The making of Olomouc

In 2017, I sat in on Prof. Dr. Bernd Herzogenrath’s (Goethe Universität) yearly seminar on experimental art in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The weeklong seminar for students from both Goethe Universität and Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci commemorated the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday with a look at the influence of American Transcendentalism on American art and culture, with a particular focus on John Cage, American avant-garde music and related practices. Prof. Herzogenrath gave an introductory lecture and visiting artists Christopher Shultis, Hee Sook Kim and Craig Shepard presented talks and performances, and guided silent walks. Students were then introduced …

Chris Mann “speaking is difficult”

I’ve spent weeks trying to write about my experience of Chris Mann’s work, and every time I sit down, I decimate what I’ve written before in a maelstrom of editing. The more I think about his work, which is centered in language, the more I recognize the inherent lack of precision in words themselves and in my own phrasing. In my effort to more exactly convey my thoughts, the impossibility becomes frustratingly more apparent. It’s only now that I am realizing how hilarious this is given that Mann’s work – though exacting and precise in his use of language – …