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SFU Woodwards // Djavad Mowafaghian World Arts Centre
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B1H4
Join Fillip and Los Angeles–based writer Chris Kraus on Monday, October 16, at 6 pm at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Vancouver, for a lecture on the the life and work of avant-garde writer Kathy Acker. Presented in collaboration with SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and with a Fillip Reading Group on October 17 at the Western Front, this talk will highlight work from Kraus’s new book After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography which uses exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends to trace the contradictions and depth of Acker’s life and work.
Entrance is free but space is limited. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. Copies of After Kathy Acker will be for sale at the event through the Or Gallery Bookstore.
Chris Kraus is the author of the bestselling I Love Dick, “the most important book written about men and women in the last century” (Guardian), as well as Aliens and Anorexia (Semiotext(e), 2000), Torpor (Semiotext(e), 2006), Summer of Hate (Semiotext(e), 2012), and two books of cultural criticism. She was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches writing at the European Graduate School, Switzerland. Kraus is a co-editor, with Hedi El Kholti and Sylvere Lotringer, of Semiotext(e) and lives in Los Angeles.
This talk is presented in conjunction with the recent release of Hotel Theory Reader, the fourth title in Fillip’s ongoing Folio Series presenting writing by critics, artists, and curators that engages specific and recurring questions on international contemporary art. This anthology explores the possibilities of theory as an art form, bringing together ideas initially explored in an exhibition organized in 2015 at REDCAT | CalArts’ Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts. The book assembles a collection of texts by David Antin, Art & Language, Ruth Estévez, Bruce Hainley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Chris Kraus, Snejanka Mihaylova, Sohrab Mohebbi, Cally Spooner, V-Girls, Danna Vajda, and Tirdad Zolghadr.