Visiting the LA Art Book Fair, realize that “art” books no longer necessarily about visual art … in fact, most are not. “Art” now connotes something else, a non-commercial cultural product … Art projects like Rolling Jubilee, K Hole, Care of Editions might once have been perceived through the lens of activism … Ability of conceptual art projects to reflect and concretize the abstraction of capital’s flows … conceptual art being perhaps best medium through which to perceive something as conceptual and abstract as capital … Film, theater, literature, poetry, experimental music and dance disappear as separate disciplines with no distribution/revenue structures left to support them, and migrate into the art world … the strengths and weaknesses of this situation.
Chris Kraus is a writer and critic based in Los Angeles. Her most recent novel is Summer of Hate. In 2012, she co-curated the exhibition Radical Localism: Art, Media and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose at Artists Space with Richard Birkett and Marco Vera. This work has led to further writings on the expanding art world and outpost culture, including Kelly Lake Store (n+1, Summer 2013). She contributed to ICA Philadelphia Four Roads Jason Rhoades book, and writes about art and culture for various magazines.
This talk is given as part of the lecture series The Visitor Talks : Pre-ambulation and Retrospection.