artist book launch

Sat Dec 12, 6.30 pm
Eyebeam, 540 W 21st St

Presentation of the publication which elucidates the work of London artists Luksch & Patel and their collaborators, as part of the wave of critical art that has emerged alongside the rise of digital networks. Includes texts by Armin Medosch, Keiko Sei, Siraj Izhar.

followed by...

PARTY! Mukul will be playing music at the after-party for Eyebeam's Holiday Hackshop, a free electronic bricolage fair for all ages.

On a censor's desk lie stacks of identical books awaiting redaction. In each book, a provocative text - the transcript of an interview with Iranian philosopher Ali Alizadeh - is censored by hand. The censorship scheme is exacting and draconian, leaving only one (different) word of the text exposed in each copy.

Reflecting the content of the text (in which Alizadeh traces the polyvalent impact of new technologies on freedom of expression in Iran), LOVE, PIRACY... continues online as an experiment in collective uncovering. Holders of the book are invited to collude in undermining the censor's efforts by sharing their unique words at the project website. As words are shared, so the text is gradually revealed to all.

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