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Tune in! Launch event for e-flux journal 71: "The Cracked Ming Cup" with Luis Camnitzer, K8 Hardy, and Liam Gillick


Tonight, Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30pm, we’ll be gathered on East Broadway for a conversation between Luis Camnitzer, Liam Gillick, and K8 Hardy, prompted by Camnitzer’s text in e-flux journal issue 71, “The Cracked Ming Cup.”

For those of you at home, you can tune to the live stream here: :tv:

From Camnitzer’s essay:

"In 1963, the Uruguayan writer and journalist Eduardo Galeano went to China to interview the last emperor, Pu Yi. He and I were both working for Marcha, a Uruguayan weekly, at the time. Upon his return he commented about finding centuries-old Ming cups treated as useless garbage because they were cracked and had lost their functionality.

I thought about how the relationship between value and labor might act as a filter for posterity. Both functionality and exchange-value affect legacy, determining what remains for future generations to encounter and what does not. Though a trivial insight, it hit me only then that the objects we use to understand different cultures are simply those that have been allowed to survive long enough to become symbols representing a set of relations we then define as culture."

The conversation will be moderated by journal editor Stephen Squibb, and also celebrates the launch of the March issue!

Once again (and don’t touch that dial) :fast_forward:


PS: For instant replays of one of e-flux’s most eventful talks in recent event-memory:

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We all know that making a decent living as an artist can be quasi-impossible to even fathom. For the most part, money is hard to come by, life is expensive as hell and the public deems what they do either unnecessary, or pertaining to the realm of leisure.

Why is it that artists are paid less money than lawyers or businessmen when they’re asked to speak in front of an audience? Could there be a way to challenge the status quo?

Here are a few highlights from the launch:

Luis Camnitzer is advocating for International Fine Art Renumeration Treaty, otherwise known as IFART. Yes, that pun was intended. And it only gets better with AFUK, otherwise known as: Artists For Universal Knowledge.

Meanwhile, K8 Hardy is having mental diarhea. Her thoughts are flying all over the place hitting millions of spots. It would appear that men are to blame, as she, as a woman, has spent her life negotiating the value of her body. This isn’t just about her though, women self-brainwash themselves into accepting lower fees.

As for Liam Gillick, he brings up the safe haven of teaching that some prominent artists have retreated to as a way to escape brutal capitalism. That said, is it true?

Without further ado, for those of you who missed both the livestream and the event, here is a link to the video.