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:
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) http://www.ustream.tv/channel/e-flux