Musing on the accumulative, highly malleable nature of individual and social identity, the works in the Kadist Video Librarys most recent online episode, AP: Assembled Personalities, provide a trenchant framework through which we may examine the confluence of material and virtual practices that define our current reality.
As COVID-19 continues to proliferate throughout New York City, forcing all art institutions to remain closed to the public, museums and galleries have been scrambling to convert their programming to an online-only format. A standout example of this adaptation is P.P.O.W.s current presentation, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head.
Divided into two cyclesthe second cycle began streaming on Juneteenththe exhibition presented a wide range of videos and performances by younger contemporary artists punctuated by a few historical works that function as both a critical framing device and a daunting attestation of the enduring cultural and political failures that have been inherited by the current generation.
Including previously unpublished material from as early as 1969, this collection offers not only a thoroughly-researched selection of early Acker texts, but also a compelling addition to the extant criticism, providing detailed insight into the creative processes that entwined the authors life and writing.