A selection of over sixty collage works by Hedi El Kholti—Semiotext(e) and Animal Shelter co-editor and designer—are collected in A PLACE IN THE SUN, a Hesse Press publication.
“My collages always start with a vague notion, or a sentence, or they’re meant to be a visual portrait with vague associations of someone who’s close to me and their infinite numbers of mirrors in pop culture. As if, like me, they’re all comprised of the sum of their influences, whether they know it or not.” — Hedi El Kholti, “Pop Culture (Heroes and Villians),” PARIS LA 5 (Winter 2010/2011)
Following a screening of DAVID WOJNAROWICZ—A CONVERSATION WITH SYLVÈRE LOTRINGER AND MARION SCEMAMA, Lotringer and AmyScholder will join Hedi ElKholti for a conversation about Scemama’s film and Wojnarowicz’s life and work.*
The film intercuts footage from Lotringer‘s extensive 1989 interview with Wojnarowicz—itself filmed by Scemama—with documents from the artist’s estate and papers, and Scemama’s personal archives.
“In 1985, the Village Voice offered me a job as senior art critic. This made my life easier and lousy at the same time. I now had to actually enter all those galleries instead of peeking in the windows.” — Gary Indiana, Vile Days
Indiana’s art reviews for the Voice—collected and republished as Vile Days: The Village Voice Art Columns, 1985–1988—combine “his novelistic and theatrical gifts with a startling political acumen to assess art and the unruly environments that give it context.”
Indiana will give this week’s graduate art lecture at ArtCenter’s Hillside Campus.
In mid-January he will read from Vile Days and present the Michael Haneke film Happy End (2017) at a Hard to Read event in West Hollywood.
The fifth and final issue of ANIMAL SHELTER—edited by Hedi El Kholti, Chris Kraus, and Janique Vigier—includes a story by Colm Tóibín, poems by Ariana Reines, and essays by Bruce Hainley (on Hervé Guibert), Masha Tupitsyn (on Ingmar Bergman), Jean-Louis Schefer (on Hitchcock’s Vertigo), and Natasha Stagg (“Alone at Safeway”).
ANIMAL SHELTER 5, available at Stories in Echo Park, and Oooga Booga in Chinatown.
The new Matt Fishbeck/Holy Shit album SOLID RAIN is out on vinyl, and will be followed by a second Fishbeck release later this year. SOLID RAIN is the first musical release from Semiotext(e), and the album’s liner notes are by Ariana Reines.
“Putting out the record for us now that L.A. is rapidly changing into a gentrification nightmare is a way to acknowledge how important Matt has been to Semiotext(e) in the last 10 years. It’s kind of a missing piece in that history.” — Semiotext(e) co-editor Hedi El Kholti*
HOLY SHIT—SOLID RAIN, Semiotext(e).
See “Running in the Rain: Josh Da Costa Chats with Matt Fishbeck About Solid Rain,” PARIS LA 15, (Spring 2017): 6 – 9.
*See Josie Thaddeus-Johns, “Holy Shit!,” Frieze, May 26, 2017:
Top: Solid Rain album cover. Photograph by Quentin Dubret.
Bottom: The first Holy Shit performance, in Los Angeles at The Echo, 2006. Left to right: Matt Fishbeck, Janet Kim, Ariel Pink. (Benjamin White not in photograph). Photographer: unknown. Image credit: Holy Shit and Frieze.