Co-author of It’s the Political Economy Stupid (Pluto, 2012), Greg Sholette’s art installation ‘Torrent’ is currently showing at Printed Matter (195 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10011), until March 16th. Details for the exhibition are below.
Books float, documents sink, and memories are laundered in Sholette’s low-key and sometimes invisible installation “Torrent” for Printed Matter Books in Chelsea. The work simultaneously invokes superstorm Sandy’s disastrous flooding of the 36 year old bookstore and alternative space’s basement archives, as well as the erasure of a certain idea of the van-guard alternative space that today we find precariously straddling the divide between survival and sustainability in an era of neoliberal economic realities that are quite different from the year 1976 in which Printed Matter was founded.
Still, as with any sudden “occupation” – be it that of nature, humans or gods – it is often through a process of destruction, recovery and recollection that new possibilities are commenced, and perhaps old initiatives are reborn.
“Torrent”: is a video installation designed for Printed Matter by Greg Sholette. The project is visible from Feb 15th to March 16th [its best to visit after dusk] and has been produced with special thanks to the artist Matthew Greco and the staff of Printed Matter.
The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory
Edited by Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler
Leading critical artists and theorists analyse the current crisis of capitalism.
“Confrontational, intellectual, and occasionally amusing group show, which squarely aligns itself with the Occupy movement.” – Village Voice (praise for the exhibition on which the book is based)
“In the wake of the capitalist crisis, very few cultural institutions have dared to address the horrors of greed that plague us in such a direct and haunting way. “ – Alexander Cavaluzzo, Hyperallergic