RAT talk, Seoul: 18 March

by Travis Jeppesen on March 14, 2017

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Travis Jeppesen (*1979) is a writer and artist based in Berlin. His work can be viewed as an exploration of writing “in the expanded field,” as he works in several different modes, having authored novels, books of poetry, plays and film scripts. As a critic and essayist, he regularly contributes to such publications as Artforum, Art in America, and Frieze. His calligraphic writings have been the subject of solo exhibitions at Exile (Berlin) and Rupert (Vilnius.)
In addition to these more traditional forms, Jeppesen has developed what he terms “object-oriented writing”—writing that enacts a subjective, embodied encounter with and response to art objects. Jeppesen’s texts treat objects as inhabitable. By positioning his own voice within the object, he counters nearly all forms of critical analysis that assume a distance from objects in order to speak about them; as he observes, “Something that is located within an object can never be ‘about’ that object—aboutness is always external.” His first major object-oriented writing project, 16 Sculptures, was published in book format by Publication Studio, featured in the Whitney Biennial as an audio installation, and was the subject of a solo exhibition at Wilkinson Gallery in London.
His books include Victims, Poems I Wrote While Watching TV, Dicklung & Others, All Fall, and Wolf at the Door. Jeppesen’s most recent novel, The Suiciders, was published by Semiotext(e) in 2013; subsequently, he performed “marathon readings” of the entire novel, lasting eight hours without pause, at the ICA in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Travis Jeppesen has taught as a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, Leeds Beckett University, and the Royal College of Art, where he recently completed a PhD in Critical Writing in Art and Design. He is currently an International Research Fellow at MMCA Seoul-Changdong (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul.)


Lecturer: Travis Jeppesen
Date: March 18 2017 (Sat) 8 p.m.
Venue: RAT
Admission Fee: none
Address: 37 Donui-dong, Jongno-gu, 110-807 Seoul, 6F
Subway: Jongno 3-ga station, exit 4
Inquiries: 010-5239-4020 (Dirk)
*The event will be in English*

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