A Reading from ‘Gharavi’s Bio’

TNI contributor and blogger Maryam Monalisa Gharavi in conversation with Brian Droitcour

As part of Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, TNI contributor and blogger Maryam Monalisa Gharavi will read from her book Gharavi’s Bio. Following the reading is a conversation with Brian Droitcour. Entrance is free, and details are included below. A program for the New York Art Book Fair can be found here.

Saturday, September 22 6:00 – 7:00 pm, MoMA PS1 CL
Bio: Canceled texts and the World Wide Web, with Maryam Monalisa Gharavi and Brian Droitcour
A reading and conversation around Gharavi’s Bio (Inventory Press 2018), a hybrid work that reconfigures canceled text and the World Wide Web. The book captures a span of 365 days during which the artist updated the 160-character “bio” section of her Twitter account each day. While tweets are regularly captured by corporate data storage centers this “bio” section remains the only untraceable and non-archived part of the software’s superstructure. “Bio” ultimately left no record of itself, complicating the normative binaries of online/offline and digital/print. An experiment in erasure, self-deletion, and visibility in the expanded sphere of the net, “Bio” anchors itself in the wider lineage of artists’ canceled texts, but in the age of new data as “soft” power. Presented by Inventory Press & Fully Booked.