Word is a Virus

Susan Silton, "In everything there is the trace," 2013. Installation view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Photo: Alexandra Brown.

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

“Word is a Virus” columnist Carol Cheh looks at two recent performance projects that involved retyping iconic works of literature on typewriters.

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Word is a Virus

The Flights of Concord

Word is a Virus

The Flights of Concord

Columnist Carol Cheh interviews members of Concord, a “youthful and highly organic project” based in Los Angeles.

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Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Columnist Carol Cheh reminisces on two exhibitions in L.A. that complicate “our reception of myth” and inspire “more nuanced engagement.”

The first issue of Night Papers, published in August 2011

Word is a Virus

Night Papers

Word is a Virus

Night Papers

Carol Cheh reports on an L.A.-based literary journal that “has the look and feel of a humble neighborhood rag” but is filled with “surprising moments.”

Public Fiction in Los Angeles, set up to look like a foreign correspondent's office

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Public Fiction: The Play’s the Thing

Word is a Virus

Public Fiction: The Play’s the Thing

Public Fiction, an exhibition and event space in Los Angeles, hosts events that “provide constant stimuli” but “the journals really are the gems of the project.”

Susan Silton, Kay, from Who's in a Name?, 2013, offset lithographed screen grab

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Susan Silton Asks, “Who’s in a Name?”

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Susan Silton Asks, “Who’s in a Name?”

Columnist Carol Cheh reflects on Susan Stilton’s interventionist artwork “Who’s in a Name?”, a response to John Baldessari’s marquee installation “Your Name in Lights.”

Emily Mast, "Birdbrain (Addendum)," 2012, video still. Courtesy of the artist and LACE.

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Word is a Virus | LA Existancial

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | LA Existancial

Carol Cheh reviews the Guy de Cointet exhibition at LACE and touches on the creative links between Los Angeles and France.

Zine World at the LA Art Book Fair, held at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Photo courtesy Printed Matter, Inc.

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Word is a Virus | Fan Letter: Printed Matter’s First Los Angeles Art Book Fair

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Fan Letter: Printed Matter’s First Los Angeles Art Book Fair

The first ever Los Angeles Art Book Fair gets a rave review from resident book lover Carol Cheh.

Release party for Darin Klein and Friends' Box of Books Vol. V, Human Resources, Los Angeles, October 2012. Photo courtesy of The Art Book Review.

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Word is a Virus | Artists’ Zines: Darin Klein and Friends’ Box of Books

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Artists’ Zines: Darin Klein and Friends’ Box of Books

Columnist Carol Cheh praises Darin Klein and Friends’ Box of Books that “conjure minimalist and conceptual art practices dating back to the 1960s.”

The Library of Sacred Technologies (LoST)

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Word is a Virus | The Library of Sacred Technologies: Divine Providence 2.0

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | The Library of Sacred Technologies: Divine Providence 2.0

Carol Cheh on the Library of Sacred Technologies (LoST), an experimental publishing platform that has produced a series of pamphlets that are part religious tract, part art zine.

A selection of recent zines by Los Angeles artists.

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Word is a Virus | Revisiting Zines

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Revisiting Zines

Are zines making a comeback? Carol Cheh looks at the evolution of self-publishing since the 1990s and the resurgence of the zine scene in Los Angeles.

MATERIAL Issue 3. Courtesy of materialpress.org.

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Word is a Virus | New Releases in Artist-Run Journals: MATERIAL and Prism of Reality

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | New Releases in Artist-Run Journals: MATERIAL and Prism of Reality

Carol Cheh looks at two artist-run journals, both of which provide compelling textual windows into L.A.’s rich community of artists and artistic practices.

Jack Goldstein, Selected Writings 1994–2000, one of 17 books. Collection Brian Butler, Los Angeles. Photo: Brian Forrest, courtesy 1301PE and the Estate of Jack Goldstein.

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Word is a Virus | Jack Goldstein: The Subject Vanishes

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Jack Goldstein: The Subject Vanishes

Carol Cheh looks at the writings of Jack Goldstein, a seminal member of the Pictures Generation who also made numerous bodies of work using nothing but text.

Danielle Adair, Oh—Say Can You See, video still, 2003. Courtesy of the artist.

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Word is a Virus | A Studio Visit with Danielle Adair

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | A Studio Visit with Danielle Adair

Carol Cheh talks with Danielle Adair, an artist whose videos, performances and installations interrogate the political uses to which language is put.

Mario Cutajar, Dispersion (after Brecht), 2011, installation view, JB Jurve. Photo: Carol Cheh.

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Word is a Virus | Cutting Up

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Cutting Up

Carol Cheh launches this new column by employing William S. Burroughs’s “cut up” technique to generate a new text based on her own discarded writings.

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Word is a Virus

New Column: Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus

New Column: Word is a Virus

Penned by Carol Cheh, the Art21 Blog’s newest column explores the relationship between art and the written word.