April 25, 2019, 10:30 AM – 2 PM
Many thanks to the writer, critic & artist Habib William Kherbek for his lecture & workshop The Futile-Worthy Pursuit of Originality within the framework of the international BAI Spring Academy about Art & Criticism and providing a comprehensive insight into the evolution and creation of his interdisciplinary practice and projects. The event was part of the Studio Program at BAI | Berlin Artist Residency, Art School & Arts Incubator.
“Habib William Kherbek’s presentation will consider the status of originality in the deeply commodified yet deeply remixed digital culture of today. The presentation will discuss the complicated ontology of originality, related concepts like alterity and novelty, and will seek to integrate case studies from across artistic forms as well as methodologies of cultural creation not traditionally classified as “arts” e.g. finance. Informed by insights from philosophy, economics, critical studies and linguistics, the presentation will endeavour to be inclusive and wide-ranging, placing equal value on destabilising notions of originality as on seeking to foster new approaches to creativity. Discussions and workshops following the pre-prepared presentation will include participatory and discursive aspects.” (Text by courtesy of Habib William Kherbek)
William Kherbek, born in Kansas City, KS USA in 1978, is the writer of the novels Ecology of Secrets (Arcadia Missa, 2013) and ULTRALIFE (Arcadia Missa, 2016), and his video-poem playlist/collection/reading retrodiction (2016) was released by left gallery. Kherbek’s short poetry collection, 26 Ideologies for Aspiring Ideologists, was released by If a Leaf Falls Press in 2018. His essay “Technofeudalism and the Tragedy of the Commons” (2016) appeared in the first issue of Doggerland’s journal, and he has contributed essays to the “Intersubjectivity” series from Sternberg Press, and the How to Sleep Faster series from Arcadia Missa. His visual work has been exhibited at Decad in Berlin, The Hardy Tree Gallery in London, and the Newgate Gap space in Margate, UK. His journalism has appeared in a number of publications in Europe and the US including Rhizome, Spike Magazine, AQNB, Samizdat, and Flash Art. His Ph.D. is from the University of London (2014). The topic of the thesis was the relationship of experimental literature and cognitive philosophy. Kherbek co-curated, with Lou Cantor, the 2016 Transart Triennial and he received the 2015 Rufus Stone Residency in London. He has taught at The University of the Arts in London, London Metropolitan University and the Sandberg institute in Amsterdam. He lives in Berlin.
More information on the Habib William Kherbek Website.