What follows could have been an essay or an interview. In the event, it resembles the one as little as it resembles the other. The images are nearly all by Vanessa Hodgkinson. David Trotter supplied most of the words. This is the story of a critic’s encounter with work by an artist who had encountered some of his ideas. Although the artist the story describes is an artist and the critic a critic, it’s not always easy to tell exactly where in the art the artist ends and the critic begins, and exactly where in the criticism
the critic ends and the artist begins. What follows is the log of a conversation which has been going on in various ways for about six months, and will be continued. It is the record of images that would not have been made and thoughts that would not have been thought had two individuals not chanced to become conversant. Techno-primitivism made its first public appearance in an essay I published in the London Review of Books in August 2012 on D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Lady Chatterley’s Lover is full-on primitivist.... [Click to read more]
Mai-Thu Perret, Edouard Levé, Jan Steyn, Luc Tuymans, Mr Guardianista, Jesse Loncraine, Yves Bonnefoy, Berverley Bie Brahic, Jennifer Hodgson, Patricia Waugh, Talia Chetrit, Peter Stamm, Michael Hofmann, Keston Sutherland, Natalie Ferris, Oli Hazzard, Joe Luna, Lawrence Lek, John Stezaker, Alice Hattrick, James Wilkes
Benjamin Eastham is a freelance editor, writer and curator. He also works at Hannah Barry Gallery, London.
Jacques Testard is a freelance editor, writer and translator. In the past he has worked at The Sunday Times, the Paris Review, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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