Before and during my lecture at Documenta 13. The talk, which happened on 11 July, was called “That Sound Should Have Been Our Title: Ekphrasis and the Novel in Contemporary Art.” Thanks to Tarek Atoui who let us use his exhibition space in the Orangerie for the lecture.

Also, I will be reading from The Bewilderments of Bernard Willis in Offener Kanal in the Bahnhof tonight at 23:00, if anyone is in Kassel.

I will be writer-in-residence at dOCUMENTA 13 from July 1 - July 15. If you are in Kassel, stop by! 

From a forthcoming work

A critic is like a governess in the bleakest and most macabre of Victorian novels, where the social order remains intact, and there is room for neither mobility nor love, only a little bit of upstairs-downstairs at the expense of the poor girl’s reputation and hopes, and, in the end, she realizes she’s in love with a corpse while her best friend, an artist, marries rich.

An excerpt from an essay that I’m currently writing with the critic Manuel Cirauqui. It follows from the thesis for the Art Criticism course I’ve taught at Emily Carr University for the past two years:

There is no such thing as art criticism, only a series of forms dictated and commissioned by magazines, institutions, and websites. The critic, much like a poet, needs to be able to articulate and execute these forms. Critique, as such, does not occur in the creation of discrete statements, whether descriptive or evaluative. Instead, it arises in the pattern created by the collection or accumulation of predetermined forms. How a critic works with and in these patterns determines the nature of the critical project. While the statement itself remains an integral part of critique, the critic must recognize the limitations of a statement under these conditions. He or she must be aware of how statements work in relation to each other, the pattern of the whole creating the critical discourse. What the critic needs to do is have these predetermined forms undermine their established limits.

weststreetgallery:

PHOTOS FROM AARON PECK’S READING AND SCREENING, BY ADAM HARRISON

publicationstudio:

Aaron Peck will be reading soon at 395 West Street at WEST STREET GALLERY

Here is me looking like a maniac before my reading at West Street Gallery today in New York. Thanks to Matt Moravec and Alex Gartenfeld for hosting. What an awesome space, what awesome hosts.

publicationstudio:

Aaron Peck will be reading soon at 395 West Street at WEST STREET GALLERY

Here is me looking like a maniac before my reading at West Street Gallery today in New York. Thanks to Matt Moravec and Alex Gartenfeld for hosting. What an awesome space, what awesome hosts.

weststreetgallery:

West Street Gallery is pleased to present

Letters to the Pacific
Written by Aaron Peck
Annotated by Adam Harrison and Dominic Osterried

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Book Presentation from 2 p.m.
Reading/Screening from 2:30 - 4 p.m.


“The uniformity is remarkable. The air is…

Adam Harrison and I will be giving the “Letters” event at West Street Gallery this afternoon.   If you’re in the NYC area, drop by.

publicationstudio:

Aaron Peck reads

My brief reading during last night’s Publication Studio/Highlands Dinner Club event. A number of books and authors were featured, including Carl Skoggard’s translations of Walter Benjamin, and B Wurtz’s new book with PS. The dinner took place in Harlem in a basement about two blocks away from where I originally wrote the book.

publicationstudio:

Aaron Peck reads

My brief reading during last night’s Publication Studio/Highlands Dinner Club event. A number of books and authors were featured, including Carl Skoggard’s translations of Walter Benjamin, and B Wurtz’s new book with PS. The dinner took place in Harlem in a basement about two blocks away from where I originally wrote the book.