September 16, 2017 –
July 28, 2018
This year-long research season uses the work of the artist Seth Price as a lens to think about our contemporary moment.

Our point of departure is the work of the artist Seth Price. From there, a series of open questions map out a broad thematic territory for a year-long schedule of public events: reading groups, lectures, performances, screenings, and other events explore artists and ideas that emerge as related or as relevant in productive ways.

Please join the collective conversation as it evolves over the course of the year: attend an event, consult some of the online resources, and visit the Wattis bar for additional materials.

The CCA reading group includes Gwen Allen, Dena Beard, Dodie Bellamy, Anthony Discenza, Drew Heitzler, Anthony Huberman, Kevin Killian, Claudia LaRocco, Bob Linder, Brian Moran, Viniita Moran, Kim Nguyen, Jenevive Nykolak, Ryan Peter, Ross Sappenfield, Davina Semo, James Voorhies, and Tanya Zimbardo, with research assistance by Lisa Heinis. The essays are edited by Jeanne Gerrity and the events are produced by Leila Grothe.

With special thanks to Seth Price and his entire studio.

Season 4: Seth Price is on our mind is curated by Anthony Huberman.

(Learn more about our research seasons here.)
Seth Price is on our mind.

Seth Price, 'Different Kinds of Art,' 2004
Seth Price, "Different Kinds of Art," 2004

Introduction by Anthony Huberman

There’s not much that isn't already processed. Artificial systems prepare or modify the objects we use, the images we see, the protocols we follow, or the food we eat. Raw data gets compressed and encoded in such a way as to be perfectly legible but also perfectly mutable.

It has to do with smoothing out the edges and making things easier to swallow. It's become the way of the world.

But if information is elastic, manufactured, and re-adjustable, it also becomes unreliable and ripe for abuse. People can decide that news is real and then fake and then real again, all over the course of a single afternoon.

Seth Price (b. 1973) adds problems to those transitions. He delays and drags them out, inserting knots and contradictions. His enemy is the image: it’s too disembodied, too convincing, and too plastic. It instantly flattens three dimensions into two and makes the world into a picture. Price works to prevent objects and ideas from settling into the comfort zone of the image.

(...continue reading).

The season began in September with a lecture by Michelle Kuo. Then, we screened Price's Redistribution introduced by Tanya Zimbardo. Then, we went to SFMOMA, where David Senior and Gwen Allen led a "show and tell" of artist-made matchbooks, invitation cards, and other forms of distribution. Then, Leslie Thornton screened parts of her film about children being raised on television, along with related films by Seth Price and James Richards. Then, Andrew Culp spoke about the aesthetics of refusal and imagined what it might mean to develop a contemporary agitprop.

We then published a series of new essays inspired and informed by the work of Seth Price: Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian consider Price's The World, a 2014 print edition; Ross Sappenfield takes a close look at Title Variable (2001-ongoing); Drew Heitzler focuses on negative space and Bob Linder on music; Claudia La Rocco and James Voorhies apply a series of rules and invent an "algorithm" for writing a text about Seth Price, Anthony Discenza imagines a "coda" to Price's Redistribution (2007 - ) in the form of a short story, and Vee Moran talks to Ryan Martin of Dais Records about Price's 2012 record Army Jacket.

Then, it was time for Seth Price's visit, and he was joined by Sohrab Mohebbi in conversation. Then, Sun-ha Hong visited from MIT to talk about what data is doing to our bodies. Then, the composer and sound artist James Fei processed and re-processed the room with a live performance of his own work as well as a famous piece by Alvin Lucier. Then, the novelist Sheila Heti spoke with Ross Simonini about her new book and about autofiction. Then, Cindy Mochizuki hosted a "Witches' Table" with tarot card readings. Then, Kim Gordon performed a live improvisation for voice and electric guitar.

Click on the names above to read more about each one and to see/hear documentation.