Conceptual Voices in a Digital Age | Bernar Venet & Derek Beaulieu
Bernar Venet + Derek Beaulieu: Conceptual voices in a digital age – Readings and performances
On the occasion of the release of two major books at Jean Boîte Éditions, this event brings together for the first time two leading conceptual artists.
Derek Beaulieu’s a, A Novel (Jean Boîte Éd., 2017) is an erasure-based translative response to Andy Warhol’s eponymous novel. Beaulieu carefully erase all of the text on each page of the original work, leaving only the punctuation marks, typists’ insertions and onomatopoeic words. The resultant text is a novelistic ballet mécanique, a visual orchestration of the traffic signals and street noise of 1960’s New York City. This visually powerful half score/half novel highlights the musicality of non-narrative sounds embedded within conversation.