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Artist Walkthrough and Performance with Maxi Kim: The Principle of North Korean Charity
July 14, 2010 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2pm: Artist/writer talk with Maxi Kim (open to the public)
4pm: Performance with Maxi Kim and Robbie Hansen, plus a short video by Gina Clark
About The Principle of North Korean Charity
No State is a state without an idea. If we examine many of today’s visual art practices by and about East Asians – from Ai Wei Wei’s process oriented antics to Yoshitomo Nara’s interactive environments – the general trajectory appears to lack any concern or significant relevance to really existing totalitarian States of exceptions. The Principle of North Korean Charity is a modest attempt to accommodate this larger purview by presenting Kim Jong Il’s art theory in the context of Les Figues Press’ broader ongoing considerations within Not Content.
Maxi Kim was born in a military camp on Mt. Paekdu, the tallest volcanic mountain on the East Asian peninsula. According to an ancestral inscription his birth was heralded by the spectral presence of the haiku poet Issa over the mountain’s caldera. He studied Japanese and American literature at University of California, then studied French theory at California Institute of the Arts, where he wrote his first novel One Break, A Thousand Blows. His writing has been compared to the visual art of Richard Prince, Wallace Berman, and the films of Sofia Coppola. In 2008 he moved to London, and taught writing. He currently lives in San Francisco.
To learn more about Maxi’s work and The Principle of North Korean Charity, visit notcontent.lesfigues.com/2010/06/maxi-kim
To learn more about the Not Content project, visit notcontent.lesfigues.com
Not Content is part of LACE’s year-long PUBLIC INTEREST initiative and Part 1 of Kim Schoenstadt’s Painted Over/Under: Parts 1-4. To learn more about Schoenstadt’s project, visit www.paintedoverunder.tumblr.com