A reading group on Madeline Gins: The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had To Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader, ed. Lucy Ives, led by Alice Könitz
Madeline Gins and Shusaku Arakawa collaborated on art, architecture and writing for forty years. Their experiential architecture promotes longevity, their stated goal was not to die. Gins published three books: the experimental novel Word Rain (or a Discursive Introduction of G,R,E,T,A, G,A,R,B,O, It Says) (New York: Grossman Publishers 1969); What The President Will Say And Do!! (New York: Station Hill 1984), an excursion into identity, language and free speech using the devices of political rhetoric; and Helen Keller or Arakawa (Santa Fe: Burning Books with East/West Cultural Studies, 1994), an art historical novel that took on the form of speculative ﬁction. With Arakawa, Gins developed the philosophy of ‘procedural architecture’ to further its impact on human lives. These ideas were explored through three books that they coauthored: Pour ne Pas Mourir/To not Die (Éditions de la Diﬀérance, Paris 1987); Architectural Body (University of Alabama Press, 2002); and Making Dying Illegal - Architecture Against Death: Original to the 21st Century (Roof Books, New York, 2006).
A new Madeline Gins reader, edited by Lucy Ives, came out this April. I just started exploring their work and I’m blown away. If you would like, please join me for the reading group. We’ll read from THE_SADDEST_THING_IS_THAT_I_HAVE_HAD_TO_USE_WORDS: A Madeline Gins Reader, published by Siglio Press. You can ﬁnd a lot of information about their work on www.reversibledestiny.org
Duration: Three sessions; August 10, 17th, and 24th, 2020, 7 PM PT
Course capacity: 15 people*
*Please note that as this course is limited to fifteen participants, we will be following a first-come first-serve registration.
Link to purchase from publisher: http://sigliopress.com/book/madeline-gins-reader/