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Exactly a century ago, French author Raymond Roussel published Locus Solus. The book went on to influence some of the major figures of 20th century art and literature, including Marcel Duchamp, Alain Robbe-Grillet, John Ashbery, and Harry Mathews. Now the visual artist, novelist, and media theorist Mark Amerika has performatively remixed Roussel’s text for his own ends.

Mark Amerika’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009–2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. In 2009, Amerika released Immobilité, generally considered the first feature-length art film ever shot on a mobile phone. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, 2011, remixthebook.com) and his collection of artist writings entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (MIT, 2007). His latest art work, Museum of Glitch Aesthetics (glitchmuseum.com), was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics. The project was recently remixed for his survey exhibition, Glitch. Click. Thunk, at the University Art Galleries at the University of Hawaii. Amerika is a professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In Fall 2013, he was the Labex-H2H International Research Chair at the University of Paris 8. More information can found at his website, markamerika.com and at his twitter feed @markamerika.

Locus Solus
September, 2014
Mark Amerika
$28.00; 6″ x 9″; 264 pgs.
ISBN 978-1-933996-48-6

 
 

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