by Kathryn Mockler, June 26, 2013
From Rusty Blog, The blog of the online literary and arts Journal The Rusty Toque
On June 25, 2013, the Power Plant presented a talk with Kenneth Goldsmith and Christian Bök as part of the In Conversation series. Goldsmith and Bök’s works are featured with over 50 other artist and writers in the Power Plant’s current exhibition Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Andrea Andersson.
Bök and Goldsmith met in Buffalo, NY in the 1990s which marks the starting point for what has come to be known as the conceptual writing movement. Goldsmith and Bök are considered the founders of conceptual writing—although they acknowledge that many of the concepts they are working with were first touched on by their avant-garde predecessors such as Brion Gysin. The main difference between contemporary conceptual writing and the work that was being done in the 1960s is that contemporary writers and artists are dealing with the digital, and this has enabled them to work with content and actualize concepts that would have been impossible in the past. Bök explains that some of this work just “couldn’t exist without the web.”