Photo: Lukas Cox
Outside the Box talks are free with paid gallery admission.
Join Christoph Cox, philosopher, curator, and theorist of contemporary art and music, for an Outside the Box lecture on “Anri Sala: Answer Me.”
Cox will discuss Sala’s recent video work in terms of the musical practice of “versioning,” the transformation of a song or composition into a ghostly double marked by fragments, echoes, and absences. Focusing on The Present Moment (in B-flat) (2014), The Present Moment (in D) (2014), _Ravel Ravel _(2013), Unravel (2013), and other works, Cox will examine the ways in which these multichannel and multilayered works explore the fundamental properties of audiovisual recording and produce temporal and historical specters that haunt the present.
Outside the Box offers a roster of gallery-based talks given by a variety of guest speakers over the course of a season. In this series, lecturers with diverse backgrounds and affinities will address the New Museum’s spring exhibition, “Anri Sala: Answer Me,” in forty-five- to sixty-minute presentations taking place exclusively in the Museum’s galleries. As a way to emphasize the Museum’s strong commitment to new art and new ideas, Outside the Box Gallery Talks are open to the public and are intended to provide participants with multidisciplinary perspectives on New Museum exhibitions. To this end, lecturers will speak about the exhibition or themes emergent in Sala’s works from the various positions they occupy—be they academic, personal, political, or otherwise. With their distinct individual relationships to the artist and works on view, lecturers will engage in rich investigations that will illuminate and probe the Museum’s current exhibition program.
All Outside the Box talks are free with Museum admission, but attendance is limited. Please RSVP here
Christoph Cox is Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, and visiting faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. He is the author of Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Materialism (forthcoming) and Nietzsche: Naturalism and Interpretation (University of California Press, 1999), and coeditor of Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg Press, 2015) and Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum, 2004). A 2009 recipient of an Arts Writers Grant from the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, Cox is Editor-at-Large at Cabinet magazine. His writing has appeared in October, Artforum, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Wire, Journal of Visual Culture, Organised Sound, Review of Metaphysics, and elsewhere. He has curated exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Kitchen, New York; CONTEXT Art Miami; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; G Fine Art Gallery, Washington, DC; and other venues.