James Hoff participates in The Classroom at Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair, MoMA/PS1, with Michalis Pichler, Eric Doeringer, and David Platzker, September 24, 2017
Michalis Pichler’s Books and Ideas after Seth Siegelaub (co-published by the Center For Book Arts and Sternberg Press) spans an arc of tension between the works of Seth Siegelaub and contemporary cultural production. It features an interview with Seth Siegelaub, two essays, and an extensively illustrated catalogue with bibliographic details. Books by Siegelaub are often taken as starting points for new projects, which are derivative and yet substantial artworks in their own right. Also, Siegelaub’s engagement with the Art Workers’ Coalition and subsequent draft of The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement has had wide reception and reaction in contemporary art and activism. Most of the people who do revisit Siegelaub at this point are “book people” of some sort, bibliophiles, librarians, artists who do books and people who have a track record in appropriation. Pichler moderates a discussion with James Hoff, Eric Doeringer and David Platzker about Siegelaub’s work and influence.