Conversation with Kasia Fudakowski and Habib William Kherbek (Linguist and Author)
Sunday, April 15, 2018
A conversation between Kasia Fudakowski and Habib William Kherbek focusing on the film project Word Count.
The looping, slapstick-like film fragments of Word Count (2016 ongoing) approach a fictional apocalyptic scenario that proposes a connection between the earth’s scarcity of natural resources and an excess of information. As a result, citizens are allowed to speak only 433 words per day, a reference to John Cage’s 4’33”. While couples in the films struggle to keep within their limit, an anarchic professor refuses to adapt and thus ultimately meets his downfall.
Habib William Kherbek is an artist and writer based between London and Berlin. He earned his PhD from the University of London in linguistics with a focus on the experimental poet John Ashbery (1927–2017). Kherbek’s writing has appeared in a wide range of publications throughout the US and Europe. His novels Ecology of Secrets (2013) and Ultralife (2016) were both published with Arcadia Missa. His critical writings have appeared in magazines such as Art Agenda, Flash Art and Spike. His fiction Cartographical Interface is included in the anthology_ Intersubjectivity Volume 1_ (2016, Sternberg Press), his latest poem_ I’m Almost Back to Normal_ was recently published in the volume Night Shifter (2018, TLTR).
Admission is free for members.
The event accompanies the exhibition Kasia Fudakowski – Boiling Frogs, on view at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen, Düsseldorf through April 22, 2018.