SOLILOQUY Kenneth Goldsmith
“ I F E V E R Y W O R D S P O K E N i n N e w Y o r k C i t y d a i l y w e r e s o m e h o w t o m a t e r i a l i z e a s a s n o w f l a k e , e a c h d a y t h e r e w o u l d b e a b l i z z a r d . ”
Soliloquy, a written record of every word spoken by artist, web designer and DJ Kenneth Goldsmith during one week, debuted as a text installation in 1997. Presenting all of one man’s words in a continuous, abstract stream, the work inspired self-examination by both artist and viewers. In this book version, language is concrete as well as arranged. The collection of words is divided into seven “acts” through which the structure and sequence of Goldsmith’s days becomes evident.
KENNETH GOLDSMITH’S most recent book, FIDGET (Coach House Books, 2000), records every movement his body made on Bloomsday 1997. He is also the author of No. 111 2.7.93-10.20.96 (The Figures, 1997) and 73 POEMS (Permanent Press, 1993), a collaboration with vocalist Joan La Barbara. Goldsmith is the editor of UbuWeb Visual, Concrete + Sound Poetry (ubu.com) and a DJ on NYC-based Freeform Radio WFMU. His visual art- works are represented by Gorney, Bravin + Lee, NYC. “ I N A L L , A R E V E A L I N G , f u n n y , i r r i t a t i n g a n d e x h a u s t i n g w o r k o f s o m e t h i n g . ”
The New York Times
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Literature • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-53-9 • $17.95 PB • 6" x 10" • 296 pp