How we operate is already broken: Jared Pappas-Kelley and To Build a House that Never Ceased

Dec Dec Ackroyd, Jared Pappas-Kelley

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I chat with Jared Pappas-Kelley about his new book, and it’s context around whatever it is that seems to be happening in the world right now. To Build a House that Never Ceased is a collection of writings by Pappas-Kelley, seeking to take apart ideas of solvency in art and building on his other recent book Solvent Form: Art and Destruction. Following a tradition of artist writers, the collection presents an opportunity to reflect and re-examine existing thoughts—bisecting and dissecting the metaphorical rooms of writing, to see how they might collapse or build something new. We talk about his new book and it’s connections between The Winchester House and Gordon Matta-Clark, we also chat cultural exhaustion and Jack Halberstam, and what the problem is with the term contemporary in the art world. We also discuss his new publishing imprint invert/extant press, our mutual love of Auto-destructive art and Gustav Metzger, as well as our dislike of gatekeepers, and how instead we should support and collaborate with those still starting out. These ideas and others are framed around the current era of social justice movements like Black Lives Matter, and of course the global effects of Covid 19.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputBlog post
PublisherHarrying of the north
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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