Book Launch and work presentation by conceptual artist and writer Jacob Peter Kovner.
Thursday, August 15th 7 - 9pmWith a reading at 8pm
“What I didn’t realize was that I could not so easily escape the future that had been written for me. By taking their money, I became complicit in their vision. I accepted being written as the child the trust envisions: never fully grown, always living for its own future."
Fortune points both to something received (inherited or told to one) and made actively (as future or as money). This book, combining criticism and memoir, refers to both; the author, Jacob Peter Kovner, is what is pejoratively called a trust fund baby, which is to say he has inherited a fortune. This essay portrays the basic desire of the individual to write an own story that integrates the traumatic aspects of his or her origins. Capital, always already alienated, is a repressed memory of both society at large and the subjects it inheres. This work asks how hegemony works on the beneficiaries of privilege.Jacob Peter Kovner’s performances generally take the form of “staged conversations” that are rehearsed yet include spontaneous exchange with other performers and/or audience members. Kovner has written two books, 1130 Fifth Avenue, a short novel, and now Fortune. His work has been presented in both gallery and performance settings, including KW Berlin, The Sophiensaele, Gessnerallee (Zurich), Vriend van Bavink (Amsterdam).
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