The New Social Environment#634

Nick Cave: Forothermore

Featuring Cave and Matthew Biro


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Nick Cave joins Rail Editor-at-Large Matthew Biro for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Anthony Almendárez.

In this talk

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Nick Cave

A headshot of Nick Cave.
Artist, educator and foremost a messenger, Nick Cave (b. 1959, Fulton, MO; lives and works in Chicago, IL) works between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body, initially created in direct response to the police beating of Rodney King in 1991. Soundsuits camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. They serve as a visual embodiment of social justice that represent both brutality and empowerment.

Matthew Biro

A drawing of [Matthew Biro]
Drawing by Phong Bui
Rail Editor-At-Large Matthew Biro is Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Anselm Kiefer and the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger (1998), The Dada Cyborg: Visions of the New Human in Weimar Berlin (2009), and Anselm Kiefer (2013). His reviews of contemporary art, film, and photography have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Contemporary, Art Papers, and The New Art Examiner.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Anthony Almendarez reading.

Anthony Almendarez

A photograph of Anthony Almendarez
An artist and composer working with sound, improvisation, performance, video, photo, and writing, Anthony Almendárez’s work challenges the hierarchy between audio and visual stimuli, undermining their respective stereotypes in relation to how we interpret and internalize our surroundings. Almendárez’s work has been presented nationally and internationally including at CIRCA, London, UK; Seen:Sound Visual/Music, Melbourne, Australia; ECHOFLUXX 19, Prague, Czech Republic; and Conservatoire Maurice Ravel, Paris, France, among several other venues. He is the recipient of artist grants from YES Contemporary and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Writing on his work has been featured in publications including Moving Image Art London among many others.

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