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From 1993-96, artist Rainer Ganahl held six reading seminars with six different bibliographies in six different countries and entitled this public project; "IMPORTED—A READING SEMINAR, Or How to Reinvent the Coffee Table: 25 Books for Instant Use (7 Different National Versions). ” Imported – A Reading Seminar is an extension of that project and gathers together a collection of texts with the common theme of import. For this volume, Ganahl invited a series of authors who have an intimate relation with each country he visited to contribute texts or interviews addressing the consequences of (cultural) exchange, globalization, nationalism, multinationalism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism, tourism, languages, theory, desires, identity, and politics from a variety of perspectives. The interview between Kojin Karatani and Sabu Kohso, included in this volume, addresses important economical and political aspects along with its instrumentality in the construction of nations and of race consciousness; Bill Arning's text demonstrates how the author came to understand through his experience as a curator that sexuality always has a specific cultural context; Coco Fusco deals with issues of prostitution in socialist countries now in the process of transition to capitalism; dealing with displacement of collective identities and their representation, Sami Naïr asks the question: What is it to be Arab? And Sylvere Lotringer: How can one become a foreigner in a foreign country. The resulting volume includes texts in English, Japanese, Russian, German, and French by nineteen different authors. Knowledge of a foreign language helps, but is not necessary. Along with those already mentioned included are texts by Julia Kristeva, Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Zeigam Azizov, Lisa Adkins, Dan Bacalzo, Benjamin Buchloh, Karen Kelsky, Dana Leonard, Edward Soja, Victor Tupitsyn, Wulf Schmidt-Wulfen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570270765
Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date: 01/01/1997
Series: Semiotext(e) Journal
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rainer Ganahl was born in Austria and has been living in New York since 1990. His artistic work often deals with the forms and content of education and politics at the intersection of linguistic and class issues. His other books include Reading Karl Marx , Ortssprache – Local Language , Educational Complex , and Please, Write Your Opinions of U. S. Politics .

Rainer Ganahl was born in Austria and has been living in New York since 1990. His artistic work often deals with the forms and content of education and politics at the intersection of linguistic and class issues. His other books include Reading Karl Marx , Ortssprache – Local Language , Educational Complex , and Please, Write Your Opinions of U. S. Politics .

Kojin Karatani is a Japanese philosopher who teaches at Kinki University, Osaka, and Columbia University. He is the author of Architecture as Metaphor (MIT Press, 1995) and Origins of Modern Japanese Literature. He founded the New Associationist Movement (NAM) in Japan in 2000.

Bill Arning is Curator at the List Visual Arts Center at MIT.

Julia Kristeva is a cultural theorist and psychoanalyst.

Sylvère Lotringer is Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School, Switzerland, and Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University.

Victor Tupitsyn is a critic and theorist living in New York City and Paris. He is on the advisory board of Third Text, London.

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and an editor of October magazine. He is the author of Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry: Essays on European and American Art from 1955 to 1975 (MIT Press) and other books.

Table of Contents

Introduction9
Vorwort24
Introduction42
Japanese Version75
Intercourse of Ideas76
Two Modes of Translation, or a Crossing over the Pacific96
US Version115
Everyone is Gay (if Kurt Cobain said it, it's true)116
I'm Sorry, But I Don't Speak the Language121
Hustling for Dollars: Sex Work & Tourism in Cuba139
Traveling Theory157
Lost our language--Underneath the linguistic map182
French Version193
The Other Language or Translating Sensitivity194
Agent de l'etranger (Foreign Agent)211
Les identites aleatoires221
Russian Version231
Russification and the Terrain of "Self-Determination"232
[characters not reproducible]243
Californian Version259
Flirting with the Foreign--Interracial Sex in Japan's "International" Age260
Los Angeles 1965 - 1992: From Crisis-Generated Restructuring to Restructuring-Generated Crisis281
German Version317
Bose Bemerkungen zwischen Moskau und Los Angeles318
"Teufelskreise"--geographische Vorstellungen deutscher Jugendlicher zum Thema afrikansiche "Entwicklungslander"340
Austrian Version349
Sprechen, Lesen, Lernen, Lehren350
Zur Rekonstruktion des franzosischen Feminismus: Verdinglichung, Materialismus und Geschlecht. Die Verdinglichung des "franzosischen Feminismus"364
Bibliographies397
Contributors412

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