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Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter, Against Literacy



In this spur-of-the-moment, multilingual conversation, David Horvitz interviews former Clocktower resident Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter about his new book Against Literacy. An exploration of New York’s graffiti culture, the book is the first on the subject to be published in Japanese. They are joined in the studio by Zanna Gilbert, co-editor of post-MoMA, Kentaro Ikegami, artist and collaborator of the Japanese art collective Chim-Pom, and art advisor Teriha Yaegashi. Clocktower’s David Weinstein makes a brief appearance.

This interview took place during Second Sundays at Pioneer Works, February 8th 2015.
 

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The Clocktower Gallery was founded by the alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After a hiatus as a gallery space (after the Sept. 11, 2001 events nearby), the Clocktower Gallery reinaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of the newly founded Art International Radio (now Clocktower Productions). Clocktower Exhibits is home to interviews with and performances by its exhibitions' participating artists and curators over these many years.

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