It is written that the dawning of the Age of Aquarius is anticipated by the herald of the singing-stinging urges and the weltanschauung-of-pure-data. Two men shall fall: one by his own hand, one by that of another. Alpha defers to Omega. Vega, the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere is in its ascendance. The first brightest star burns out. The philosopher-kings fall deaf before the braying mule. In a copse of birch lies the corpse, in four parts:
(Something like a song cycle with appropriated video and narration in what appears to be someone else’s style, possibly 1941 (or 1969?) (or 1977?) (or 1982?), “Frankfurt,” San Francisco, New York, Berlin.)about
Seth Kim-Cohen is the author of Against Ambience (2013), In The Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (2009), and One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music (20060. His writing appears in edited volumes including, The Routledge Companion to the Sounding Arts (forthcoming), Sound Documents of Contemporary Art (2011), Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation (2011). He has published in Artforum, Art Review, Critical Quarterly, Polygraph, Array, Leonard Music Journal, Tacet Experimental Music Review, Pitchfork and Pop Stock.
Kim-Cohen’s performance and sound work has been presented in Chicago, New York, Denver, London, Toronto, Karlsruhe, Ljubljana, Barcelona, Stockholm, and Singapore. Artforum describes his work as “collegial and awkward, a real-life mistake framed by a semifictitious context… an allegory for experimental thinking in general. He founded the rock bands Number One Cup and The Fire Show.
Kim-Cohen is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. He received a PhD from the London Consortium, University of London in 2006. He has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Prat Institute, and Yale University.
He was, for a short time, quadriplegic.