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The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous
Author: Gregg Bordowitz

ISBN: 9780262524599
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 285
Published: 17 March 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.9
Description:
College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism, February 2006. The HIV epidemic animates this collection of essays by a noted artist, writer, and activist. "So total was the burden of illness--mine and others'--that the only viable response, other than to cease making art entirely, was to adjust to the gravity of the predicament by using the crisis as a lens," writes Gregg Bordowitz, a film- and video-maker whose best-known works, "Fast Trip Long Drop" (1993) and "Habit" (2001), address AIDS globally and personally. In "The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous"--the title essay is inspired by Charles Ludlam, founder of the Ridiculous Theater Company--Bordowitz follows in the tradition of artist-writers Robert Smithson and Yvonne Rainer by making writing an integral part of an artistic practice. Bordowitz has left his earliest writings for the most part unchanged--to preserve, he says, "both the youthful exuberance and the palpable sense of fear" created by the early days of the AIDS crisis. After these early essays, the writing becomes more experimental, sometimes mixing fiction and fact;...

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