AboutGregg Bordowitz will talk about the conflicting impulses and philosophical contradictions that inform his work, drawing from literature and theory to examine structures of belief. Followed by a conversation with LUX assistant director Mike Sperlinger.
A US-based writer and video maker who has been living with AIDS for two decades, Bordowitz is almost impossible to classify his practice has consistently eroded the conceptual boundaries between art, activism, teaching, writing and performance. A contemporary of Andrea Fraser and Mark Dion at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York in the 1990s, he was at the same time a key member of ACT UP, a ground-breaking AIDS activism group.
Bordowitz's videos, including Fast Trip Long Drop (1993), A Cloud In Trousers (1995) and Habit (2001), have been widely shown in festivals, museums, cinemas and broadcast internationally. His writings have been published in anthologies such as AIDS: Cultural Analysis, Cultural Activism, and Queer Looks, and numerous publications and journals including Village Voice, frieze, Artforum, October, Documents and Art Journal. In addition to being a member of the faculty of the film department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. In 2007/8, he has been a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.