Foreign Objekt presents a book reading and panel discussion for David Roden's newly published book, Snuff Memories (Schism Press: 2021), which took place on March 7th, 2021.
In David Roden’s Snuff Memories, an ancient time-war ripples through a demon-haunted cosmos as its characters systematically expunge their humanity. Their ‘posthuman becoming’ pre-empts any possible ethics or sane politics. Instead, desire is weaponized from a bleak, inhuman future. Bodies replicate and unzip across the novella’s pornographic vignettes, remade in erotic rituals of mutation, death, and pain.
Amanda Beech is an artist and writer. Her work poses questions and propositions for what a realist art can be in today’s culture; that is, a work that can articulate a comprehension of reality without the terminal mirror of a human identity that is used to picture it.
Beech has shown her artwork internationally including, “Cause and Effect”, Artecambi Gallery, Verona, Italy; “This Time”, a video commission for the Remai Modern, Canada; “Covenant Transport, Move or Die” at The Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, UK; “What Hope Looks Like After Hope”, Homeworks VII Beirut City Forum, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon and she has presented work at the Irish and Montreal Biennales. She is a contributing editor of Construction Site for Possible Worlds, 2020 and Cold War Cold World, 2016, Urbanomic and other writing has included, Notes on Art and its Science, Speculative Aesthetics 2016, and Death of Horror, Diseases of the Head, 2020 and many more. Beech is Dean of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts.