Fluxus: A conversation With Ben Kinmont
Artist Ben Kinmont, whose exhibition “Prospectus New York” had opened the previous night at Fales, is interviewed by Julia Robinson, curator of “Fluxus at NYU: Before and Beyond.” Ben Kinmont is an artist, publisher, and antiquarian bookseller. His work often blurs the boundaries between artistic production, publishing, and curatorial practice. Concerned with the value structures surrounding art practice and what happens when that practice is displaced into non-art space, Ben has explored how archives decomodify and revalue objects/works of art.
The two discuss developing a practice that explores the boundary between the art world and spaces outside of it, where artists may not be welcome, without being destructive. They talk about Ben’s preference to work at a small scale to prevent his work from becoming a spectacle, and also to ensure trust and communication between him and his co-authoring participant audience. Lastly, they discuss Ben’s upbringing in San Francisco by an artist father and how being surrounded by artists helped him develop an art historical revisionist attitude, an interest in what was being included and not included in the history he was experiencing.