Doing Time: Essays on Using People

Doing Time: Essays on Using People
Author: Kristian Vistrup Madsen
Publisher: Floating Opera Press
Language: English
Size: 15 x 23 cm
Weight: 310 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783981910841
Availability: In stock
Price: €20.00
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To write about someone else means both to expose and transform them. This is the dilemma of writing that Janet Malcolm describes as “morally indefensible.” In Doing Time: Essays on Using People, Kristian Vistrup Madsen deliberates on his correspondence with an inmate in a California prison named Michael. Over several years, this spawns a series of reflections about the politics of solidarity and appropriation, but also about writing itself and what happens when life is turned into art. This book is a portrait of a friendship interpolated by great difference, and of a fearful time in which experience and identity are everything, and thinking not enough.

Kristian Vistrup Madsen is a Berlin-based writer. He holds degrees from Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Royal College of Art, and is a frequent contributor to magazines such as Artforum, Frieze, Mousse, and Kunstkritikk.