Thursday, October 13, 2011

Give A Fig Item Highlight: My So-Called/As If My Life

Give A Fig Auction: An Auction AS IF it's An Auction
Join us Sunday November 6th at 4pm at Human Resources in Chinatown

Featured Auction Item:

AS IF MY LIFE by Divya Victor and MY SO-CALLED LIFE by Joey Yearous-Algozin
A box set of two continuous registers of transcription.

AS IF MY LIFE: A continuous re-transcription of all objects in Lyn Hejinian's My Life (1989), dictated to the poet by Joshua Lam, over a discontinuous 20 hour period, typed continuously on rolls of cash-register tape using a Smith-Corona electric typewriter, recording a discontinuous labor of 20 hours by the poet who is not reading Lyn Hejinian's My Life while recording it discontinuously.


MY SO-CALLED LIFE: A continuous re-transcription of a section of Charles Bernstein's
Asylums (1975), dictated to the poet by Holly Melgard, over a discontinuous 2 hour period, typed continuously on rolls of cash-register tape using a Smith-Corona electric typewriter, recording a discontinuous labor of 2 hours by the poet who is not reading Charles Bernstein's Asylums while recording it discontinuously.



Part of your duty as auction attendee will be to, sometimes somewhat absurdly, assign value to the works you bid on. The poets Divya Victor and Joey Yearous Algozin want you to know that they make a theoretical wage of $8.70/hour for teaching writing at a State University. The State does not pay the poets Divya Victor and Joey Yearous Algozin for making art.


At that rate, the retail value of their labor for making this art-object is $191.40. It takes four people to make this art-object. The dictating participants make a theoretical wage of $6.25 and $8.70/hour respectively for teaching writing at a State University. The State does not pay the dictating participants Joshua Lam and Holly Melgard for making art. At those rates, the retail value of their labor for making this art-object is $159.80. Thus, the total retail value at State wage-rates for this art object is $351.20.


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