Matias Viegener is a writer, artist, and critic working collaboratively and on solo projects in the fields of writing, visual art, and social practice. In relation to Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen, he will be talking about his work, which examines depersonalizing technologies such as drones in small, intimate, and personal ways.
Viegener is the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, a book of experimental non-fiction, hailed as the first book written through Facebook. In 2004, he co-founded Fallen Fruit, a participatory art practice focusing on fruit, urban space and public life, with whom he worked for nearly a decade. His work has been exhibited at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Ars Electronica, The Whitney Museum, Acuna Hansen, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Machine Project, The Hammer Museum, ARCO Madrid, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as in Denmark, Germany, Austria, Colombia and Mexico.
Viegener has edited two anthologies with Christine Wertheim, The Noulipian Analects and Séance in Experimental Writing. He is the editor and co-translator of Georges Batailles’ The Trial of Gilles de Rais. He also has fiction in the anthologies The &Now Awards—Best Innovative Writing, Encyclopedia F-K, Vital Signs—Essential AIDS Fiction, Men on Men 3, Sundays at Seven, Dear World, and Discontents. His work has appeared in Afterimage, American Book Review, Artforum, Art Issues, ArtUS, Artweek, Black Clock, Bomb, Cabinet, Critical Quarterly, Fiction International, Framework, The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, The Huffington Post, Mirage, Radical History Review, Suspect Thoughts, and X-tra, for whom he writes regularly on visual art. His academic criticism appears in Writing at the Edge: The Work of Dennis Cooper; the queer theory issue of Critical Quarterly; and Queer Looks: Lesbian & Gay Experimental Media; and Camp Grounds: Gay & Lesbian Style. As literary executor for the writer Kathy Acker, he has written and lectured extensively on her work, and edited a volume of her correspondence with McKenzie Wark which is forthcoming from Semiotext(e). He teaches at CalArts and is the recipient of a 2013 Creative Capital Grant.