Duchamp Is Our Lawyer

Kenneth Goldsmith in a conversation with Francesco Urbano Ragazzi.


Wednesday 11 November at 15:00



The talk will be live streamed on the Facebook page of Manifattura Tabacchi.

As part of the 13th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte – Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival and of the Resisting the Trouble – Moving Images in Times of Crisis exhibition, the talk Duchamp Is Our Lawyer will be live streamed from Manifattura Tabacchi Facebook page on Wednesday 11 November at 15:00.

Kenneth Goldsmith and Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, authors of The Hillary Clinton Emails exhibition (Venice, 2019), will discuss the storage, consumption and dissemination of works of art on the Internet. The artist and the curatorial duo reflect on ready-made as a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding the life of moving images in the digital age, starting with UbuWeb, a pirate work and archive founded by Goldsmith in 1996, which consists of thousands of online art films and videos. UbuWeb’s story is also told in the recent Duchamp Is My Lawyer, a book the artist recently published with Columbia University Press.

Resisting the Trouble – Moving Images in Times of Crisis

Hillary. The Hillary Clinton Emails. Kenneth Goldsmith, curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi. Exhibition view. Still from People Like Us. Photo Gerda Studio.

Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith is the founder of the UbuWeb online archive (ubuweb.com) and the author of over thirty collections of poetry. Goldsmith co-edited Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, and published two essays, Wasting Time on the Internet (2016) and Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age, which won the Present Book Award. He participated in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (2012) with Letter To Bettina Funcke, published as part of the 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts series. His recent books translated into Italian are Perdere tempo su internet (Einaudi) and CTRL + C, CTRL + V (Nero Editions).

Francesco Urbano Ragazzi

Francesco Urbano Ragazzi is a curatorial duo interested in the narratives of the era of connectivity. In 2015 they curated The Internet Saga, a solo exhibition by filmmaker Jonas Mekas presented at the Venice Biennale of Visual Arts. Urbano Ragazzi has curated exhibitions and residency programs for MMCA – National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul); International Studio and Curatorial Program (New York); Center d’Art Contemporain (Genève); CRRI – Rivoli Castle (Turin). Francesco Urbano Ragazzi is also director of The Church of Chiara Fumai, the archive that is responsible for preserving the memory and work of the artist Chiara Fumai.