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Mai-Thu Perret
???For the past few years, Mai-Thu Perret has been writing The Crystal Frontier, a fictional account of a feminist commune founded by five women in the Southwestern United States. In no way, shape or form a finished document, The Crystal Frontier consists of diary entries by its female protagonists who reflect on the lives they left behind, the reasons they left, and their personal hopes and hardships in pioneering a utopian community. Perret, who studied English literature at Cambridge, is more interested in character development than setting. No More City, an extract from The Crystal Frontier, reveals the escapist impulse motivating the women. Whereas one journal entry may be reminiscent of Willa Cather, another may come across as the delightfully convoluted, ideological rant of a disgruntled graduate student frustrated by her inability to translate, say, Monique Wittig into a meaningful ???praxis.??????.

Extracts from Hamza Walker

About the Artist
Mai-Thu Perret is a Swiss-born artist who lives and works in Berlin. Her early work consists of a loosely based on a story she invented herself entitled 'The Crystal Frontier', which explores ambitious projects such as an aluminum teapot-cum-exhibition space based on a Bauhaus design.

Credits
Presented by SWISS INSTITUTE / CONTEMPORARY ART. Curated by Mathieu Copeland.

Mai-Thu Perret,
A Spoken Word Exhibition and A Series of Spoken Word Retrospectives
curated by Mathieu Copeland

Showing at:
Swiss Institute ?? Contemporary Art
Nov 1 - Nov 7, 2007
11:59 pm - 11:59 am
FREE
Please check with the Swiss Institute website, www.swissinstitute.net, for more
information.

 


Mai-Thu Perret,
An evening of the book(s): featuring Raimundas Malasauskas & Michael Portnoy, Mai-Thu Perret

Showing at:
Swiss Institute ?? Contemporary Art
Nov 3, 2007
6 pm
FREE