NO GUTS, NO GALAXY is a weekly series of artist-curated slideshows that expand upon the diverse subjects addressed in Rammellzee: Racing for Thunder, such as, the Downtown scene, early hip-hop and performance, Afrofuturism and cosmology, the mythology of Gothic Futurism, and the coercive power of language.
The first in the series, MoMA poet Laureate Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of UbuWeb, reads excerpts from his book, “New York: Capital of the 20th Century” (Verso, 2015), a rewriting of Walter Benjamin’s “Arcades Project,” for NYC. The slideshow and reading will focus on the downtown section, which paints a picture of that scene of which Rammellzee was an integral part, with excerpts from dozens of authors including: Keith Haring, Anthony Haden-Guest, Cookie Mueller, Glenn O'Brien, Andy Warhol, Jay McInerney, Tama Janowitz, Bret Easton Ellis, Guy Trebay, David Wojnarowicz, and many more.
Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of nearly 30 books. In 1996, he founded UbuWeb (ubu.com), the largest archive of freely accessible avant-garde materials on the internet. In 2013, he was named the inaugural Poet Laureate at the Museum of Modern Art. He teaches in the English Department at University of Pennsylvania.
Photo Credit: Olivia Locher