Tom McCarthy

Tarek Atoui / Sonic Therapy Sessions
Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros and Ione
Documentation shot, Bergen Assembly 2016
Sentralbadet, Bergen

Photo: Thor Brødreskift

Tarek Atoui
Sound Massage Workshop with Thierry Madiot at Grieg Academy, University of Bergen

Photo: Thor Brødreskift

Lynda Benglis
Primary Structures (Paula’s Props), 1975
Installation view (KODE 4), Bergen Assembly 2016

Photo: Thor Brødreskift. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York

 From left to right: Alexander Scrimgeour, Tom McCarthy, Nicolas Bourriaud

From left to right:
Alexander Scrimgeour, Tom McCarthy, Nicolas Bourriaud
Palazzetto Bru Zanie, Venice 2015
Photos: Marina Faust

U., the (anti-)hero of Tom McCarthy’s new novel Satin Island, is a 21st-century Man Without Qualities. This “corporate anthropologist” has been given the job of writing the “Great Report” – the “First and Last Word on our age”. The ambition is similar to the task faced by artists today, the near impossibility of mapping the contemporary landscape. What forms can resistance take, if it is even still possible? Spike’s editor-at-large Alexander Scrimgeour talks with Tom McCarthy and curator Nicolas Bourriaud.