This week: While at CAA Duncan was up to some funny business in his hotel room. No, no, not that, he was (with the assistance of the talentedÂ Anthea Black)Â interviewing the multi-talented author, filmmaker, Chris Kraus.
Kraus spent her childhood in Connecticut and New Zealand. After obtaining a BA at a young age from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Kraus worked as a journalist for five years, and then moved to New York. Part of the city’s then-burgeoning art scene, Kraus made films and video art and staged performances and plays at many venues. In the late 1970s she was a member of The Artists Project, a City-funded public service venture of painters, poets, writers, filmmakers and dancers.
Her work as a performance and video artist satirized the Downtown scene’s gender politics and favored literary tropes, blending theatrical techniques with Dada, literary criticism, social activism, and performance art.
Kraus continued to make films through the mid 1990s. Since 2007 Chris Kraus is a professor of film at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.Â She now lives in Los Angeles.
Semiotext(e) Native Agents Series
Kraus founded theÂ SemiotexteÂ Native Agents imprint to publish fiction, mostly by women, as an analogue to French theories of subjectivity. In addition to groundbreaking works of fiction by writers likeMichelle TeaÂ andÂ Ann Rower, Native Agents has published notable volumes of poetry and prose byÂ Eileen Myles,Â Barbara Barg, andÂ Fanny Howe, as well as memoirs and interviews byÂ Kathy Acker,Â Bob Flanagan,Â David Rattray, andÂ William Burroughs.