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Press, Reviews & Interviews

A sampling of reviews and interviews, and some blurbs and press…


A bit childish, this whole thing. After all, it’s the range of reactions to one’s body of work, or any single piece, that tells a lot about the work. We shouldn’t want just praise. We should try to see why people respond the way they do, what their expectations are, what the range means. I tell my students all the time: don’t want a good review, accumulate all reviews and responses, and see what the range of responses says about your work. (Does anyone ever put the bad, by the way. A mature way to go, maybe. But hard…) A good example: last year at Marienbad… it’s not for nothing. Anything theoretical, anything that truly challenges the structure, that uses the registers, is automatically going to alienate. Many don’t want this. Most want comfort, convenience and … My experience with Claude Simon. Everything exists.

This all said, a lot of response to my stuff has been, well, positive, ehem. But there has also always been a lot of ‘don’t know what to say’. It’s not indifference but a type of bewilderment. Another good one, which to me demonstrates the success of my venture: a few librarians in Paris apparently voicing their frustrations with Caracteres because they didn’t know how to categorize my works: literally, not knowing, which shelves to put the books on: literature etrangere, but it’s written in French! or… Foreign literature, or Francophone, or…

The real challenge to institutions, to practices, to conventions, ot received ideas and imprinted modes of operation, to conceptions of the world and ideas, about how to circulate in it, should be met with a type of bewilderment. 

On work (Select Reviews, Interviews and Miscellany around oeuvre)

  • Review of Kobolierrot and interview with Amir Parsa in, 2000
  • Review of Feu l’encre – Fable in Salmagundi (France) in 2001
  • Parts of Tractatüus Philosophiká-Poeticüus taught by Hamid Dabashi in his Core Curriculum class at Columbia University, 2000
  • Interview with Amir Parsa by Hamid Dabashi, chair of MEALAC at Columbia; published as Onomadopaean to explore concept of ‘self’, ‘personhood’, invented selves and auto/biography
  • Tiempos del Mundo: article in Spanish on Met Spanish-language family programs with notes on Parsa’s educational design approach, 2006
  • The Wave, May 2006, article on Parsa’s lecture/workshop linking art and poetry
  • Salon du Livre 2006, Francofffonies! Salle Samuel Beckett: readings/debate with Amir Parsa on his collected works with art-critic, writer and journalist Marc-Albert Levin, March 2006
  • Article in e-zine L’E-Novateur, a leading French-language e-zine covering the literary, artistic and cultural scene, with review of Erre, 2006
  • Article in Artpress, one of France’s leading magazines covering contemporary art and literature, on Amir Parsa’s oeuvre under the tile: “Who is the Other”, June 2006
  • Article in The New Yorker in Talk of the Town section (Nov 27, 2006 issue) on Art inSight program led by Amir Parsa at MoMA, Nov. 2006
  • Interview in The Eye of Columbia University around work at MoMA with diverse audiences
  • Segments on various television programs in relation to readings and educational work at MoMA and at the Met include NY1, NBC, French television news, Korean news in New York, Indian news abroad and Spanish-language educational programs
  • Article in Time Out Mumbai and critic’s pick, February 2009
  • Feature in Verve (India), “Interpretive Art”, May 2009
  • Puebla, Mexico…
  • And more that I need to update!!