This is a recording of a conversation between artist Federico Solmi and noted author, Lawrence Weschler in conjunction with Solmi's solo exhibition, "The Bacchanalian Ones". Weschler and Solmi discussed the underlying politics, technological methods and antecedents present in Solmi's work as well as go through the inspiration and evolution of ideas behind the "Bacchanalian Ones". This was the first in-person event hosted by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in the new Downtown Los Angeles location.
Lawrence Weschler spent twenty years as a staff writer at The New Yorker (1981-2001), where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies, and then for thirteen years (2001-2014) as director, now emeritus, of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. He has been a regular contributor, among others, to the New York Times magazine, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Harper's, McSweeney's, The Believer—and is the author of over twenty books, including Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees (a life of artist Robert Irwin); Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (on the Museum of Jurassic Technology); Vermeer in Bosnia; A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers (in Brazil and Uruguay); Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez; and now, And How Are You, Doctor Sacks?, a biographical memoir of his thirty-five-year friendship with the neurologist Oliver Sacks).
Filmed by Eric Mihn Swenson
Edited by Molly Shea