Two books under one cover running alongside each other in two different fonts.
Wayne Koestenbaum and Bruce Hainley: Reading Hotel TheoryREDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA) Map it Free
Reading: Wednesday, July 9, 7:30 pm
Gallery events are always FREE
Wayne Koestenbaum’s Hotel Theory (2007) is two books under one cover running alongside each other in two different fonts. On the left side is Hotel Theory in eight dossiers where the author traces “hotel consciousness” in philosophy, literature and film. Hotel Women appears on the right column in eighteen chapters and features Lana Turner and Liberace as they lie by the pool, oil each others’ backs and make desultory conversations that lack the articles “a,” “an,” and “the.”
In Hotel Theory Koestenbaum looks to shed light on “everyday consciousness … [through the] metaphor of hotel room,” in a series of ruminations that trace hotel condition as a “state of undressed being, without presuppositions.” If the residents of Hotel Women have checked into a language of generalities that lacks the articles the guests at the other establishment are preoccupied with abstractions, reflecting on the hotel conditions of “not-being-at-home.”
At REDCAT Koestenbaum is joined by Bruce Hainley to present passages from the book and try out different possibilities of reading the two parallel columns.
A special cocktail will be served.