PowerPoint Is Perfume?


Move over, David Byrne. Or is that a whiff of Laurie Anderson we’re getting? Conceptual artist Tan Lin will be presenting some PowerPoint videos along with live “perfume soundtrack.”

If you’re as curious about that as we are, you’ll want to see what Tan Lin put together using everyone’s favorite office software. At least you’ll get some ideas for your next presentation.

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PowerPoint and the Perfume of Reading
A screening and discussion with Tan Lin

Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street, New York, NY
Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 p.m.
$5 suggested donation

Triple Canopy and Artists Space are pleased to present a screening of Tan Lin‘s PowerPoint videos Bibliographic Sound Track and The Ph.D Sounds, with the former accompanied by a live perfume sound track, the latter by a DJ set by M√∂sco. The videos explore communications platforms such as Twitter, SMS, status updates, IM chats, programming languages, video-game walk-throughs, the couplet, and the PowerPoint slide as they affect reading and genre, projected in an environment that has absorbed everything next to it in the room-from bibliographies to the smell of wet sphagnum peat moss, the perfume Wet Pavement London, Glade air freshener, and the music of New Order and Lucky Dragons. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Lin, Triple Canopy contributing editor Dan Visel, and Artists Space curator Richard Birkett.

Tan Lin is the author of more than ten books, including Heath (Plagiarism/Outsource) (2009) and 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking (2010). His work has appeared in journals including Artforum, Cabinet, and the New York Times Book Review, and his video work has screened at the Yale Art Museum, the Drawing Center, and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. “The Patio and the Index” appeared in Triple Canopy’s fourteenth issue.