Notes & Ephemera

Speech Notes

by Petra Cortright

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“dogs antibiotics night
ART bOOK FAIr? saturday plans? probably ‘should’ go penny bringing pie dough”

—Petra Cortright

In 2012 Petra Cortright was preparing a talk about her e-book HELL_TREE on the occasion of the NY Art Book Fair. With her voice augmented and distorted by Arca, she performed the impossible task of speaking out that which has no true verbal register: the back annals of the internet, where raw text and scratchy bytes draw an epical, even Dantean, poem from the depths of the infobahn. Cortright’s translations have been numerous—open tabs on a computer screen to e-book to newsprint to handwriting to slideshow to speech.

Speech Notes is the Earth’s only trace of Petra Cortright’s penmanship. Now the hand responsible for the digital Acheiropoieton that is the seminal HELL_TREE is visible. The jumbled letters and numbers chaotically gather on the stationery of London’s Portobello Hotel, hard now with the stains of coffee and ink. Cortright has lived these notes; they come from her human person. Speech Notes, in this way, is a flood of diaristic self language. As with Carolee Schneemann’s Interior Scroll, the inevitabilities of an entire universe evaginate onto a page.

2012

Ink and coffee on paper, all unframed

6" x 4"

Unique


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Petra Cortright

Petra Cortright (born 1986) is an artist who lives and works in California. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a member of the Nasty Nets Internet Surfing Club, Loshadka Internet Surfing Club and Computers Club. She has exhibited internationally in many international shows including: New Museum, New York, 2008; Spencer Brownstone gallery, New York, 2009; The Sundance International Film Festival, 2009; Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany, 2009; Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2010; the Venice Biennale, Internet Pavilion, Venice, 2009, Frieze London 2013, and the New Museum. In 2014, Cortright began a collaboration with fashion designer Stella McCartney, creating a series of videos where Cortright uses glitches and video manipulation to showcase and contrast patterns on the garments designed by McCartney that she models.

http://www.petracortright.com/

2012

Ink and coffee on paper, all unframed

6" x 4"

Unique