In Concept: Jonathon Keats on Art, Books, and the Future


Jonathon Keats in conversation with Michael McElligott


In collaboration with Litquake, Modernism is pleased to present "In Concept: Jonathon Keats on Art, Books, and the Future," a conversation with author, experimental philosopher and conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and actor, writer, and producer Michael McElligott.


October 12, 2018
7:00 - 8:30pm


Among Jonathon Keats' projects are the sale of real estate in another space-time dimension, an attempt to genetically engineer God, and the copyrighting of his own brain. He is author of You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future, Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age, and Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology. In conversation with Michael McElligott of The Long Now Foundation, an organization that seeks to slow down our culture's frantic pace by reminding us of our distant past and faraway future.


Jonathon Keats is an author, experimental philosopher and conceptual artist. But according to the New Yorker, that's only the beginning. "In a landscape of conceptual art most often known for pure puzzlement or pallid preaching, Keats is a poet of ideas whose work always rests on a solid basis of scientific research and resolves in a startling semi-serious image.”


Michael McElligott (aka Mikl-Em) is an actor, writer, and producer who has been active in San Francisco creative circles as a performer and instigator for 20+ years. Currently he curates and hosts the eclectic Conversations at The Interval lecture series for the Long Now Foundation; co-edits TheAnglerfish.net event list; and sometimes facilitates audience-written plays with http://excorp.se, as well as having various writing projects in the works. Find his past writings online on the LongNow.org and LaughingSquid.com blogs, among others; and in print in Hi Fructose magazine and the book Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society (to which he contributed two essays). From 1999 to 2003 he co-produced and hosted Laughing Squid’s Tentacle Sessions artist salon. Other local alma maters include Popcorn Anti-Theater, SF Fringe Fest, Radio Valencia, and The Dark Room Theater.