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4.13 / Of Monsters and Memes

April 9 2013

Introduction

April 9, 2013. Fittingly, one of the most the widely circulated quotes following the passing of film critic Roger Ebert on April 4 expressed the contentment he found in Richard Dawkin's concept of memes, which, Ebert noted, "move from mind to mind as genes move from body to body." Memes have a tendency to disrupt claims to authorship and audience as they are perpetuated and recreated: they never really belong to anyone, no matter how public their circulation. Here, Matt Sussman, in his review of The Modern Monster and Legacy Russell, in her interview with Amy Adler, explore the convolutions and divinations that appropriation produces, be it zombies or street art. We are also are pleased to present in this issue Shotgun Reviews by the five finalists for the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (ACAC) Writing Fellowship. Sheryl Cheung, Joshua Kim, Elizabeth Parke, Heidi Rabben, and Hentyle Yapp were selected by jurors Lee Ambrozy, Joseph del Pesco, Claire Hsu, and Pauline Yao based on their insights into contemporary Asian art practices and discourses. We look forward to announcing the recipient—and to welcoming a new contributor to Art Practical—in the coming days. Enjoy.—PM

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