The average professor spends the summer revising syllabi, planning future courses, maybe teaching a summer class or two. With some luck, there’s time for a vacation. Artist and MOMA poet laureate Kenneth Goldsmith most recently spent his carrying out a conceptual art piece that entailed printing out the entire Internet—or as much of it that fans and admirers mailed from around the world to his 500 square-meter art space in Mexico City. That includes everything that appears, or has appeared, anywhere on the Internet—Facebook photos, news articles, pornography, dating profiles, and literally anything else.
Several months ago, we spoke with Goldsmith via email about the impetus for the entirely unprecedented exhibit and how it looked in practice.