Review of Destroyer of Naivetés


Review of Destroyer of Naivetés on the Entr’acte label 

Grade A smut from Entr’acte, featuring Black Sifichi reciting from Joseph Nechvatal’s “sex farce” poetry book Destroyer of Naivetés to music by Rhys Chatham, all owing heavy influence to a long history of excess and debauchery spelt out in classic erotic literature, art, philosophy and film.

On the surface, Black Sifichi’s husky delivery and the passionate content of Destroyer of Naivetés bears a striking resemblance to Iggy Pop’s recent tribute to Walt Whitman alongside Alva Noto and Tarwater. But where their Leaves of Grass was divided in chapters and set to beats, this one sprawls out for a seventy minutes of light-headed electronic drones and gasping reeds sustaining a deeply tantric, erotic atmosphere.

Of course, that’s entirely subjective depending your personal kinks, although anyone who gets off on elaborately fleshly adjectives and sticky adverbs will surely be in their element if you’re willing to submit to its filigree eccentricities and compelling sensuality.



Destroyer of Naivetés is (also) available at ENTR’ACTE in a gold-foil blocked digitise in an edition of 300


Destroyer of Naivetés is a 1 hour 10 minute musical recording by Cave Bacchus (Joseph Nechvatal, Black Sifichi & Rhys Chatham) of my sex farce poetry book Destroyer of Naivetés, released on Punctum Books




About josephnechvatal

Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation’s computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK and occasionally teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays “Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006)” was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book “Immersion Into Noise” was published by the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with Open Humanities Press You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here:
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