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Talk and Book Launch at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture: “Tales of the Floating Class”


The Floating Class, an expression from the late nineteenth century, refers to the outliers who would mill around city parks, listening to rabble-rousing public speakers. Norman Klein (author of The History of Forgetting) has written a new book about today’s Floating Class that now exists on vigilante social networks. Using Los Angeles and the West as a focal point, Tales of the Floating Class “studies the amnesiac effects of globalization upon the narrative structure of television, video, animation, photography and installation art.” Like his previous writings, Klein blurs the line between the real and the imaginary. He will discuss the book and its layered themes with writer and curator Michael Ned Holte. Read more about the book, Klein and Holte here.