KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a., “Filth” (2017)
THE SUPREME GENTLEMAN
The Supreme Gentleman was originally performed for the Yes All Women art benefit in Los Angeles, California, and the video debuted on Art 21’s blog. It is a re-enactment of Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger’s final YouTube address, which he put online shortly before going on his killing spree.
The piece considers the ways in which we turn active shooters into celebrities via clickbait, perpetuating the cycle of violence.
Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles based writer and artist. She is the author of E! Entertainment (2014) and The Ravenous Audience (2009), as well as the forthcoming Hoarders. With Amaranth Borsuk, she authored the “living text” ABRA, which won the 2017 Turn on Literature Prize for Electronic Literature in the EU, as well as an Expanded Artist’s Book Grant from The Center for Book and Paper Arts. The intermedia project resulted in an iOS app created with Ian Hatcher and an artist’s book published by 1913 Press. Durbin has exhibited her work at TRANSFER Gallery in Brooklyn and has performed at the Pulse Art Fair, MOCA, the Hammer, Queensland Poetry Festival, Pratt University, and Cal Arts, among other places. In 2015, she was Arts Queensland poet-in-residence. Currently, she is a Digital Studies fellow with Camden-Rutgers University.