Tate Modern Talk

Double-Tracking: Studies in Duplicity

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Rosanna Mclaughlin

Rosanna Mclaughlin discusses her new book with Brian Dillon and Allison Katz

To double-track is to be both: counter-cultural and establishment, rich and poor, a bum with the keys to a country retreat, an exotic addition to the dinner table who still knows how to find their way around the silverware.

In the 1970s Tom Wolfe located the apex of double-tracking as the art world, but today, it's a cornerstone of the middle classes, and a full-blown commonplace of contemporary life.

It curls around the vocal chords of private school alumni as they drop their consonants and sprays the can of legally sanctioned graffiti on the side of the pop-up container shopping mall. It tones the cores of sweaty executives attending weekly parkour classes, prancing about the concrete furniture of housing estates they do not live on.

Comprising essays, fiction and art criticism, Double-Tracking is a merciless, witty satire of the middle classes.


Rosanna Mclaughlin

Rosanna Mclaughlin is a writer and editor. Her essays and art criticism have featured in publications including ArtReview and Frieze. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize; in 2017 she was the TAARE British Council writer in residence. She is an editor at The White Review.

Brian Dillon

Brian Dillon's books include Essayism, In the Dark Room and Objects in This Mirror: Essays. He is an editor at Cabinet magazine, and Professor of Creative Writing at Queen Mary, University of London.

Allison Katz

Allison Katz has been the subject of institutional exhibitions at Oakville Galleries, MIT List Visual Arts Centre and Kunstverein Freiburg. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Bonner Kunstverein, Powerlong Museum Shanghai, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, South London Gallery, and SculptureCenter and will be included in the Hayward exhibition Slow Painting in 2019.

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13 November 2019 at 19.00–20.00