Norman Klein is a cultural critic, urban and media historian and novelist. Klein’s work centers on the relationship between collective memory and power, from special effects to cinema to digital theory, usually set in urban spaces; and often on the thin line between fact and fiction; about erasure, forgetting, scripted spaces and the social imaginary. Klein’s recent lecture at PNCA, presented by Contemporary Animated Arts and PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios, provided a “whistle-stop tour” of scripted spaces in Europe and the United States. Klein talks to Untitled about the conditions of capitalism and consumer culture that have prompted the interplay of power and illusion in contemporary America in spaces such as malls, video games, and most recently, on Wall Street, as well as the creative potential for artists and architects to co-opt these scripted spaces.
Interview by Katherine Bovee
Cinematography and Editing by Brennan Broome '11