This is a book that quietly measures its own reading experience through the time-based statistics it lists, or rather all the things that happen while one reads Every Second One Hundred Bolts of Lightning Strike the Earth. The invocation of time in statistics is often meant to convey the urgency of a political or social cause, or at other times stun the reader with the temporal scale of a natural occurrence. Combined in this volume, the sequential incidents happening every second form a narrative that loops back from rhetoric to the everyday. This book was turned to the reading speed of Børre Sæthre.
James Hoff is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His work encompasses sound, painting, writing, performance and publishing. He is the co-founder of Primary Information (with Miriam Katzeff), a non-profit arts organization devoted to publishing artists’ books and art historical documents. He has lectured throughout Europe and the United States at venues such as the MCA (Denver, CO), the Pompidou (Paris, France), the Sorbonne (Paris, France), Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Nova Scotia, Canada), and the National Academy of Art (Oslo, Norway).