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TRAUMA CLUB: DENNIS COOPER TALKS WITH MIKE KELLEY

MIKE KELLEY'S NEWEST PROJECT is the most ambitious undertaking of his career, and, if everything goes as planned, it should take the rest of his life to complete. The endeavor officially began with Educational Complex, 1995, and continued with the 1998 sequel Sublevel. Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene), the third installment of what is ultimately intended to be a 365-part megawork, was first shown this past summer at Galleria Emi Fontana in Milan. It is currently on view at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of Norman Rosenthal and Max Wigram's “Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art. ”

EAPR #1 consists of a stage set—a large, shabby, crudely furnished studio apartment—and a twenty-two-minute video documenting a one-act play performed on that set. Inspired by a high school yearbook photo and shot in a style referencing

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