Zach Whitworth

I’m from the Umpqua Valley of the Pacific Northwest. This is an in-progress space for sharing activities and updates. If you want to get in touch, send me an email (1025orchard [at] gmail [dot] com).

What I’ve been working on…
I wrote an essay on speech for the upcoming issue of Plates Journal, edited by Casey Carsel. It’s representative of a major shift in my thinking on cosmic scales, possibly the most urgent piece I’ve written to date. COPY recently published my brief critique of alternative museums, which I originally wrote at the beginning of the year. My old textwork “Messages to a Former Love” was printed in the new Summer21 issue of Soft, which is available to purchase online and in select stores. I’m currently working on a case study of labor and utopia for the textile art journal Feral Fabric. Other secret projects are also brewing. Aside from personal writing, I work with collections records at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive.

Some activities earlier this year…
A rare fiction piece of mine was published in the third issue of Grits, which is available to buy digitally. My contribution to the publication You Are Here was on display with Unbound Press at the International Print Center New York, selected by Black Women of Print. I was featured at Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair with the Southland Institute, including a prompt I wrote for an earlier program on art museums, authoritarianism, and protest. A year after it was initially planned, I finished editing a group video piece about the minimum wage for the Institute for Conceptual Studies and included an original text on wage labor.

What I’m studying…
I’m presently attending seminars in Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought at the European Graduate School. I’m reading Murray Bookchin’s The Ecology of Freedom with the Community Reading Group (LA). Adam Feldmeth and I are jointly theorizing on expressions and reactions, which may become something public in the future. On my own, I’ve been reading Michael Löwy’s Redemption and Utopia as well as Walter Benjamin’s Moscow Diary. I also set up my PlayStation for the first time in several years and am playing Final Fantasy VII.

An ongoing side project is the Authoritarian History Film Archive, a spreadsheet of films dealing with the subject of authoritarianism and its opposition. Each film included is available to watch online for free. The Institute for Conceptual Studies, a platform I started in 2019, has been on extended hiatus for mental health reasons. I’m focusing on myself in the meantime, figuring things out. I have still been growing the Institute’s "Links" document, a directory of helpful websites for those in orbit of the arts.

Last updated August 31, 2021.
After paying for a website through Format for years, I finally learned to code one by hand through a class at Index. Many thanks to Megumi Tanaka for getting me started. I am currently paying $15 USD a year for my domain and host the code on GitHub for free. My favicon is a portrait of me drawn by my former first-grade student, Taven.