The Book of Na

Na Mira

October 25, 2022
Document Series #10
Softcover, 240 pages, 5 × 7.5 inches
ISBN: 979-8-9863375-0-0
Design by Kyla Arsadjaja
Edition of 750 
Printed in Italy
28 USD

About the book

In The Book of Na, translation acts at the edge of perception. Tracing across projects in film, video, and performance, Na Mira reflects on the violent fragmentation of bodies while refusing the containment of geographic and corporeal borders. In 1977, a name is cut at an immigration office. This gap turns into an intergenerational score for becoming heat, hexagram, hologram. Using oracular and glitching technologies, Mira witnesses what escapes data: doppelgängers, dreams, endangered tigers, tesseracts, A. Turiyasangitananda Coltrane's stairs, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha in a theater, Korean shamanism, frozen ligaments, wildfires, borderlands, subatomic particles, and pink. Syncing to a clock with neither face nor hands, Mira’s hauntological permutations in time, death, and relation travel outside the symbolic order and draw energy from the void.

About the author

Na Mira’s autobody rites have been presented at sites including Seoul Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art; Participant Inc., New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She earned an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She grew up between the US and East Asia and teaches outside.


Na Mira interviewed by Katie Kirkland, BOMB Magazine, April 19, 2023

Lauren Lee, "The Violence of This World = The Ecstasy of Another," Brink: A Review of Books, no. 9 (Spring 2023): 10-13

Matthew Erickson, "Na Mira's Fragmented Elegy to the Unfinished Work of Her Forebears," ArtReview, August 2, 2023 


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