Robby Herbst
Robby Herbst

Robby Herbst is an interdisciplinarian broadly interested in socio-political formations; behavioral architecture, languages of dissent and counter cultures. He is a writer, artist, teacher, and something other. He co-founded, and is former editor, of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, and currently instigates the Llano Del Rio Collective’s guides to Los Angeles. He has history involved in alternative media. He is the co-editor, with Nicole Antebi and Colin Dickey, of “Failure! Experiments in Social and Aesthetic Practices”. He’s contributed to catalog essays for artist Katie Grinnan and Fritz Haeg, and entries in other arts and activist publications including: Afterall, Proximity, Clamor, Artus, and Arthur. He has lectured widely and taught contemporary art at USC, Otis College of Art, and Goddard College. He is a recipient of a Warhol Foundation Arts Writer’s Grant for essays exploring the phenomenology of social practice art and protest.


LOCATION: Los Angeles.

EXPERTISE: Arts in the expansive field.

INSPIRATION: Trying to make someone, somewhere, a bit uncomfortable.



WHY YOU LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE: LA makes little sense to me.

Recent Articles
KChung Radio is a Sound Sensation
KChung Radio is a Sound Sensation
KChung Radio broadcasts an eclectic array of music, experimental shows, performance artists, and even on air meditations.
Could an Artists' Union Occupy L.A.?
Could an Artists' Union Occupy L.A.?
A union. The image has two meanings, one of them significantly warmer than the next. As of late 2011, some members of L.A.'s art community have been meeting twice monthly to plan out the form of what a union could look like.
California Hot Tubbing: An Oral History of the Steam Egg
California Hot Tubbing: An Oral History of the Steam Egg
In downtown L.A., communion, of the hot tub variety, happens in an egg. A steam egg. Artist Michael Parker offers his home-studio as a steam bath for friends, and friends-of-friends-of-friends.
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