Between the Material and the Possible

I encountered Bassam El Baroni ‘properly’ (I had met him via Anne Szefer Karlsen before) when working on How Institutions Think. His essay was the last to come in, but certainly not the least interesting. Although late in day in the process of production of the book, what really stood out was that while IContinue reading “Between the Material and the Possible”

It never rains but it pours: another PARSE

Hot on the heels of issue # 10 on Migration going live, there is now also issue # 11 of PARSE Journal on ‘Intersections’. With an entirely different focus, this issue – not surprisingly edited by three women, Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, Jyoti Mistry and Jessica Hemmings – comprises a wide ranging set of contributions that relate toContinue reading “It never rains but it pours: another PARSE”

Olivia Plender website

Having worked with Olivia Plender on a book about a whole body of work, titled Rise Early, Be Industrious (2016), I am delighted to be working with her again. This time we’re thinking through what it may mean to build a website for a practice as diverse, but at the same time very consistent, as hers.Continue reading “Olivia Plender website”

Humans of the Institution available now

The publication following the conference ‘Humans of the Institution’, organised by Anne Szefer-Karlssen and Vivian Ziherl is now available for download here. In November 2017, over 150 curators, artists, thinkers and students gathered in Amsterdam for a symposium and working session that asked ‘who makes the present’ by foregrounding the freelancer in the arts andContinue reading “Humans of the Institution available now”

Curating after the Global

A belated post, but Curating after the Global. Roadmaps for the Present, the third in the series of anthologies published by The MIT Press in collaboration with CCS Bard is out. In many ways more complex than the two previous books in the series – The Curatorial Conundrum (2016) and How Institutions Think (2017) – all three combinedContinue reading “Curating after the Global”

Relative Silence…

Things may seem to be quiet on the editorial project front. There is, however, a good reason for that: having immersed myself rather wholeheartedly in several book projects last year – one of which was rather complex, see here and the next post – the plan is to focus more on my PhD, as that wasContinue reading “Relative Silence…”

More PARSE

The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg hosted its third PARSE conference over the last coupe of days (13-15 November 2019) focusing on the theme of ‘Human’. Politically, culturally and theoretically, it is impossible today to navigate through the dense lattice of emergencies and urgencies without addressing the questionContinue reading “More PARSE”

Goodbye to a legend

Last night I had the honour, and in many ways the privilege, to open the series of speeches at Books Works’ Jane Rolo’s leaving party. After 35 years at the helm of Book Works’ publishing strand, having founded the organisation with Rob Hadrill in 1984, Jane is now on to other things. I remember JaneContinue reading “Goodbye to a legend”

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019

While New Contemporaries is celebrating its seventieth anniversary this year – having been initiated by the Arts Council in 1949 – as well as the fact that Bloomberg have supported the organisation for two full decades, this year is also the first in which new writing is properly embraced as a form of artistic practice. ThisContinue reading “Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019”

Three times lucky…

It’s been a slightly longer process than with the two previous books in the series, but Curating after the Global: Roadmaps for the Present is now off to the printers. This time the team of editors had expanded to four: in addition to Paul O’Neill, Lucy Steeds and Mick Wilson, with whom I worked on HowContinue reading “Three times lucky…”

PARSE 9 on Work

The ninth issue of PARSE Journal is now live, on the recently revamped website. Some further texts still to be added (and some texts still to be tweaked), but there is a lot to explore on issues related to artistic work, labour, working conditions, care and self-care through a wide range of texts. On theContinue reading “PARSE 9 on Work”

Tinkering with text

I have known Isabel Nolan for about a decade now, and fell in love with her artworks when I first encountered them, and have been following her practice closely ever since. I have also been intrigued by the odd speech I have had the pleasure of hearing her deliver/perform.* I laughed heartily at her introductionContinue reading “Tinkering with text”

Talks

Recently I had the pleasure of doing two talks outside my normal teaching context (Birkbeck, University of London): one for the current cohort of students at the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art, upon the invitation of my wonderful former colleague Ben Cranfield, the other for BA arts students across programmes at Manchester MetropolitanContinue reading “Talks”

Book Works

After having worked as an associate editor on the series Fabrications for independent art(ists’) book publisher Book Works in 2006-2009, I am now a member of its board. I am looking forward to working with the organisation and the other board members in the years ahead. This year has kicked off with a bang, withContinue reading “Book Works”