Revisiting: Tony Oursler – The Influence Machine

In Madison Square Park in New York, and subsequently in Soho Square, the heart of London’s media world, video artist Tony Oursler created a spectral audio-visual experience for an image-saturated society. Conceived as a kind of psycho-landscape, The Influence Machine delves deep into the history of media, rousing long-forgotten spirits and setting them to roamContinue reading “Revisiting: Tony Oursler – The Influence Machine”

Revisiting: Rachel Lichtenstein – Rodinsky’s Whitechapel

Traversing London from near Euston Station to the top of Brick Lane through back alleys and quiet streets today, made me realise how much this city has changed in the span of just under two decades. I was reminded that in the late 1990s, early 2000s, virtually the only happening place was the Vibe bar onContinue reading “Revisiting: Rachel Lichtenstein – Rodinsky’s Whitechapel”

How Institutions Think

Following the conference titled ‘How Institutions Think’, which took place in Arles in 2016, and which was organised by CCS Bard, Central St. Martins, Valand Academy (University of Gothenburg) and the Luma Foundation, work has commenced on the book. I will be working on it as managing editor, alongside editors Paul O’Neill, Lucy Steeds andContinue reading “How Institutions Think”

Oslo workshop

Having spent two days in the very ‘koselig’ bookshop space of Oslo’s Cappelens Forslag (and its very intimate back room-cum kitchen), with a morning’s detour to the nearby Kulturhuset, my head is full of thinking about writing, editing and publishing texts and books about art. The discussions were generous and challenging, the exercises proposed by everyoneContinue reading “Oslo workshop”

Revisiting: Steve McQueen

I first met Steve McQueen in Amsterdam in 1996, when I was still working at De Appel in Amsterdam, and he came over to do a talk there. He ended up moving from London to Amsterdam around the same time as I moved from Amsterdam to London. We stayed in touch though, and when inContinue reading “Revisiting: Steve McQueen”

Public Enquiries: PARK LEK and the Scandinavian Social Turn

I am currently proofing texts for a book entitled Public Enquiries, which follows a symposium that took place in 2016. Public Enquiries is a research project that has its starting point in the artistic practice of Kerstin Bergendal, with a particular focus on her project PARK LEK. More information about the different phases of the project can be found here.Continue reading “Public Enquiries: PARK LEK and the Scandinavian Social Turn”

workshop Oslo

On 31 January and 1 February I will be contributing to and participating in a workshop about writing, editing and publishing in relation to art. The workshop is organised by Anne Szefer-Karlsen, with whom I worked on the Dublett series, which combined the format of the artist’s book with that of more traditional contextualising essaysContinue reading “workshop Oslo”

Revisiting: Luca Frei – The so-called utopia…

While talking to artist Anthony Shrag, he referenced Luca Frei’s The so-called utopia of the centre beaubourg. An interpretation, unaware that it is one of the titles from the Fabrications series I was responsible for, published by Book Works. In turn I was unaware that Celine Condorelli did a reinterpretation of the work at the SouthbankContinue reading “Revisiting: Luca Frei – The so-called utopia…”

PARSE # 5

I am currently working on proofing issue # 5 of the PARSE Journal, published by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The topic for this issue is Management. Editors this time are Erling Björgvinsson, Henric Benesch and Andrea Phillips. The two previous issues I worked on, on Repetition and Reneges and Time(s), were very interesting and IContinue reading “PARSE # 5”

Intentions and Actions

Following the conference Social Intentions held in 2016, CCA: Glasgow will be publishing a book, entitled Forms of Action, that brings together texts by a variety of contributors on different interpretations and artistic practices that can be called social. Curator Viviana Checchia’s introduction will be accompanied by contributions from Stephanie Smith, Agnieszka Kilian, Haizea Barcenilla and Silvia Franceschini. TheContinue reading “Intentions and Actions”

Conversations

Artist Anthony Shrag and I have been talking for a while about a publication. Whether that will indeed take the form of a book, or may manifest itself in a different way, key to our conversations are the conversations themselves. In his own practice as a socially engaged artist, conversation is an integral aspect. WithoutContinue reading “Conversations”

Launch Rise Early, Be Industrious

I’d clocked it, vaguely, before I went on holiday early August, but it was fully confirmed upon my return several weeks later: Olivia Plender’s will be the next show at Maureen Paley. Maureen’s was one of the first galleries I started to follow and visit frequently after my move to London exactly 20 years ago, soContinue reading “Launch Rise Early, Be Industrious”

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016

Like the previous two years, I copy-edited and proofed this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries catalogue. As always, an interesting cross-section of practices is showcased in the exhibition, which launched during the opening of this year’s Liverpool Biennial, and will travel on to the ICA in London later this year. This year’s edition of the catalogueContinue reading “Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016”