Min(d)ing the Gaps

A couple of years ago artist Anthony Shrag and I walked and talked for an entire day (see a previous post). The upshot of that extended conversation was a collaboration around a text, which is now a blog. The text reflects on an artist-in-residence project that Anthony did, and that, despite all best intentions fromContinue reading “Min(d)ing the Gaps”

Another PARSE issue online

Meanwhile PARSE issue 7 on Speculation has also gone online. This issue explores how and why speculative thinking and speculative activity have obtained a new topicality, especially in philosophy, culture and politics, in a condition marked by the absence of certainty, the crisis of the crisis of metaphysics, the dominance of finance capital and theContinue reading “Another PARSE issue online”

How Institutions Think – launch

The year 2018 will kick off with the launch of the book How Institutions Think on Monday 15 January, at 6.30 – 8.30 pm, during which I will be in conversation with Paul O’Neill, Lucy Steeds and Mick Wilson, the editors. The event will be hosted by The Showroom, which also hosted the launch of TheContinue reading “How Institutions Think – launch”

How Institutions Think – book and launch

Coinciding with the third conference titled ‘Curating After the Global: Roadmaps for the Present’, organised by a range of partners, including CCS Bard and the LUMA Foundation, the book following the second symposium, How Institutions Think, was released. Only receiving copies last week, I was surprised by the sheer pleasure of seeing and holding theContinue reading “How Institutions Think – book and launch”

On Management

Issue 5 of the open access PARSE Journal of Valand Academy of the University of Gothenburg has just gone online (click here to access the webpage). As always, it comprises an interesting range of texts, this time on ideas and practices related to management in the arts – both on individual and institutional levels. Contributors includeContinue reading “On Management”

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”

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”

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”

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”

PARSE # 3, and now # 4

With PARSE # 3 recently released – you can access it here – am now proofing issue # 4, which follows Valand Academy’s conference on Time, held in 2015. Among the contributors are Simon Critchley and Bruno Latour, as well as Marc Boumeester, Jason Bowman, Sonja Dahl, Gerhard Eckel, Atzu Amann y Alcocer and Rodrigo Delso Gutiérrez,Continue reading “PARSE # 3, and now # 4”