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…”

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”

Two at Once

I spotted both The Curatorial Conundrum and Olivia Plender, Rise Early, Be Industrious at last weekend’s Offprint art book fair at Tate Modern. The former at both the stand of the Luma Foundation and MIT, the latter at Sternberg‘s. It’s always surprising to finally hold something in your hands after having engaged with it so intensely for often quiteContinue reading “Two at Once”

Olivia Plender – Rise Early, Be Industrious

Off to print this week is also the book I’ve been working on with artist Olivia Plender and designer Nuno Luz: Rise Early, Be Industrious. Although it relates to exhibitions at three UK institutions and the texts commissioned (before I became involved) talk about artworks in them, in the process of looking at the material available inContinue reading “Olivia Plender – Rise Early, Be Industrious”

Feature Film: A book by Douglas Gordon

One of the publications I worked on while at Artangel was in relation to Douglas Gordon’s Feature Film. In this work – Douglas’s first feature-length film, produced in 1999 – the camera follows the hands, and the facial expressions of a music conductor – James Conlan – while conducting a full orchestra playing the score to Alfred Hitchcock’s VertigoContinue reading “Feature Film: A book by Douglas Gordon”

The Curatorial Conundrum

The Curatorial Conundrum is nearly off to print. The book looks at the burgeoning field of curatorship and tries to imagine its future. Both practitioners and theorists consider a variety of futures: the future of curatorial education, the future of curatorial research, the future of curatorial and artistic practice, and the institutions that will make these futures possible.Continue reading “The Curatorial Conundrum”

Jim Lambie: Voidoid

Having met Jim Lambie when living in Glasgow and working on the first independent presentation of art from Scotland at the Venice Biennale (I was project manager of Zenomap, curated by Francis McKee and Kay Pallister, in 2003), I was invited to edit the first comprehensive publication about the artist’s practice to date. This involved me delvingContinue reading “Jim Lambie: Voidoid”

Niek Kemps, Big Eyes, Small Windows: Selected Writings

Having worked on a previous publication in relation to Niek Kemps’ work (the catalogue for his solo show at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven in 1992), upon my move to London in 1996, I set out to translate his collected writings. This followed an installation of Niek’s work at Tramway in 1996, curated by CharlesContinue reading “Niek Kemps, Big Eyes, Small Windows: Selected Writings”

Has Man A Function In Universe?

Has Man A Function In Universe? is part of an ongoing project by Gavin Wade to develop forty projects related to forty questions written by R. Buckminster Fuller. Each project is an artwork or a combination of artworks, developed in response to one of the questions. Of all the questions ‘Has Man A Function InContinue reading “Has Man A Function In Universe?”

Slavs and Tatars – Kidnapping Mountains

Kidnapping Mountains is a playful and informative, exploration of the muscular stories, wills, and defeat inhabiting the Caucasus region. Comprising two parts: an eponymous section addressing the complexity of languages and identities on the fault line of Eurasia, and ‘Steppe by Steppe’, a restoration of the regions seemingly reactionary approaches to romance. Slavs and TatarsContinue reading “Slavs and Tatars – Kidnapping Mountains”

Heather & Ivan Morison – Falling Into Place

In a range of their work, Heather and Ivan Morison had explored the currency of shelters and escape vehicles – things that can either transport you physically or mentally away from the here and now and help avoid, or offer refuge, from future disaster. The film Dark Star (2006), and the timber structures Pleasure IslandContinue reading “Heather & Ivan Morison – Falling Into Place”

Luca Frei – The so-called utopia of the centre beaubourg, an interpretation

Appearing under the pseudonym Gustave Affeulpin in 1976, and coinciding with the inauguration of the Centre Beaubourg in Paris, Albert Meister’s fictional text La soi-disant utopie du centre Beaubourg imagines a radical libertarian space submerged beneath the newly erected centre-piece of French Culture. In a world turned upside down, the 76 storeys submerged beneath theContinue reading “Luca Frei – The so-called utopia of the centre beaubourg, an interpretation”

Make Everything New: A Project on Communism

Communism is routinely defined as defeated and its conquest the subject of regular celebration. Caught in the disappointment and negative connotations of the past, it has become all but unthinkable. Make Everything New – A Project On Communism seeks to rescue the idea of Communism from this trap. Collaborating with artists, writers and collectives, thisContinue reading “Make Everything New: A Project on Communism”