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”

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”

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”

Meta PARSE

In the course of 2018 the Faculty of Fine, Applied, and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg has shifted its publishing approach. Rather than publishing PARSE Journal via distinct issues in both print and online, as it had done since its inception, it has gone mainly digital. As the new website states: ‘PARSE does not undertake orContinue reading “Meta PARSE”

The Lie of The Land

Throughout 2018 I’ve been involved as with a catalogue for MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. Following an expansion project by 6a architects, in close collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, MK Gallery will reopen in March 2019. The opening show, titled The Lie of the Land, explores how the British landscape was radically transformed byContinue reading “The Lie of The Land”

Gems

In the course of the last decade I have on and off worked on publications with writing by artist/jeweller Leonor Hipólito, designed by Arne Kaiser. I knew Arne through publications I’d worked on with curator Jürgen Bock, so via this string of connections I was invited to work on Leonor’s texts. The first one, überstein,Continue reading “Gems”

Humans of the Institution

Having been a freelancer for the last thirty odd years – starting out as such by choice, rather than influenced by more recent notion associated with ‘the gig economy’ – I would have loved to have attended and participated in the Humans of the Institution events, which took place in Amsterdam in November 2017. OrganisedContinue reading “Humans of the Institution”