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”

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”

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…”

Another blast from the past

Having worked with Book Works on and off over the years, I know how long Jane Rolo and Gavin Everall have tried to get a project off the ground with writer and curator, and long-time director of Glasgow’s CCA, Francis McKee. Having known Francis for a long time myself (including working with him in 2002-2003 onContinue reading “Another blast from the past”

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”

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”

Ahmet Ögüt – Tahrite Bugün/Today in History

Parodying the format of a regular newspaper column, Today in History/Tarihte Bugün presents a series of drawings and paraphrased stories, extracted from Turkish newspapers from the last four decades. The news stories are sometimes poetic, sometimes overtly political, and sometimes strangely surreal. Dislocated from their original context and presented as an artist’s impression, the workContinue reading “Ahmet Ögüt – Tahrite Bugün/Today in History”

Gest: Laboratory of Synthesis

Initiated by a series of events and discussions during the exhibition Gest at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, this book Gest: Laboratory of Synthesis #1, includes a range of essays and interviews bringing together philosophers, artists, theorists and critics to discuss new approaches to art writing. It operates in the widening gap between theContinue reading “Gest: Laboratory of Synthesis”

Shezad Dawood – Feature Reconstruction

With a cast that included Chief Crazy Horse, Krishna, a Valkyrie, a bunch of zombies, some fetish boys, a donkey and an albino snake, Shezad Dawood’s film Feature: Reconstruction effortlessly slips between film genres, playing havoc with the unwritten rules of distinction and boundary. Similarly Feature: Reconstruction is not just simple documentation of a film.Continue reading “Shezad Dawood – Feature Reconstruction”

Fabrications & Book Works

In a similar vein as the publications I produced while working at Artangel, it is high time I consider the specific nature and processes at work in the series ‘Fabrications’, which I commissioned and produced for independent art book publisher Book Works. London. After having focused on project work for several years in Scotland (including Zenomap, Scotland’sContinue reading “Fabrications & Book Works”

Piercing Brightness: Shezad Dawood, 2012

Having worked with Shezad several years earlier on the book Feature: Reconstructed (published as part of the Fabrications series at Book Works), he invited me to work on a publication for his Piercing Brightness project (see also Subplots to a City post). Published on the occasion of his eponymous touring solo exhibition, Piercing Brightness is theContinue reading “Piercing Brightness: Shezad Dawood, 2012”