Re: Towards ‘Minor’ Histories of Exhibitions and Performances

August 30th, 2012

Re: Towards ‘Minor’ Histories of Exhibitions and Performances, a two-day workshop, will bring together scholars, museum professionals, curators, artists and students to discuss the methodological challenges of re-exhibiting and recording ‘minor’ exhibitions and performances.

Although the history of exhibitions is a relatively recent field, the literature on the subject is characterised by an emphasis on large-scale exhibitions. By contrast, the present workshop seeks to identify the contours of ‘minor’ histories of exhibitions and performances – that is, a historiography of events that, for various reasons, resist inclusion in grand historical narratives. Of particular concern are the curatorial and editorial strategies upon which contemporary art institutions rely to redisplay/reperform such events.
Chief among these strategies is ‘reactivation’. The notion of reactivation raises compelling questions about the possibility of representing artistic exhibitions and performances that, while deemed historically significant, can afford, or even demand, a certain distance from ‘objective’ recreation. Over the workshop’s two days, other strategies of re-exhibition – including reanimation, reenactment and reprise – will be discussed with reference to contemporary curatorial case studies.

The two-day workshop will take as its starting point the exhibition Celebration of the Body, a complex curatorial experiment organised in 1976 by the conceptual artist IAIN BAXTER& with his then partner Ingrid Baxter (together operating under the name of N.E. Thing Company) at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario…

Hosted by Antony Hudek & Fabien Pinaroli; With IAIN BAXTER& , Ludovic Burel, Will Holder, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Mathieu Copeland, Museum of Museum, and many more…

September 5-6, 2012
Raven Row/UCL, London

Posted in Art


August 29th, 2012

Archizines célèbre le renouveau des publications architecturales alternatives et indépendantes. L’exposition rassemble 60 fanzines, magazines et revues de plus de 20 pays. Editées par des architectes, des artistes et des étudiants, ces publications fournissent de nouvelles plates-formes pour la discussion, la critique et la recherche sur l’espace habité et la pratique de l’architecture. Ils sont un complément important, souvent radical, au discours architectural.

6-26 Septembre 2012
Table ronde, 6 Septembre, 18h
École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris

French Touch – Graphic Design / Video / Electro

August 29th, 2012

©M/M Paris, The Micronauts, Bleep To Bleep

In 1994, Eric Morand, cofounder of the techno label F Communication with DJ Laurent Garnier, declared: ‘We give a French touch to house music’. The term ‘French Touch’ came to designate a movement in French electronic music that rapidly became famous on the international scene and involved all the visual artists – graphic designers, video directors, VJs – involved in this music. Never have graphic design and music been so closely associated as during the 90s and early 2000s.

Electronic music invented a veritable visual identity for itself. And often the collaboration of graphic designers with emerging independent labels was shaped by constraints and basic principles: the absence of photo budget, the musicians’ desire to remain anonymous, and the arrival of the Macintosh and its simplicity as a design tool. French labels emerged, such as F Communication, founded by Eric Morand and Laurent Garnier and aided by graphic designer Geneviève Gauckler, who had only just graduated from the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. The Solid label, founded by Alex Goffer, Etienne de Crécy and Pierre-Michel Levallois, worked with the H5 collective, created the same year, some of whose work – the Super Discount album cover by Etienne de Crecy and the Child video by Alex Goffer – have become emblematic of a whole generation. The Yellow label, created by Alan Hô and Christophe le Friant, alias Bob Sinclar, enlisted the talents of Serge Nicolas.
These graphic designers, fresh out of school, broke free from the teaching they had received at college, with its insistent reference to the Polish and Swiss schools and the militant graphic design of the Grapus collective, and looked to Anglo-Saxon post-modernist graphic designers such as Peter Saville, Neville Brody and Designers Republic for their inspiration. M/M accompanied this music scene by creating the fanzine EdEN and designing disk jackets for the Micronautes.
Graphically, this was also the heyday of the flyers that publicised each club evening and became a creative showcase for personalities such as La Shampouineuse (Michel Poulain), for Pedro Winter’s soirées at the Folie’s Pigalle, and the photographer Agnés Dahan for the Respect soirées at the Queen. This music-graphic design-video symbiosis was taken to its paroxysm by the group Daft Punk and their studio Daft Art.

Through flyers, album covers, videos, the exhibition French Touch. Graphisme / vidéo / électro introduces this common history which the global reach has allowed these designers to impose themselves and to open their practice to other fields.

October 10, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris


August 28th, 2012

The Feverish Library, a group exhibition organized in cooperation with Matthew Higgs, brings together a number of artworks whose premises are predicated on the book as a conceptual, psychological, and cultural form. In some pieces, the actual physicality of the book is addressed. The works collectively constitute a meditation on the page, book jackets, design, and content. Some works are arguably a fond or surreal portrait of pulp, a disconcerting look at hoarding and a general nostalgia or malaise regarding the impending obsolescence of the printed medium. And like the expansive and confused Borgesian library, the works in the show will be densely layered.

Additionally, the gallery will present a special project “Thirty People Present Their Favorite Book [After Kosuth]” which co-opts Joseph Kosuth’s 1966 show wherein he asked fifteen artists to choose their favorite book and presented the books as an exhibition at Lannis Gallery. In this 2012 iteration, the thirty artists of Friedrich Petzel Gallery have been asked to present their favorite book, which will be on view in the exhibition, and there will be an accompanying brochure documenting the book covers published by Jeremy Sanders and 6 Decades.

September 6 – October 20, 2012
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past

August 28th, 2012

The exhibition Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past aims to investigate the activity of one of the most complex, creative and multi-faceted figures of Italian 20th century art. It will analyse Bruno Munari’s aesthetic development from his initial Futurist phase (around 1927) to the post-war period (up to 1950) when, as one of the founders of the Movimento Arte Concreta, he became a point of reference for a new generation of Italian artists. It will also illustrate how his pioneering work exerted an influence that stretched far beyond the borders of his native country.

Bruno Munari began his career within the Futurist movement. From the very beginning, he was concerned with exploring the possibility of representing painting spatially through a continuous flow of forms rendered mutable through the incorporation of a temporal dimension, in accordance with the theories of Giacomo Balla and Fortunato Depero in their 1915 Manifesto ‘Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe’. Munari described the roots of his work as his ‘Futurist past’, and the movement’s ambitious scope certainly informed his kaleidoscopic career, leading him to work across a range of media and disciplines from painting to photomontage, sculpture, graphics, film and art theory. Indeed, his influences were extremely varied, also reflecting the aesthetics and sensibilities of movements such as Constructivism, Dada, and Surrealism… (press release)

September 19 – December 23, 2012
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London

Posted in Art, Design, Exhibitions

Idioglossia: an art writing glossary

August 27th, 2012

Idioglossia is a glossary of texts and terms generated in and around the Goldsmiths Art Writing MFA seminars at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2011/2012.
Enjoying the perverse function essential to every glossary, this book presents words, names, references and concepts in a way that disavows, reconfigures, contradicts or makes more complex their general and original use. It is the outcome of a series of workshops hosted by the students of the Art Writing MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London, using the
11 Statements written by Maria Fusco, Yve Lomax, Michael Newman and Adrian Rifkin (as published in Frieze and Fillip Journal) as a point of departure.
The material of the book was generated through presentations and discussions between students, professors and general members of the public.

Book Launch, September 21, 3pm
The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Posted in Art, Books

Pre-Paradise Sorry Now

August 27th, 2012

Pre-Paradise Sorry Now, by OMMU, is a presentation of Greek artists’ publications starting from the 60s and up to contemporary production, a body of work which from time to time is brought back to the surface. It functions both as an archive, as well as ‘new’, ‘fresh’ work, reflecting to contemporary art practices, book-making and artists’ publishing. The content also relates to art, literature as well as poetry & film.

The presentation is based on a key element which is used to approach the material. The Polygnotan Color Scale. The colored book covers function as a setting, reflecting the 4 basic colors used by ancient greek painter Polygnotus, a spine on which we can revisit the archive and place it on a specific background. The Polygnotan Color Scale uses different visual elements than CMYK, as it totally ignores and emits the color Blue. It is essentially another model of composing a full-color image. The colors used are Black, White, Red and Yellow (Ochre). The Scale is transformed into books, which conceivably contain a number of reference greek art books.

Identifying the nature of the exhibits as a kind of mechanical model – of a return to Paradise – as an electroshock of resuscitation, not from death to life, but from life to Paradise. From the lost notion of craft, to the sinful print, and from the theatrical heaven of the Persian garden to a Terirem monologue of the Byzantium, the Polygnotan Scale functions as a matrix-uterus on artist book covers, the first encounter with the cover, a question of which color wins you over, the formal Black, the innocent White, the imperial Red, the solar Yellow, the first encounter which resembles the scent of instant Paradise or Hell.

Berlin Kreuzberg Biennale 2012, The Greek Pavillon
September 7-9, 2012, Hamburg
September 27 – October 3, 2012, Paris

Posted in Art, Books, Exhibitions

P! – Process 01: Joy – Chauncey Hare, Christine Hill, Karel Martens

August 27th, 2012

P!, a new multidisciplinary exhibition space, extends the curatorial, editorial, and publishing work of design studio Project Projects and proposes an experimental space of display in which the radical possibilities of disparate disciplines, historical periods, and modes of production rub elbows.

The inaugural exhibition, Process 01: Joy, features a unique interaction of work by Chauncey Hare, Christine Hill, and Karel Martens.
The exhibition focuses on topics that periodically appear, disappear, and reappear in and out of contemporary discourse: labor, alienation, and the love of work. Rather than attempting to tackle these themes head on, the exhibition presents three wildly disparate positions that together suggest a loose and unstable thesis. The materials on view span a range of documentary, anthropological, and performative approaches to questions of labor and, at the same time, enact self-reflexive, parallel spaces of production and “off-time.”
The space’s architectural concept, designed by Leong Leong Architecture, will premiere in this first show and evolve with each successive installation at P!.

September 16 – November 3, 2012
P!, New York

Over-Booked: A Chapter from the NY Art Book Fair

August 24th, 2012

Over-Booked brings to Minneapolis a preview of the legendary bookstore’s NY Art Book Fair — the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, and zines. The Walker and Printed Matter are teaming up to create an artist book outreach program of sorts, bringing the best of contemporary artworks-for-the-page to the Midwest.

In collaboration with the Walker’s book buyer Paul Schumacher, Printed Matter will curate a selection of contemporary artist books, zines, and publications which will be displayed in an artist-designed bookshelf in the Walker Shop. As part of their mission, Printed Matter is looking for ways to spread what they do outside of NY, and this shelf will be the first in a series of shelves with other partners across the country.

To follow: Walker Blog will be featuring interviews with book artists and designers such as Christopher Schultz, Eric Wrenn, Sandra Kassenaar, Paul Chan, Lucky Dragons, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Omar Sosa, Chad Kloepfer, An Art Service, Jõao Doria, Jesse Hlebo, Ofer Wolberger, Josh Trees & Yvan Martinez, Adam Michaels, David Schoerner, Alfredo Folch, Blair Richardson, Alex Fuller, Kyle Schlie, Yun Yu, Issue Press, Wayne Daly, and Other Means. They will also be publishing an interview with James Jenkins about the genesis of the bookshelf project, and an interview with A.A. Bronson about the future of the NYABF.

September 13-15, 2012
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

Purtill Family Business

August 24th, 2012

Conny Purtill & Jenelle Porter

Posted in Books, Graphic Design


August 22nd, 2012

Someday All The Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971-1984, curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, provides a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design, highlighting imagery before, during and after the punk years, drawing upon previously unseen public and private archives and collections. Punk and post-punk graphic design is illuminated by examples of homemade cassettes, fanzines, posters, handbills, records and clothing. Highlights include original artworks by Gee Vaucher, Jamie Reid, Gary Panter, John Holmstrom and Penny Rimbaud alongside numerous anonymous artists.

September 13 – November 4, 2012
Hayward Gallery, London

Stedelijk Museum – new visual identity by Mevis & Van Deursen

August 21st, 2012

The visual identity of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is undergoing a radical reconsideration by Mevis & Van Deursen. Internationally renowned as one of the most inventive and acclaimed design agencies in the Netherlands, the duo had previously created the graphic identity of the museumís Temporary Stedelijk program from 2010 to 2012. The museumís visual rebranding will be further developed in the coming weeks, to be seen in a new logo, website design, publications, newsletter, stationery and posters, among other applications. In anticipation of the reopening of the Stedelijk Museum on September 23, the new campaign will be gradually unveiled.

Posted in Graphic Design

The Construction School featuring Icarus

August 21st, 2012

Initiated during a residency at Spike Island, 2011, and presented at Corner College, in June 2012, The Construction School – featuring Icarus at Kunstverein - is a project by designer James Langdon and explores the history of a bold attempt to establish an experimental art school in a provincial English context. The first phase (1964 to 1968) placed an emphasis on interdisciplinary working and collaboration. The second phase (1975 to 1977) was defined by a radical attempt to decentralise the educational structure of the school.

The school’s history is closely bound to the career and concerns of its founder Norman Potter, a practitioner in the margins of a mid-twentieth century English design culture. His work at the Construction School represents a period of intense critical thought about the structure of design education. The constitution of the school exemplified many of the ideas expressed in Potter’s What is a Designer, a text that was formulated during his time in Bristol. In particular Potter’s emphasis on the relational aspects of design – the mechanics of social interactions that shape design processes – was a defining feature of his programme.

From September 08, 2012
Kunstverein, Amsterdam

Upcoming Book Fairs

August 20th, 2012

©Ed Ruscha

MISS READ, September 14-16, 2012, Berlin
OFFPRINT AMSTERDAM, September 20-23, 2012, Amsterdam
THE TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR, September 21-23, 2012, Tokyo
THE LONDON ART BOOK FAIR, September 21-23, 2012, London
ZINE*FAIR, September 22-23, 2012, Vienna
THE NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 28-30, 2012, New York
VANCOUVER ART/BOOK FAIR, October 6-7, 2012, Vancouver
SALON LIGHT #9, October 19-21, 2012, Paris
OFFPRINT PARIS, November 15-18, 2012, Paris

Posted in Art

MORAVA Publishing House – How to Publish an Art Book

August 18th, 2012

Honza Zamojski, the artist and editor, publisher of Morava Publishing House, will present a lecture, “How to Publish an Art Book”, part of a series of talks he’s given under the header of “How it’s made.” The event will also serve a launch for two new publications from Morava Books.
“How to Publish an Art Book” will address various considerations in independent publishing, sharing Honza’s own experience in getting 14 books to print. With an old-school overhead projector he’ll diagram the different phases–idea, printing, distribution–required to realize a book to full effect, and also, of course, to find readers for it.

August 25, 2012, 3-6pm
Printed Matter, New York

Posted in Art, Books

The Joy of Graphic Design

August 16th, 2012

The Joy of Graphic Design is a three-day festival in Hamburg offering exhibitions, a bookstore, an independent publishing fair, workshops, a symposium, and more.

A Present in Print

August 15th, 2012

©Steffani Jemison, Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet

A Present in Print, a summer print workshop with seminar and exhibition, is presented by
If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, to play with the practice and politics of the social space of the page. Participants will work towards a collaboratively produced publication. Led by curator and critic Vivian Ziherl, in collaboration with artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, the programme will dive into the histories of the performativity of the page, examine theory of publics in relation to publications, as well as flipping through the pages of case examples.

August 24 – September 02, 2012
Copenhagen Art Festival

The Anti-Library

August 14th, 2012

The Anti-Library – first housed in the library of SPACE – is a project focused on unread books and on theories related to the meaning of anti- or non-knowledge in the fields of knowing, learning and the intellectual experience. From this very point of view, Nassim Taleb’s abstract from his famous The Black Swan – dealing with the concept of Anti-Library in connection to Umberto Eco’s library – is a fundamental landmark.

According to the author, Eco’s huge library includes a large amount of unread books – and these are to play the most important role in valuing the cultural prominence of their owner. In fact, the progressive accumulation, over the years, of an increasing amount of unread books, means a kind of intellective growth, which remains open. The more you know the larger is the amount of unread books you own. The already read ones, on the contrary, seem to fix a knowledge, which is concluded in itself and therefore is somehow sterile.

Following these premises, more than 150 among artists, curators, journalists, writers and people belonging to the field of culture, were invited to indicate a book they hadn’t read and also to write a short statement to illustrate their choice.

The Anti-Library is recreated at Lucie Fontaine’s space in Milan, adding contributions from Italian curators and artists. A permanent archive is put together, containing the collection of the volumes together with their statements – added to the ones previously selected in London.

Excursus III: Ooga Booga

August 14th, 2012

Excursus is a multifaceted initiative at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, in which artists, designers, publishers, and other cultural producers whose work engages the archive and publications are invited to create a platform for more intimate programming, alongside an online residency at Building on the idea of an excursus (an exposition or digression from a primary text) each invited artist-in-residence will activate and re-imagine both the physical and discursive space of the ICA, creating a hub for reflection on issues related to the exhibitions on view in the galleries.

Wendy Yao’s Ooga Booga is a nexus for independent art, design, fashion, and music located in the heart of Chinatown in Los Angeles. More than a bookstore, Ooga Booga is a publishing imprint, record label, meeting place, and exhibition venue.
For Excursus III, Yao will bring her collaborators to ICA for a series of workshops, events, and pop-up exhibitions.

September 26 – December 16, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

language in the darkness of the world through inverse images

August 13th, 2012

Flipping through her personal archive, Dominique Hurth investigates in language in the darkness of the world through inverse images historical events and their medial representation, their imprint in the eyes and the voice, and their inherent presence in one’s personal memory.
The subjective voice of the editor accompanies a capture of images and their captions, an iconographical data base for a dreambook of history, where the sound of a piano meets Edison, France Gall, Orwell or Pavlov. This same sound resonates in the syntax of the book that operates through its physical manifestation and the multiple directions of the reading itself, oscillating between visual and textual vocabularies. Underlined by the texture and materiality of the images, the missing comma becomes marker for Hurth’s non-linear thread of narration.

Posted in Art, Books

« Previous