Jan van Eyck Academie – A Platform for Art/Theory/Design

July 9th, 2013

The Jan van Eyck Academie is a site of encounters which had surpassed the sterile confines of academia and the consensual norms of market-oriented work, as it welcomed examinations and radical critiques of the spaces of artistic creation, theoretical inquiry and design, while also questioning the relations and boundaries between these fields. Building upon this experience, while at the same time surpassing its institutional limitations, the intention is to construct a platform for collaboration between theorists, designers and artists, by suspending the borders between their respective disciplines, by affirming the need for collective and experimental work, by engaging in projects which do not shy away from questioning the very possibilities of different domains, whether aesthetic, scientific or political.

Discussion, displays of works and book presentations, organized by the Jan van Eyck Alumni Association, July 17, 7Pm, Motto, Berlin.

Posted in Art, Design, Education

THIS BOOK IS A CLASSROOM

July 9th, 2013

This Book is a Classroom is a publication about art education, self-organised institutions, and circular communication; edited and devised by Lucie Kolb & Romy Rüegger, Passenger books and HIT. Book launch, July 10 2013, 7pm, X Marks the Bökship, London.

“…We would like to learn, and we are working on a book. The room it offers is circumscribed and structured by the book‘s parameters: format, binding, jacket, title page, layout, preface, postface, table of contents, captions, cross headings, intertitles, annotations, editorial notes, appendix, blurb, names and accessories. This book is a classroom. We invite you to play this classroom together with us – a play to be played indoors or out, I wish to be a school – by a text or picture contribution; as a professor, student, guest, friend, reader, lecturer, listener, assistant, staff, animal, as equipment, materials, furniture, architecture or sound …” (Corinn Gerber, Lucie Kolb, Romy Rüegger)

THE BOOK SOCIETY #02 – Paraguay Press

July 5th, 2013

Publishing, in its multiple manifestations, from catalogues to art books and magazines, is a space in which not only is something conveyed, but contents are developed and created.
The Book Society, a project devoted to the most experimental forms of production in publishing, involves creating a reading room in the Contemporary Art Museum of Villa Croce, Genova, where during 2013-2014 some of Europe’s most interesting publishing houses will be presented.

The second reading room, July 9, 6pm, is dedicated to Paraguay Press – the publishing house of castillo/corrales, the Paris co-operatively run exhibition and bookstore space – which will present a selection of their publications. Each project developed by Paraguay Press looks carefully into the pragmatics of publishing, and adapts each print-run and scope, deploys different printing devices, and considers various distribution strategies — according to the nature of each publication. All depart from an understanding of the space of the book, considered not as a medium of documentation nor a vector of promotion, but as an act of translation and the extension of artistic, critical and curatorial thinking into a graphic, mobile, democratic and durable form.

Posted in Art, Books

The Illustrated Dictionary of Received Ideas

July 4th, 2013

Since 2009, Gareth Long and Derek Sullivan have worked towards an on-going project to illustrate and translate Flaubert’s Dictionary of Received Ideas. Seated at an iteration of Long’s Bouvard and Pécuchet’s Invented Desk For Copying, a series of desk-sculptures pulled from the unfinished pages of Gustave Flaubert’s incomplete last novel, the two artists intend eventually to illustrate every entry in Flaubert’s posthumously published satirical dictionary – a text that contains 950 biting and surprisingly contemporary entries lampooning bourgeois French society of the time.
Flaubert had intended to include this text as part of the second half of the novel Bouvard and Pécuchet. Long and Sullivan’s project has them draw images copied from the Internet (the dilettante’s library of today, and one that parallels the vast library embedded within Flaubert’s novel) which brings the surprisingly contemporary platitudes up to date, and match Flaubert’s own caustic wit and meta-references with a disarmingly funny, charming (and sometimes school-boyish) sense of humour. Just as the desk-scultpures act as an illustration of the final moments of the novel, with Long and Sullivan seated at them, they too become a sort of extended illustration of the eponymous characters. A self-professed ‘crap drawer,’ Long’s lack of skill as an illustrator for the Dictionary is a form of illustration itself: his drawings are obviously those of an amateur, just as Bouvard and Pécuchet are destined to remain amateurs in each of their endeavours. And so, by ‘copying’ the two characters in the novel, Long and Sullivan’s drawing sessions contribute to the seemingly endless cycle of mimicry and citation taking place in the book.

Long and Sullivan have worked on The Illustrated Dictionary of Received Ideas through more than 23 illustrating sessions to date. Upcoming session, July 25, 2013, 5pm, The Power Plant, Toronto, as part of Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art.

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John Stezaker – WORKING FROM THE COLLECTION

July 3rd, 2013

John Stezaker has been centrally influential in a number of developments in art over the last four decades; from Conceptual Art, New Image Art through to contemporary interest in the collage. Showing first as a part of the British Conceptual Art group in The New Art, 1972 (the first Hayward Annual), Stezaker’s interest in the concept soon gave way to a long-term fascination with the image, finding new aesthetic allegiances with the image through working with found photographs and printed matter. This fascination is translated into alterations, deletions, visual concordances and juxtapositions of disparate sources, intuitively creating new images, relationships, characters and meanings.

The selection exhibited during Les Rencontres d’Arles, until September 22, 2013, represents a cross section through the recent manifestations of ongoing collage series including Mask, Marriage, Muse and Film Still Collage, as well as the collections of image fragments (The Third Person Series). Additionally on show is the first production of a new venture—the making of film loops. These constitute discontinuous projections of different collections of photographic images. Horse consists of 3325 different still images of stallions taken between 1985 and 2005 and projected at 24 horses a second.

Posted in Art, Exhibitions