Thursday 30 May 2013, 6.30-9pm
Launch of ‘We Were Trying to Make Sense…: Exploring Artist and Non-artist Collaborations’
‘We Were Trying to Make Sense…’ looks at collaborative projects operating on a number of scales and working both within and outside of institutional constraints. It is a platform for reflecting on the collaborative process from a number of perspectives, with contributions from both artists and non-artists, and looks at specific issues concerning ethics, power dynamics, communication and representation. The publication was developed in collaboration between Magda Fabianczyk and Sophie Hoyle, and features contributions from Rachel Anderson of Artangel, Broniowianki Folk Group, Petra Bryant, Sophie Hoyle, Magda Fabianczyk, Tilly Fowler of AIR at CSM, Emaan Mahmud, David Roberts, Alicja Rogalska, Justyna Scheuring and Erica Scourti.
There will be screenings of Reality Life (2009) by Erica Scourti, and Broniowska Piosenka / Untitled (Broniow Song) (2011) by Alicja Rogalska, commissioned by Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and being shown in the UK for the first time.
In January 2013 the publication was launched as part of the ‘We were trying to make sense…’ exhibition at 1Shanthiroad in Bangalore, India. The exhibition, curated by Magda Fabiańczyk and coordinated by Sophie Hoyle, provided an opportunity to discuss the texts in relation to collaborative works with non-artists in an Indian context. Fabianczyk travelled to New Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Santiniketan and Kolkata to meet artists and curators involved with developing projects with various communities in India. There will be a limited edition version of the publication, with additional texts from Snachayan Ghosh (Frieze Art Fair, Kochi Muziris Biennial, Visva Bharati University), Annika Hampel (Goethe Institute Stipend, PHD candidate at Department of Cultural Policy of the University of Hildesheim) and Suresh Kumar (Bar 1, Bangalore), as a preview of the second issue that is currently being developed. The second issue will focus on socially engaged art practices in India, how Indian artists self-organise when state funding is not available, and the issues of cross-cultural collaborations between Western and non-Western participants.
‘We Were Trying to Make Sense…’ was Supported by Polish Cultural Institute in London, Polish Institute New Delhi and Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The publication was designed by An Endless Supply at Jerwood Project Space.
More information about the publication can be found here: http://www.fabianczyk.com/Magda_Fabianczyk_New/We_were_publication.html
Friday 24 May 2013, 6-9pm
Launch of How Buildings Kill
Published by Tombstone Press
Ken Hollings Talk 7pm
How Buildings Kill is a visceral and illustrative examination of urban living and architecture through a physical interaction with print. Combining provocative writing and innovative image making, the book plays with the possibilities and limitations of print.
The physicality of space, the fabric of our constructed environments, the nostalgia of utopia, the rapid gentrification of cities, urban brutality and the Situationist Internationals are all explored in the first book from publishers Tombstone Press. How Buildings Kill is an anthology of writing featuring the Marquis De Sade, Owen Hatherley, Ian Nairn, Ken Hollings, David Dawkins and an interview with Jacqueline De Jong, alongside a collection of illustrations by Gareth Barnett.
Tombstone Press is a Hackney based publishing house committed to confronting the way we interact with the book, exploring the way we experience and construct narratives through the physicality of printed matter.
Wednesday 22 May 2013, 6.30 – 9pm
Launch of 19 PAGES
Exploring the possibilities of exhibition making, MA Fine Art students at Kingston University have collaborated on a project consisting of posters for fictional exhibitions. The only condition for each fictitious exhibition was that there must be a poster and a press release. Budgets were infinite and normal curatorial considerations were allowed to be happily ignored. The project was inspired by In Many Ways These Exhibitions Will Never Work Happen, a rolling presentation of posters for fictional exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery when it was temporarily closed for building work in 2010.
Thursday 13 June 2013, 7pm
‘I’ve Never Read Her’ Book Club of Short Fiction and Essays by Women
Reading The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula J Le Guin
Ursula J Le Guin is an American author of novels, children’s books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography. For June 2013 we will be reading her short story – The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (downloadable PDF). Get your copy of the Short Story collection from which this story is taken from your local charity shop, independent bookshop or library or download the PDF at http://iveneverreadher.wordpress.com
This touring box was made for X Marks the Bökship by artist Adam Burton. It was made to house the XARCHIVE a collection of books launched at the Bökship,. It is pictured here at the Arnolfini gallery in Bristol for the 4-Days event showing a selection of books concerned with performing texts. Thank you to Lauren who bought the tour box back on the train from Bristol to London. If you would like have the tour box at your college, library, space email email@example.com.
Daniel James Wilkinson’s work is based on archival research into forgotten societies and other speculative social systems. Presenting found material and reconstructing books; notes and documents, his installations and books explore the fringes of science, rationalism and belief. His works are layered with elements of nostalgic popular culture and modernist pictorial language. The works are rich in occultist design and devoid of literal explanation and are intricately constructed to recall/recreate the exuberance, excess and energy of a character or object.
Daniel will be presenting a selection of printed matter and limited edition publications he has produced over the last few years living being the Bökship. The latest issue of The Paragrin, a 1970s parody of a North Welsh newsletter will be released during the month.
Join us for a gin and tonic on Saturday 4 May from 6 – 9pm.