Publication as Practice # 4: I start from the image of an end, FormContent / Wednesday 29 October 2014, 7pm
Publication as Practice
# 4: I start from the image of an end : A conversation around “It’s moving from I to It – The Book”
Talk starts at 7.15pm
Participants: Pieternel Vermoortel (commissioning/producing), Paul Becker,Bianca Baroni (editing), Paulus Dreibholz (design), Eleanor Vonne Brown (distribution), Gil Leung/Michael Newman (contribution/content production), the reader (the public).
I start from the image of an end opens up FormContent’s most recent publication through the perspectives of those who have actively participated in its conception, production and dissemination. Structured as an informal conversation each one of the parties touches upon role played in the development and presentation of the book (respectively distribution, design, editing and content production). The conversation is then punctuated by a fifth person: a narrator, a figure that allows the content of the book to organically fold into the discussion. By bringing in actual bits of the publication, the narrator not only opens up few crucial passages of its narrative development. It orchestrates the positions of the speakers as much it does for the multitude of authorial voices that have crowded “It’s moving from I to It” over two years.
“It’s moving from I to It” is a nomadic project that evolved approximately over two years through different initiatives encompassing exhibitions, commissioned texts, performances, readings and talks. By embracing fiction as a curatorial framework each event/initiative has entered the programme as a scene would feed into the narrative trajectory of a script. As such the project has included a total of 17 scenes, differently animated by a set of characters and contextualized in different locations and timeframes. The project culminated into the “The Play”, a script written and directed by Tim Etchells’ as the final commission of the programme. Using language to retrace the narrative development of the project and appropriate the various voices that crowded it, this text exploring a kind of minimalist deconstructive theatre that is at the heart of Etchells’ practice. After having been launched at Tate Modern in January 2014 the script has been performed across several art venues in Uk and abroad.
Consistently with the particular trajectory delineating the programme the book is articulated into seventeen scenes, bringing together commissioned material as well as documentation of off-site exhibitions and events. In addition to such content the book also delves into the actual process that foregrounded “It’s moving from I to It” by implementing working material, collateral writing, published texts and graphics.
Sunday 26 October 2014, 4 – 7pm * clocks go back
Book launch of ‘Where Is That Light Now’?
By Paul O’ Kane
Published by eeodo
Where Is That Light Now? collects three short, illustrated pieces from the archive of artist, writer and lecturer Paul O’Kane. Photography as art is explored here through a personal mode of literary memoir. The pieces are distinct, drawn from different stages of a career but cultivate a subtle intra-textuality. A search for a consistent perspective on a life as an artist occasionally encounters Asian thought. The writing comes to question established contexts for art and proposes an alternative – art as a personal vocation or ‘way’.
With a performance to mark the setting of the sun followed by a discussion with Paul O’Kane.
X Marks the Bökship
^ Matt’s Gallery
42 – 44 Copperfield Road
London E3 4RR
Publication as Practice II
A short course on concepts of artists’ publications
Wednesday 22 October 2014, 7pm
# 3: Performance as Publishing
Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale
Talk starts at 7.15pm
Image: From script to reading to exhibition to performance to print Alex Cecchetti, Story Line: Marie & William, 2013
Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale formed Performance as Publishing in 2010. It is an artist-led research project which investigates overlaps in performance practice, events, discourse and writing.The project explores the work of contemporary artists who use text and writing/speaking as a basis for their performance. Past events and exhibitions have taken place at: Kunsthalle Basel; Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam; South London Gallery; Rowing, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; and Modern Art Oxford. They will talk about their recent project I take an empty space and call it a bare stage, at New York Art Book Fair, and meetings in New York with artists active in Fluxus, conceptual art and spoken word.
Nicole Bachmann is an artist based in London and Zurich. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include MOT International Project Space, London (2014), Swiss Art Award Basel (2014), Zabludowicz Collection London (2013), and Aid & Abet, Cambridge (2013). Bachmann’s latest piece draws on the idea of language as material: Language as a possible physical form as well as a performance where rhythm relates back to the craft of making
Ruth Beale is an artist based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Peckham Platform, London (2014), Trade, Nottingham (2014), and group exhibitions at LesTerritoires, Montreal (2014) and Wysing Arts Centre (2014). Her work employs collaborative, discursive and performance processes to explore the relationships between culture, governance, social discourse and representation.
X Marks the Bökship is closed this week during the installation of the next Revolver II show. Open again for the Revolver II preview and Toponym launch on Sunday 12 October, 2 – 5pm, then every Wednesday – Sunday 12 – 6pm.
REVOLVER II Part Two: Traverse
Bronwen Buckeridge, Lucia Nogueira and Joëlle Tuerlinckx with site-specific interventions by Craig Barnes, James Coleman, Peter Liversidge and X Marks the Bökship.
15 October to 9 November 2014
Open 12-6pm, Wednesday to Sunday
Preview: Sunday 12 October, 2-5pm
A curatorial collaboration by Robin Klassnik & Michael Newman
Sunday 12 October 2014, 2 – 5pm
Launch of Toponym
By Lia Na’ama ten Brink
Published by LemonMelon 2014
£15 | Softback | 100pp | ISBN 978 1 908260 14 7 | 200 copies
‘Missionaries used to speak of dreams as the god of the savage, but through my hands they have always slipped like mercury …’
Toponym is a work of poetic-documentary montage, a journey through form that segues between found texts and images, traversing registers that are in turn technical, lyrical, scientific and archival. Its compass extends from the illuminators of medieval Central Asia to the nocturnal cormorant fishermen of 1950s Peking; from a surveyor’s passage through Victorian London to an historian’s taxonomy of shadow; and from Renaissance autobiography to the musicological diagrams of a modernist composer.
Where once narrative was shared in the ritualised gatherings of Boccaccio’s Florentine storytelling nobility, or imparted through the rites and festivities of the ancient Roman calendar, in Toponym it becomes a polyphony of verbal and visual fragments haunted by the placelessness that is the mark of the library, the archive and the imagination. The act of reading moves beyond language: unfurling across material surfaces, articulating the mineral and the molecular, the chromatic and the textile.
The Toponym book launch will take place in the Bökship during the opening of the second part of Revolver II at Matt’s Gallery. A small installation of archive films will be showing in the shop during the launch.
‘I’ve never read her’ book club reading short fiction and essays by women.
Wednesday 15 October, 7pm
Reading: Sophia al Maria – The Girl Who Fell to Earth
Sophia Al Maria is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. She works a great deal with the concept of “Gulf Futurism” a term coined by Al Maria to explain an existing phenomenon she has observed in architecture, urban planning, art, aesthetics and popular culture in the post-oil Persian Gulf. Her memoir ‘The Girl Who Fell To Earth’ was published by HarperCollins on November 27, 2012.
I’VE NEVER READ HER is a book club based in East London. We read short fiction & essays by women, every second Wednesday of the month. Bring a bottle (or not) and your thoughts. Everybody is welcome. We also host screenings and events around the texts that we read. http://iveneverreadher.wordpress.com/
Wednesday 12 November, 7pm
Hito Steyrl – In Defense of Poor Image (Essay)
Wednesday 10 December, 7pm
Caryl Churchill – Cloud 9 (Play)