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Small Publishers Fair London

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On November 15 and 16 I’ll be participating in the Small Publishers Fair in London for the first time. My new book A History of Dogma will be launched there, details about the book will follow soon. There will also be a selection of my other books available, including the full set of Indirections, which if the printer delivers on time should by then number 10 pamphlets.

Practical details about the fair can be found here, and an overview of participants here. There will be an exhibition connected to the fair and a program of talks.

Opening hours:
Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November from 11 AM to 7 PM.
There is free admission.

Location:
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4RL

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October 15, 2019 at 3:21 pm

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Exhibition Walt Whitman’s Words

Song of Myself will be on view in the exhibition ‘Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today’ at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. The show was curated by Deirdre Lawrence and runs from October 3 to December 14.

More info to be found here on the site of the Center for Book Arts.

2019 is the 200th birthday year of Walt Whitman (1819-1892). In addition to his work as a poet, Whitman is also remembered as a book designer and printer, essayist and journalist. The Center for Book Arts is marking this bi-centennial by looking at how Whitman’s writings have influenced contemporary artists working in the book arts. ‘Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today’ follows several themes Whitman focused on in his writings, providing the connective tissue that links these works together. Geography, history, identity and immigration are a few themes that emerge from the works of art on view. Whitman’s fascination with Ancient Egypt, photography as a branding tool, and his notion of the world as he imagined it are all evident in the art on view. These diverse objects range from books, drawings, photographs, sketches, broadsides and a scroll.

Artists include: Isabel Baraona, Sasha Chavchavadze, Allen Crawford, Marianne Dages, Brian Dettmer, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Evelyn Eller, Anne Gilman, Donald Glaister, Sam Gordon, Barbara Henry, Meg Hitchcock, Timothy Hull and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sam Ita, Stefan Killen, Richard Kostelanetz, Karen Kunc, Sophia Le Fraga, Angela Lorenz, Russell Maret, Barry McCallion, Mark McMurray, Susan Newmark, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Brian Selznick, Clarissa Sligh, Peter Spagnuolo, Elisabeth Tonnard, Walt Whitman, Rutherford Witthus, Marilyn Zornado.

The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th St, 3rd Flr
New York, NY 10001

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September 30, 2019 at 2:59 pm

The PhotoBook Review

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For those interested in image-text works, see the new PhotoBook Review (#16, Spring 2019) published by Aperture and guest-edited by Federica Chiocchetti. If you turn to the centerfold you’ll find a collaboration by Jason Fulford and myself.

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August 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

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Indirections #9

A new pamphlet was published within the series Indirections. It is #9 in this series of image-text pamphlets.

The series focuses on the manoeuvring involved when ideas are presented to the public eye with the aim of persuasion. Whether it’s the deceptions of Soviet propaganda or the minor deceits that I find in my local newspaper, things are bent and spun and twisted into what the powers that be want us to believe. The series demonstrates this by showing found image-and-caption combinations from books, leaflets and newspapers. Each item in the series is a folded sheet containing a single found image with its caption. The caption is on the front, the image is hidden inside. By uncoupling them, the two elements are each given their own stage – as a result a new space opens up between them. In that space a small tragicomedy is played out. It appears that at times images can be a bit stubborn and reveal slightly different truths from the ones implied by the words coupled to them.

More details about the pamphlets can be found here. Johan Velter recently wrote about the series in this post on his blog (in Dutch).

The #9 pamphlet can now be ordered, copies of #1 to 8 are still available as well. They are priced at €7,50. Order through the webshop or by email. A flat fee for shipping applies.

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August 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm

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The Plan at museum Villa Stuck

Here are some first installation photos of my presentation of The Plan in the exhibition Von Ferne. Bilder zur DDR (From Far Away. Images of the GDR) at Museum Villa Stuck in Munich. The show focuses on art projects that are concerned with the visual legacy, specifically when it comes to photographic images, of the GDR. More information is available here (in German). Thanks to Joachim Schmid for the images below.

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Installation of The Plan. A copy of the Plan in wooden frame, 9 GDR folders containing further copies of the Plan, 24 photographs in vitrine, text in golden letters on wall.

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Vitrine with 24 photographs.

Floor plan

I was asked to develop a concept for the floor plan of the show, relating it to my project. Visitors to the exhibition receive this floor plan when entering the museum, the blank side is stamped then and there. When using the plan, visitors automatically take on poses analogous to the ones shown in The Plan.

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Floor plan.

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A visitor with the floor plan.

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Further study of the floor plan.

Catalogue

The catalogue for the show was published by Walther König Verlag. It is bilingual in German and English and gives a good overview of the wealth of work in the show through artist’s contributions and several essays. Editors: Michael Buhrs and Sabine Schmid.

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June 26, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Talk at Perdu

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On Friday the 21st of June I will give a presentation on my work at Perdu in Amsterdam during the evening program ‘Cause the written word is mineral. This program with Charles Bernstein, Susan Bee and Astrid Lampe focuses on the politics of form, a concept within Language Poetry. I will discuss a few of my books and clarify, possibly, some aspects of their form.

Doors open: 19:30
Start: 20:00
Entrance: €9 / €6 (discount)
Program in Dutch and English

Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86
1012 CZ Amsterdam

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June 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

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Exhibition in Munich

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An installation version of The Plan will be on view in the exhibition Von Ferne. Bilder zur DDR which opens on June 5 at Museum Villa Stuck in Munich. The show focuses on art projects that are concerned with the visual legacy, specifically when it comes to photographic images, of the GDR.

More information is available here (in German).

The show is curated by Sabine Schmid. Works by Tina Bara, Sven Johne, Jens Klein, Jürgen Kuttner, Christian Lange, Emanuel Mathias, Katrin Mayer, Simon Menner, Einar Schleef, Christine Schlegel, Joachim Schmid, Erasmus Schröter, Maya Schweizer, Seiichi Furuya, Gabriele Stötzer, Paul Alexander Stolle, Tamami Iinuma, Elisabeth Tonnard, Andreas Trogisch, Joerg Waehner and Ulrich Wüst.

The exhibition runs from June 6 to September 15. The opening is on June 5 at 7 PM. There will be a catalogue published by Walther König Verlag (ISBN 978-3-96098-619-5).

Museum Villa Stuck
Prinzregentenstraße 60
D-81675 München

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May 20, 2019 at 6:43 pm

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