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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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Prix Bob Calle, Whitman, etc.

A little late with this post, seeing that the exhibition is already over, but still I am pleased to write that Dr. Lilian Landes of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and Dr. Rüdiger Hoyer of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte proposed my book An Empty Field for the 2019 edition of the Prix Bob Calle.

The 50 books that were chosen by experts from ten different European countries were shown at the library of the Beaux-Arts de Paris during March. Both the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte have substantial holdings of my work that they expanded on recently through new purchases. The Walt Whitman copy of the special edition of Song of Myself was purchased by the BSB, leaving Thoreau’s copy all by himself now, but I hear he doesn’t mind.

Speaking of Whitman, the pocketbook version of Song of Myself is currently on view in the exhibition Writers Making Books at the Spruance Gallery, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA. This show was developed in conjunction with Whitman at 200, a celebration of the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth taking place across the Philadelphia and Camden, NJ region.

Speaking of exhibitions, those of you interested in photo-text works could check out the small online exhibition currently up at the PHmuseum. Mariela Sancari curated this exhibition titled ‘Intertextual’ of photo-based works informed by literature.

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April 3, 2019 at 5:23 pm

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Poetry reading in Gent

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On March 6 I’ll be reading in the program Poëzie Publique at the University of Gent. This post will continue in Dutch.

Dit is de derde aflevering binnen de reeks Poëzie Publique, waarin Els Moors aan poëziespecialisten vraagt om zich te buigen over hun favoriete gedichten, en deze teksten samen voor publiek onder de loep te nemen. In deze sessie gaat Els met prof. Yves T’Sjoen in gesprek over de poëzie en nodigt hem uit om een favoriet gedicht te belichten voor het publiek. Het gekozen gedicht is ‘Van op de hooge brug’ van Richard Minne. Yves T’Sjoen kon op zijn beurt een dichter uitnodigen, en heeft mij uitgenodigd om voor te dragen uit eigen werk.

Datum: Woensdag 6 maart 2019, 20 – 21:30 uur
Locatie: Auditorium 1 Jan Broeckx, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte – Campus Boekentoren | Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Toegang is gratis.

 

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March 4, 2019 at 1:23 pm

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