Novel ~ 1
Exhibition: ALASTAIR MacKINVEN, RUPERT NORFOLK, HANNA SCHWARZ,CHEYNEY THOMPSON, FRANZ WEST
We would like to thank all of the artists for participating and the following galleries for their kind support; AC Gebbers, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Daniel Buchholz Gallery, Cabinet, Gisela Capitain Gallery, Dicksmith Gallery, Greene Naftali, Hotel, Modern Institute, Christian Nagel Gallery, Croy Nielsen, Overduin and Kite, Reena Spaulings, Sutton Lane, Vilma Gold and Zabludowicz Collection.
Front, Alastair MacKinven
p.1, Mark von Schlegell In Lovecraft
p.2 & 36, Megan Fraser Untitled
p.3, Michael Krebber Puberty in Painting
p.4 - 5, Hannah Sawtell Untitled Text
p.6, Josef Strau Bad Conscience
p.7, Edwin Burdis Escapism (it is a virtue not a vice)
p.8 - 10, AC Gebbers / Luis Jacob Habitat, habitus and performativity
p.11 & 31, Marc Camille Chaimowicz Partial Eclipse
p.12-13, Barry MacGregor Johnston In Word Shadows
p.14-15, Michael Stevenson / Jan Verwoert Fables (extract)
p.16-17, Sam Lewitt
p.18-19, Steven Claydon Osmium and Wolfram
p.20 - 24, Scott Lyall Lecture Meant to Accompany the Consumption of a Multiple
p.25 - 28, Ei Arakawa interview
p.29 - 30, RH Quaytman The Call of the Wind
p.32 - 37, Henry Flynt Romance as Illumination
NOVEL draws together artists writing, texts and poetry that oscillate between modes of fiction and criticism. A cacophony of voices, that is the primary condition of writing, seek to break the habitual methods of representation and productions of subjectivity. Disconnected from any unitary theme these texts coalesce around writing as a core material of a number of artists exploring language and fiction. This fiction acts as a speculative force, no longer defined by what is said, even less by what makes it a signifying thing, but perhaps as a mode that exists parallel to the visual. Here, art writing is an apparatus for knowledge capture, informed by theory, film, politics and storytelling; writing as parallel practice, different, tangential; writing as political fiction; writing as another adventure on the ‘skin drive', renegotiating unfulfilled beginnings or incomplete projects – that might offer points of departure. Amidst the insinuated narratives and materialised visions there is a concern for writing and the impossibility of fiction which is at stake. NOVEL asks us to think of writing as something distinct from information, as at least one realm of cultural production that is exempt from the encompassing obligation to communicate.
The launch event, readings and screenings will be staged at Anna-Catharina Gebbers |Bibliothekswohnung, library and project space for art exhibition, performance art, literary and philosophical readings. A former GDR apartment off Berlin-Mitte's Friedrichstrasse, the apartment will be the loci for reading, furnished with artworks and related films that augment the fictioning of a scenario. This scenario will be the summation of multiple experiences and anxieties that demands new forms of critical fiction. These new strategies require an active protagonist, a polymath who can amalgamate them with fluency. Fiction is not made up, it is based on everything we can learn or use; a zone in which all sources of knowledge are valid.
Luke Folwer, " The Way Out - A Portrait of Xentos Jones" (in collaboration with Kostan Koper), 2003; DVD, 32:52mins
Luke Fowler/Kosten Koper's film, THE WAY OUT, A Portrait of Xentos profiles one of the founding members of The Homosexuals, a band that lapsed into obscurity after self-releasing a number of groundbreaking records in the post-punk period
Bernadette Corporation describes this work as "A fashion film about the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé and the color white." Produced for the 2000 Walker Art Center exhibition Let's Entertain, this short film employs a range of strategies to approach the idea of nothingness, emptiness, and vacuity, with an eye to how these notions relate to contemporary mass-cultural entertainment. Juxtaposing "documentary" takes on a fashion shoot with footage of semiologist Sylvère Lotringer giving an impromptu lecture on Mallarmé on a frozen lake, Hell Frozen Over maintains an ambiguous stance from which to both critique and celebrate the power of surface.
With: Sylvere Lotringer, Bianca (New York Models), Arielle (Next). Voice-overs: Liz Bougatsos, Colin DeLand. Hair: Rick Radone. Make-up: Yuko Mizuno. Clothes: Vikor & Rolf, Andre Walker, Seth Shapiro. Music: Ben Williams, The Beatles, Kippenberger, Mozart, Cat Stevens, Schubert. Video Editing Equipment/Software: The Bohen Foundation.
Publication: EL ARAKAWA, EDWIN BURDIS, MARC CAMILLE CHAIMOVICZ, STEVE CLAYDON, HENRY FLYNT, MEGAN FRASER, ANNA-CATHARINA GEBBERS/ LUIS JACOB, BARRY MacGREGOR JOHNSON, MICHAEL KREBBER, SAM LEWITT, SCOTT LYALL, ALASTAIR MacKINVEN, RH QUAYTMAN, HANNAH SAWTEL, MARK VON SCHLEGELL, MICHAEL STEVENSON / JAN VERWOERT, and JOSEF STRAU
Film Programme: DUNCAN CAMPBELL, LUKE FOWLER in collaboration with
KOSTEN KOPER, MEGAN FRASER, SASCHA HAHN, JUDITH HOPF / DEBORAH SCHAMONI,
NILS NORMAN / STEPHAN DILLEMUTH, BERNADETTE CORPORATION
NILS NORMAN / STEPHAN DILLEMUTH
"I'm short your house", 2007 24 mins.
‘As the video I'm Short, Your House, 2007, closes, a voice tells us that today, "Not only do works of art end up as commodities, but there is also an overwhelming sense in which works of art start off as commodities." The quote is from the Australian conceptual artist Ian Burn, but on-screen, the source of the voice seems to be a shadow in the shape of an animal head, made by a hand. Stephan Dillemuth and Nils Norman use simple means to create a caricatured realm akin to Karl Marx's "inverted world where Mr. Capital and Madame Real Estate dance their macabre dance.' More…
Melanie Gilligan Artforum December 2007
"Bernadette" presents an unravelling, open-ended story of the female Irish dissident and political activist, Bernadette Devlin. Duncan Campbell is interested in fusing documentary and fiction in order to assess both the subject matter and the mode of communicating it.Documentary is a peculiar form of fiction. It has the appearance of verity grounded in many of the same formal conventions of fiction––narrative drive, linear plot, and closure. More...