Yesterday saw the second Saturday workshop of Landmark Seizures. Phase 2 of Nicole Bachmann's audio work began, and phase three was recorded live for those that saw it by Gareth Williams at around about 1pm. Various DGGNGNTHRTH activities continued. Drawings appeared. Also sculptures. Spinach and Stilton was uneaten due to lack of time or dietary restrictions. Bad Timing saved the day as Sitting Room University built their Raspberry Pi media hub. 3pm discussion was foreshadowed by torrential rain as the group discussed the SRU-posed topic "Should art create rational objective knowledge?" the full recording is available at archive.org here
Landmark Seizures one was a book.
Here is the account of the book, written in December 2011:
This is a demonstration
Landmark Seizures is the strata of works by five artists and writers, printed in blue soy based ink and bound rather crudely together with some staples. Instability and the need to negotiate or wield a hidden unknowable material is a common concern within these works. Images and language are not simply faltering and flawed but used as such to a means beyond themselves alone. Rather than a play on the surface each artist here involved is trying to deal with something underneath.
If things are unstable, as they undoubtedly are, then among the strategies to deal with this involve perhaps a mutual de-stabilising. However, historical attempts have demonstrated that it is not enough to simply scatter the pieces in protest against the tyranny of reason and ideology. Equally we have been shown that it is not enough to offer commentary upon the indistinction between scattered and ordered pieces. The artists who’s work makes up Landmark Seizures are engaged in different ways with the uneasy acts of poiesis in which their own agency operates alongside an awareness of the raw material they deal with and its inherent potential for generative disorder.
Ultimately though, it is important to remember that Landmark Seizures is just a demonstration. The standardisation of its form, the limiting of artists working within video, performance, sculpture to 6 pages of monotone print is an intentional hobbling of the above described processes. Landmark Seizures is both an object and a proposal for (but not a representation of) work outside itself. A combination of super-works not yet realised across five artists in a space as yet undetermined.
The hidden unstable space of Landmark Seizures is the unstable exhibitions that it will become at locations yet to be fixed.
Nicole Bachmann (CH) completed her MFA at Goldsmiths College London in 2010. Her recent shows include “Performance as Publishing” at the South London Gallery, “Ha, around the corner” a solo show at Perla Mode, Zurich and a performance at Kunsthalle Basel in January 2012. In 2008 she won the Prix National and had a solo presentation at the Young Art Fair, Liste Basel. She also publishes the fanzine series “Me and My Friends” which she presented at “The New York Art Book Fair” in 2010. www.nicolebachmann.net
“I work across the expanded fields of drawing, sculpture, video and publishing. I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008. I am interested in the agency of matter and the corruption of language as tools against misplaced power. I believe strongly in instability and the beautiful potential that reason has served to obscure. I wrote this in December 2011.” Ralph Dorey.
Beatriz Olabarrieta is represented by MOT Gallery in London.
Gino Saccone is represented by Galerie Gabriel Rolt in Amsterdam.
Evan Calder Williams does a number of activities concerning communism, horror, ornament, and cinema under the project Socialism and/or Barbarism. He is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse, Roman Letters, and Escape From Venice.
Title: Landmark Seizures
Authors: Nicole Bachmann, Ralph Dorey, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Gino Saccone, Evan Calder Williams
Publisher: Sender Brocken
Size: 210 x 148 mm
Federal blue risograph print on cyclus / evercopy recycled paper.
Printed by The Hato Press.