a little late with this final report.
Nicole Bachmann’s recording was finally played in its entirety. This piece had been growing for the duration of the project, with live recordings being made each Saturday with performers being cast from those present in the space.
We had a vigorous and slightly chaotic discussion over lunch in which the problems of multiply identities rose to the surface and all sense of coherence collapsed. Once again we returned to issues of responsibility and communication, someone gets called on being a fascist, at one point or another we all get angry. One area of discussion involved this review of the previous weeks workshop, again returning to the supposed dichotomy of art being either for itself, or for the audience. We propose that a plural and nebulous reading of the field is more appropriate, phases and sections of the whole will serve parts which make up each of these groupings regardless of intent. Perhaps indeed these groupings are inconsequential? Perhaps they are of consequence but in a manner that is somewhere between unhelpful and oppressive?
A recording of this discussion is available at archive.org here.
The event folded in on itself with a series of performances beginning AAS draining the drone accumulator, the music of Dolly Dollycore and a reading by Verity Spott.
Proof perhaps that outside the bifurcation that defines ends as either “bang” or “whimper” there rest a third state which involves a sustained roar and a deep sense of unease.
Thursday 16th May:
Thursday Film Room with Becky curating. Special feature starts at 5pm “Haxan” (1921)
Two weeks of activity litters the space.
work is left to be done.
Friday 17th May:
The space remains open, Thursday Film Room becomes Friday (self curated) Film Room.
Work is done.
Saturday 18th May:
Phase 4 of Nicole Bachmann’s sound piece is performed and recorded in the gallery.
DGGNGNTHRTH activity continues (soup, rugs, alienated labour) with Amy Feneck leading the new “1:30PM Lunch Discussion Group” on “Use”.
“3PM Discussion Group” becomes “Splidding Hares with Herman Hase” for one special Saturday.
Yesterday saw workshop #1 of landmark seizures take shape in a beautifully robust manner, not unlike the fabrication of a cob wall or some particularly coarse pumpernickel. Molecular, yet firmly established with some some quite dynamic emergent properties.
The hive mind/body of drone engineers AAS built their sonic isolation/emancipation/integration/interrogation chamber “The Infinite Drone Accumulator” in what must certainly be approaching a record time for any architectural object which features a Buddhist/Turrellian rapture funnel.
Please use it.
Their work continues remotely in the space over the next few weeks as a series of sound pieces culminating in the live performance on Saturday 25th May.
*Please bring ear plugs for that*
We are very pleased to announce the Gareth Williams and Becky Whitmore curated film space which should be up and running from next Thursday delivering an as yet secret programme and significantly more clandestine agenda almost certainly involving witchcraft. Details to follow.
The DGGNGNTHRTH loom is in place. Please use it.
The DGGNGNTHRTH jobs board and thought parking area is in place. Please use them.
Thank you very much to the Aid&Abet directors and associates, various artists and members of the public for taking part in the first Saturday Workshop 3pm Discussion Group on the question “where is the responsibility in collaborative practice?” *Audio to follow.*
Next weeks schedule to follow shortly, in the meanwhile Twitter hashtag #landmarkseizures contains more material from yesterday and will continue to be updated.
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.