Tuesday, 17 August 2010

A Perverse Library

Written by Rachel Lois

I currently work with In a Word supporting radical writing in and from Yorkshire, and I would like to point Open Dialogues’ readers to this great exhibition presented by Information as Material, The Laurence Sterne Trust and In a Word.

A Perverse Library

Saturday, 4 September to Sunday, 31 October 2010

Shandy Hall

A major exhibition of conceptual writing drawn from collections of work by internationally renowned artists and writers that includes Kathy Acker, Ed Ruscha, Jen Bervin, Christian Bök, Pavel Büchler, Craig Dworkin, Kenneth Goldsmith, James Joyce, On Kawara, Sherrie Levine, Klaus Scherübel. The exhibition will be the first of its kind in the UK, and will show works by a generation of artists who have sought a radical reconsideration of the relationship between literature and the visual arts.Unfolding around Craig Dworkin’s book collection of 2,427 titles, many of them pricelessly rare objects, displayed on Invisible Bookshelves designed by Canadian architect Michael Farion, the exhibition will include:

-‘A Bibliography of Ugly Cousins’, for which Simon Morris has drawn together critical examples of appropriated writing, or ‘rip-offs’, that expose the parasitic relationship between conceptual writing / writers and their histories;

-A collection of carbonised books contributed by artist and collector Greville Worthington, entitled ‘The Black Library’, from the remains of which vegetables are to be grown for consumption in the Shandy Hall Library;

- ‘A Sonic Library’ curated by poet Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of UbuWeb, the world’s largest online archive of visual, concrete and sound poetry. UbuWeb Radio will be streamed live for the duration of the show;

-Bouvard et Pécuchet’s Invented Desk for Copying by the young Canadian artist Gareth Long who, working with furniture maker and designer Wilf

- Williams, will present the copying desk as the latest in his series of sculptures developed from the unfinished pages of Gustave Flaubert’s last novel, Bouvard et Pécuchet; and

-The launch of six new works, including print editions, publication and a newdocumentary film

You are invited to join for the Grand Vernissage to celebrate the opening of the exhibition (at the end, of course) on Saturday, 30 October 2010. Please RSVP to info@writingencounters.org. A free bus service will run from York train station to the Shandy Hall site on 27 and 28 October 2010. Places on the service can be booked today by visiting Writing Encounters

Information as Material

Laurence Sterne Trust

Writing Encounters

Funded by Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation and York College

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