Elena Filipovic in Dialogue with Lucy Steeds

– Monday 27 November 2017. 17:30

We are pleased to announce that on Monday 27 November Elena Filipovic will be in dialogue with Lucy Steeds on the subject of artists as curators.

For this event, Filipovic will draw from her recently-published One Work book, David Hammons: Bliz-aard Ball Sale, an unannounced action in which the artist peddled snowballs on the streets of New York in 1983.

Steeds will present and analyse the focus of a book in Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series: ‘an Exhibit’, the maze-like installation built by artists Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore, with the writerly involvement of Lawrence Alloway, first in Newcastle with the help of art students in 1957, before its transfer to the ICA in London.

Uniting these two artistic case studies, and opening up to further examples, Elena and Lucy will debate the history of artists as curators. Specifically, Elena will draw on her work for The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp (The MIT Press, 2016) and her edited volume The Artist as Curator (Mousse Publishing, 2017) to which Lucy contributed.

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Art’s Exhibition Histories Online

– Thursday 16 November 2017. 16:30

Through a research strand dedicated to exhibition histories, Afterall investigates issues raised by art of the recent past in its becoming public in particular places and times. Featuring keynote presentations first from Samuel Weber and then Annet Dekker, this symposium will enquire into online opportunities within the field of art’s exhibition histories, asking: what sort of sensual and discursive justice might a web platform offer past shows of art, as distinct, perhaps, from the provisions of the printed page? Online examples will be discussed – including Afterall’s own work to date – but the emphasis will lie on addressing some attendant philosophical, digital and political concerns.

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Call for Papers: Asia through Exhibition Histories

– Monday 6 November 2017.

Afterall is uniting with Asia Art Archive, the Paul Mellon Centre and Tate Research Centre: Asia to host a session at the forthcoming annual conference for the UK’s Association for Art History (AAH). Hosted by the Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, this event will run 5 to 7 April 2018.

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Afterall Window Display and Christmas Promo Code

Wednesday 1 November 2017. 10:00 – Friday 5 January 2018. 18:00

To coincide with our exhibition in the Window Galleries at Central Saint Martins, you can now claim 20% off a subscription to Afterall journal for a limited time. To claim this discount, simply email subscriptions@press.uchicago.edu or visit The University of Chicago Press website and quote promo code CSM17 before the 15th January 2018.

This code is valid for a 20% discount on 'print and e-book' and 'e-book only', and does not include postage.

October: The Great Experiment

– Thursday 5 October 2017. 18:00

October 1917, and its immediate aftermath of artistic and cultural experimentation, set the terms of the great twentieth and twenty-first century debates around art’s autonomy and its political ‘commitments’. The fundamental argument in the wake of the Russian Revolution – which, according to the Gregorian calendar, took place in November 1917 – that art and culture could, through education and enlightenment, influence the course of history, seems ever more pertinent today, in the context of new cultural and media phenomena that powerfully influence ‘public opinion’, governance and, indeed, elections.

As part of October: The Great Experiment, we are pleased to announce the following events:

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Exhibition Histories Talks: APTART 1982–84

– Saturday 23 September 2017. 15:00

We are pleased to announce the fourteenth in our series of talks analysing and contextualising exhibitions through the personal accounts of the curators responsible, co-organised with Whitechapel Gallery, London.

To coincide with the latest book in the Exhibition Histories series, on Saturday 23 September artists Nikita Alekseev and Vadim Zakharov will be in conversation with scholar, curator and critic Margarita Tupitsyn discussing the APTART ‘anti-shows’ that took place in Moscow from 1982–84. These covert and anarchic actions, which soon came into conflict with the Soviet authorities, represent a collective attempt to rethink the politics of exhibition-making and the practice of making public in the absence of a public sphere.

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Symposium ‘Curating after the Global: Roadmaps for the Present’

Thursday 14 September 2017. – Saturday 16 September 2017.

Join us at LUMA Arles for a three-day symposium that aims to address curating with respect to questions of locality; geopolitical change; the reassertion of nation states; and violent diminishing of citizen and denizen rights across the globe.

Following on from the success of How Institutions Think (LUMA, Arles, 2016), and The Future Curatorial What Not and the Study What? Conundrum (CCS Bard, 2014), this third symposium in the series extends our questioning of the dynamic relations between curatorial education, research, practice and their institutions.

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MISS READ: Berlin Art Book Festival 2017

Friday 14 July 2017. 17:00 – Sunday 16 July 2017. 19:00

This weekend, Afterall will be participating, alongside a selection of 200 publishers, art periodicals, artists and authors, in MISS READ: Berlin Art Book Festival 2017. On Sunday, Afterall editor Ana Bilbao will be discussing the journal’s history and how it has developed. Ana will also provide insight into our working processes and our present and future interests. Founded in 2009, Miss Read is one of Europe’s leading Art Book Festivals, dedicated to community-building and creating a public meeting place for discourse around artists’ books, conceptual publications and publishing as practice.

Admission is free and more information about the event is available on their website.

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Art Education: Global Perspectives

– Thursday 13 July 2017. 19:00

How do specific geographic contexts shape different models of art schools? Bringing together case studies from the UAE, Thailand, Singapore and Pakistan, this panel, including Afterall’s David Morris, offers insight into experimental ways that artists have organised alternative models of practice that often challenge assumptions about what pedagogy might mean.

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Transnationalism and its Limits: Mobility and Contemporaneity in Thai Art with David Teh at Tate Modern

– Thursday 22 June 2017. 16:00

Join us on Thursday 22 June, from 16:00–18:00, for a seminar with David Teh hosted by Tate Research Centre: Asia. This seminar, entitled ‘Transnationalism and its Limits’ and produced in association with Afterall, will consider the position of artistic mobility within and beyond the contemporary art of Thailand. Despite the decades-long national struggles over sovereign insecurity, economic boom and bust and constitutional meltdown, since the 1990s many Thai artists have downplayed their identity and become conspicuously mobile. What can be said of their relationship to national identity and what can their excursions tell us about the transnationalism of contemporary art? In his contribution to this event, David Teh will argue that their mobility not only allows them to dodge local limitations it also recalls a much older spatial imaginary, a worldliness that is no symptom of art’s globalisation but a condition of its possibility.

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Kinship, Communitas, Comunidad: Symposium

– Sunday 28 May 2017. 13:30

Please join us for the symposium 'Kinship, Communitas, Comunidad'. Following last year’s panel discussion Global Indigenous? and the current issue of Afterall, a series of talks further discuss how kinship and community are important to strategies of sovereignty and resistance to colonialism.

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Offprint London

Friday 19 May 2017. 18:00 – Sunday 21 May 2017. 18:00

Across the weekend 19–21 May, Afterall will be at Offprint London. Offprint is a forum for independent publishers and features publications on art, photography, design, architecture, experimental music, open culture and activism. Offprint London returns for its third edition to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, hosting 140 independent and experimental publishers, in collaboration with Tate Modern.

Alongside this event we are offering 20% off a subscription to Afterall journal for a limited time. To claim this discount, simply email subscriptions@press.uchicago.edu or visit The University of Chicago Press website here and quote promo code OFF20 before 31 May 2017.

This code is valid for a 20% discount on ‘print and e-book’ and ‘e-book only’, and does not include postage. Please visit our website for more information.

Offprint London, 19–21 May 2017
Tate Modern, Turbine Hall
Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Exhibition Histories Talks: Bart De Baere

– Thursday 16 March 2017. 19:00

We are pleased to announce the thirteenth in our series of talks analysing and contextualising exhibitions through the personal accounts of the curators responsible, co-organised with Whitechapel Gallery, London.

On Thursday 16 March, director of M HKA, Antwerp, Bart De Baere will be in conversation with curator and writer Charles Esche discussing ‘This is the show and the show is many things’, an exhibition that took place at S.M.A.K, Ghent in 1994, alongside related events. Variously described as a ‘fun palace’, a ‘warehouse’ and a ‘wasteland’, this quasi-mythical exhibition brought to the fore a new wave of artists and an innovative format, incorporating dance to debates; opening up the space of process, relational capacity and whimsy.

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Richard Sommer, Barbara Fischer and Charles Stankievech

– Monday 16 January 2017. 17:30

On Monday the 16th of January, Head of Central Saint Martins Jeremy Till will introduce a guest lecture by Richard Sommer and colleagues Barbara Fischer and Charles Stankievech of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

Presented by the CSM Fine Art and Spatial Practices programmes, in collaboration with Afterall Research Centre, this event follows on from the ‘This is an Art School’ project at Tate Modern, a week of activity exploring the purpose of the art school.

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Afterall Window Display and Christmas Promo Code

Monday 5 December 2016. 01:01 – Wednesday 4 January 2017. 01:01

To coincide with our exhibition in the Window Galleries at Central Saint Martins, you can now claim 20% off a subscription to Afterall journal for a limited time. To claim this discount, simply email subscriptions@press.uchicago.edu or visit The University of Chicago Press website here and quote promo code AFTX6 before 20 January 2017.

This code is valid for a 20% discount on 'print and e-book' and 'e-book only', and does not include postage.