Contexts

Place and Space: Theories of Topographic Narratives

Place and Space: Theories of Topographic Narratives

Matthew Green

Matthew Green considers the importance of maps and topography to current historiographical accounts, as in the recent best-seller Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire: A Confidential Report by Iain Sinclair.

A Politics of Tears: The Museum of Useless Efforts, Marfa, TX

A Politics of Tears: The Museum of Useless Efforts, Marfa, TX

Mary Walling Blackburn

A multi-national art industry seems to have air-dropped its contemporary art institutions onto the vast plains of Marfa, Texas, USA (pop. 2500). Here lies a town where the primary economies historically favoured cattle ranching and military operations; currently they include a rapidly expanding US border patrol...

Group and Gang (The Absent Collective)

Group and Gang (The Absent Collective)

John Chilver

The trouble with the group is there is always someone who wants to be the leader. To prove exemplary as a communal organization, the group must withstand threats from within, produced by the contest for charismatic pre-eminence among members. So then, why do groups work fine elsewhere but not in visual art?

Three Ages of London's ICA

Three Ages of London's ICA

Dustin Ericksen

Fast forward to a post-literate future where decisions, digested, crafted and regurgitated by metaphysician administrators of popular opinion bring shock, awe and despair upon the slow and old...