Film-maker Emily Wardill discusses her films The Diamond (Descartes' Daughter) and Sea Oak, in relation to language and communication, with curator Mike Sperlinger
Duncan White interviews Takahiko Iimura about the visual poetics of his experimental films, which combine Japanese characters with English phrases to interrogate what we mean by 'image'.
We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday 29 May at Tate Modern, London, Gregg Bordowitz will be launching his latest One Work book that focuses on Glenn Ligon’s iconic Untitled (I Am a Man) (1988).
Maria Thereza Alves and Don Genaro Amaro Altamirano were joined by Ana Bilbao to discuss The Return of a Lake (2012), a work by Alves produced in collaboration with the Museo Comunitario del Valle de Xico, Mexico.
The latest title in the Exhibition Histories series revisits ‘an Exhibit’, a radical project that emerged from a decade of testing the possibilities of exhibition-making.
Research Fortnight is a two week programme of over 80 events, artist talks, screenings, symposiums, workshops and more, in and around all the University of the Arts London colleges. Throughout the fortnight a display of Afterall publications will be on show in the Central Saint Martins' Library, alongside a series of specially curated cabinets representing research produced and developed within CSM.
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.
We are pleased to announce the fifteenth in our series of talks analysing and contextualising exhibitions through the personal accounts of the curators responsible, co-organised with Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Following on from issue #43 of the Afterall journal, on Saturday 10 February Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves and museum director Don Genaro Amaro Altamirano will be in conversation with editor and researcher Ana Bilbao discussing Alves’s 2012 project The Return of a Lake. Produced in collaboration with the Museo Comunitario del Valle de Xico, Mexico, The Return of a Lake explored questions of ecology, indigenous land rights and the community museum as a site of resistance.
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:
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.
665 The Lesser Evil
In this seminar, Eyal Weizman will present 'Only the Criminal Can Solve the Crime', chapter three of a trilogy concerned with the political and theological question of the lesser evil. (Chapter one, 'Arendt in Ethiopia', and chapter two, 'The Best of All Possible Walls', will be on display in advance of the lecture.)
Eyal Weizman is an architect based in London, where he is the director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His books include The Lesser Evil (Nottetempo, 2009), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007) and A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003). Weizman also co-authored an article on Israel's future colonisation that appeared in Afterall issue 20.
Afterall will be at Frieze Art Fair in London this October, at stand M3.
Please help to secure the future of Afterall by joining us at
The Afterall Benefit Auction & Dinner
Tate Modern, London
Tate Modern, in conjunction with Afterall, is screening a new print of Hollis Frampton's film (nostalgia), a formal masterpiece, long overlooked and under-studied. Following the screening, Rachel Moore will present a brief talk about the film. Moore is the author of Hollis Frampton: (nostalgia), published by Afterall Books in April 2006.
Screening courtesy of Frampton Estate / LUX.
Red Lion Square Lecture Theatre
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Southampton Row, London
Afterall, in conjunction with Camden Arts Centre, presents a film screening and panel discussion on the occasion of the exhibition 'Bas Jan Ader: All is Falling', and Jan Verwoert's Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous, a new publication by Afterall Books.
The discussion will be chaired by Andrea Phillips, MA Curating, Goldsmiths and will include Theo Tegelaers, De Appel and Jan Verwoert, a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory.
Please join the Exhibition Histories editorial team for an informal book launch on Monday 29 November at Koenig Books, 80 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0BF.
'I think of filmmaking like architecture,' Robert Beavers writes in the program notes for his month-long retrospective at Tate Modern, where the complete cycle of his films were shown in a rare series of screenings
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...
Afterall's first photo-essay, by Polly Braden and David Campany, chronicles the River Lea in east London, site of the 2012 Olympic Games.
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.
Monique Prieto in conversation with Thomas Lawson
For two weeks in June 2003 a large-scale sculpture appeared without ceremony in Paris's Quartier de l'Horloge, in Beaubourg...
Andrea Büttner talks to Gil Leung about value, craft and effort in artistic production; falling; shame; and the potential for aesthetic opposition.
In the following interview Sarah Lowndes talks to artist Susan Hiller about feminism in the US, class in the UK and her four-decade-long practice, which is currently the subject of a major exhibition at Tate Britain in London.