Mapping Spaces book edited by Ulrike Gehring

Mapping Spaces

This large survey book builds on the ZKM Karlsruhe exhibition tracing the multifaceted relationship between art, science and technology in Dutch landscape art around 1650. Long before digital satellite imagery, Dutch artists used modern systems of remote sensing. Their art works provide valuable insights into past exchanges of knowledge that anticipate the techniques of mapping used today.

Includes A Planetary Order.

Hardcover: 500 pages
Publisher: Hirmer (1 Dec. 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-3777422305
Dimensions: 25.5 x 3.8 x 29.4 cm

Piet Zwart Institute Symposium: The Laughter of Things

Monday January 26, 2015. 10am till 6pm
Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 3012 GC Rotterdam
Admission free

This day of lectures and presentations will focus on old and recent media technologies of temporal measurement and control, and how they animate and re-animate human life.

The keynote speaker is Zoe Beloff, who will discuss works she is presenting in the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 program, including: The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff (2012) and Glass House (2014)

Further speakers that will expand on this topic of pervasive techniques of control, that mobilise audiovisual media to measure, categorise, and discipline us, include: Zoe Beloff, Aura Satz, Julien Maire, Martin John Callanan, Florian Cramer

The PIET ZWART INSTITUTE, MASTER MEDIA DESIGN (LENS-BASED MEDIA / NETWORKED MEDIA) is an intensive project-based research degree that will equip you to create a distinctive voice as an artist/designer in the contemporary media landscape. Our programme encourages students to explore the new possibilities released by the friction between media forms, critically working across the historical gaps between photography, cinema, animation, mobile media, information systems and technological networks. The curriculum combines collective learning, intensive individual tutorial support, practice-based research and theoretical inquiry.

http://www.pzwart.nl/blog/2015/01/12/symposium-the-laughter-of-things/

Made possible with support from the British Council Travel Grant Fund

44th International Film Festival Rotterdam

The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam will take place 21 January – 1 February 2015, and include Departure of All and Text Trends in the Signals: 24/7 programme.

24/7 will focus on the changing world & technology, and how the attention economy is affecting our lives, how we consume information and how it dominates not only our waking but also our sleeping moments. Our experience of time is mutating at the speed of light, due to the glass fibre and wireless networks that keep us entangled. How this affects our sense of reality now and its impact in the near future is one of the most important discussions in the world today.

In the late 1990s, when Google was barely one year old and was still a privately held company, its future CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt was already articulating the context in which such a venture would flourish. Schmidt declared that the twenty-first century would be synonymous with what he called the ‘attention economy’, and that the dominant global corporations would be those that succeed in maximizing the number of ‘eyeballs’ they could consistently engage and control.

24/7 is focussed on stimulating discussion on this ‘attention economy’, the global thirst for information and the daily data consumption and mass synchronisation of work and leisure rhythms which are synonymous with this. We are working, communicating and consuming whenever and wherever we happen to be in the world. Divisions between night and day, between rest and work are gradually disappearing. Our experience of time is mutating at the speed of light, due to the glass fibre and wireless networks that keep us entangled.

Therefore 24/7 forces the audience to step out of the cinema, into hotels. A hotel is just like a cinema, a place where one checks in to step out of the daily routine. They are open 24/7 and strongly associated with our need for sleep. While examining the ever-changing world of the 21st Century, this programme challenges the traditional notion of a film ‘slot’ by raising the question of what we now class as a ‘normal duration’.

Films in Signals 24/7
Departure of All at IFFR
Text Trends at IFFR
Signals: 24/7 programme PDF

Made possible with support from the British Council Travel Grant Fund

How to Construct a Time Machine, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes – Departure of All

23 January – 22 March 2015

Preview 22 January 2015 / 6-10pm

MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA.
Admission is free

www.mkgallery.org

January 2015 MK Gallery presents How to Construct a Time Machine (23 January – 22 March 2015), an exhibition of over twenty-five historical and contemporary works that explore how artists play with media in innovative ways to transform our experience of time.

What is time? How do we order the past, the present, and the future? Why are artists interested in time? How is art a machine, vehicle, or device for exploring time? How is art a means by which time ‘travels’, and how does art permit us to travel in time? Consideration of these and other questions has provided the exhibition rationale for guest curator, Dr Marquard Smith, Head of Doctoral Studies/Research Leader in the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art, London.

The show’s title is taken from an 1899 text by the avant-garde French writer, Alfred Jarry, written in direct response to H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Time Machine (1895). Wells invented and popularised a distinctively modern, fictional concept of time travel, with the time machine as a vehicle that could be operated ‘selectively’.Jarry’s response crafted a pseudo-scientific fiction that presents the time machine and time travel as an instance of ‘the science of imaginary solutions’.

Taking this idea of the time machine, time travel, and perhaps even time itself as an instance of ‘the science of imaginary solutions’, the exhibition is divided thematically across the galleries and includes works by John Cage, Martin John Callanan, Jim Campbell, Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Matt Collishaw, Ruth Ewan, Tehching Hsieh, the Lumière Brothers, Chris Marker, Kris Martin, Manfred Mohr, Melvin Moti, Nam June Paik, Katie Paterson, Elizabeth Price, The Otolith Group, Raqs Media Collective, Meekyoung Shin, Sun Ra, Thompson & Craighead, Mark Wallinger and Catherine Yass, amongst others.

Film work ranges from George Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902), an iconic silent movie which follows a group of astronomers as they explore the moon, to Thomson & Craighead’s The Time Machine in alphabetical order (2010), a complete rendition of the 1960s film version of the Wells’ novella re-edited into alphabetical order.

Sculptural work includes Mark Wallinger’s Time and Relative Dimensions in Space (2001), an aluminium version of Dr Who’s ‘Tardis’ police box that simultaneously disappears into the space-time continuum and reflects its own surroundings, and Ruth Ewan’s We Could Have Been Anything That We Wanted to Be (2012), a decimal clock which divides the day into ten (rather than twenty-four) periods, echoing a bold 18th century French Republican attempt to redefine and rationalise the day.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, designed by Herman Lelie, featuring an extended Introduction by the exhibition’s curator and a translation of Jarry’s How to Construct a Time Machine, together with essays by Dutch cultural theorist and video artist Mieke Bal and radical philosopher Peter Osborne. The exhibition will be supported by a range of related events including tours by the curator and artists, seminars, academic conferences, and film screenings.

Download PDF News Release
Download PDF invite

www.mkgallery.org

New Directions in the Philosophy of Science (The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective)

The Future of Objectivity
Dr Chiara Ambrosio, UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies

New Directions in the Philosophy of Science (The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective)

New Directions in the Philosophy of Science (The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective)

New Directions in the Philosophy of Science (The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective)

New Directions in the Philosophy of Science (The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective)

New Directions in the Philosophy of Science (The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective)

New Directions in the Philosophy of Science (The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective)

This volume sheds light on still unexplored issues and raises new questions in the main areas addressed by the philosophy of science. Bringing together selected papers from three main events, the book presents the most advanced scientific results in the field and suggests innovative lines for further investigation. It explores how discussions on several notions of the philosophy of science can help different scientific disciplines in learning from each other. Finally, it focuses on the relationship between Cambridge and Vienna in twentieth century philosophy of science. The areas examined in the book are: formal methods, the philosophy of the natural and life sciences, the cultural and social sciences, the physical sciences and the history of the philosophy of science.

Hardcover: 788 pages
Publisher: Springer; 2014 edition (20 Jun 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3319043811
ISBN-13: 978-3319043814
Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 4.8 cm

Image Politics of Climate Change: Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations, Birgit Schneider, Thomas Nocke

Image Politics of Climate Change: Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations [Paperback] Birgit Schneider (Editor), Thomas Nocke (Editor)

Image Politics of Climate Change: Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations [Paperback] Birgit Schneider (Editor), Thomas Nocke (Editor)

Image Politics of Climate Change: Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations [Paperback] Birgit Schneider (Editor), Thomas Nocke (Editor)

Scientific research on climate change has given rise to a variety of images picturing climate change. These range from colorful expert graphics, model visualizations, photographs of extreme weather events like floods, droughts or melting ice, symbols like polar bears, to animated and interactive visualizations. Climate change graphics have not only increased knowledge about the subject, they have begun to influence popular awareness of global weather events. The status of climate pictures today is particularly crucial, as global climate change as a long-term process cannot be seen. When images are widely distributed, they are able to shape how the world is thought about and seen. It is this implicit basic assumption of the power of images to influence reality that this book addresses: today’s images might become the blueprint for tomorrow’s realities. “Image Politics of Climate Change” combines a wide interdisciplinary range of perspectives and questions, treated here in sixteen interdisciplinary case studies. The author’s specializations include both visual practice and theory: in the fields of climate sciences, computer graphics, art, curating, art history and visual studies, communication and cultural science, environmental and science & technology studies. The close interlinking of these viewpoints promotes in-depth insights into issues of production and analysis of climate visualization.

Birgit Schneider (Editor), Thomas Nocke (Editor)
Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Transcript Verlag (15 Mar 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3837626105
ISBN-13: 978-3837626100
Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.8 x 2.8 cm

The New Yorker, The Fifth Season, James Cohan Gallery

The New Yorker

To sum up the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: we’re toast. The nearly two dozen participants in this terrific, if depressing, show propose an art for the Anthropocene, in which time has accelerated (Martin John Callanan’s airport departure board cycles eerily fast), the seasons are out of whack (Charles Burchfield’s “Summer” features a tree, December-bare), and no purchase of organic strawberries will outweigh the ten billion metric tons of carbon spewed forth each year. An eighteenth-century theatrical scene, featuring an artificial sun, leads all too inevitably to AlexisRockman’s trash-strewn seascape, featuring a drowning elephant and a capsizing container ship. The ever-sharp Pierre Huyghe and the young filmmaker Erin Shirreff also make strong contributions, but the most haunting work is an anonymous video from the destroyed power plant at Fukushima, in which a single man points his finger in silent accusation at the camera, at the polluters, at us. Through Aug. 8.

Make the Living Look Dead

Book Works
Make the Living Look Dead
June 7 – July 26, 2014

bookworks_cannons

Opening reception Saturday June 7, 3-6pm

For Make the Living Look Dead, Book Works invited a selection of artists it has previously worked with over the last 30 years to make a new work on A4 paper as a contribution, intervention or fictionalization for its archive. Each work plays with notions of time and exposes the fragility of coherence inherent in the archive. Contributions range from original discarded material to found objects or fabricated letters, as well as new work masquerading as past proposals or future projections of sequels, panegyrics or unfinished work.

Participating artists are: An Endless Supply, Steve Beard and Victoria Halford, Pavel Büchler, Martin John Callanan, Brian Catling, Adam Chodzko, Jeremy Deller, Mark Dion, Giles Eldridge, Ruth Ewan, Luca Frei, Dora García, Beatrice Gibson and Will Holder, Liam Gillick, Susan Hiller, Karl Holmqvist, Stewart Home, Hanne Lippard, Jonathan Monk, Bridget Penney, Sarah Pierce, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Clunie Reid, John Russell, Slavs and Tatars, NaoKo TakaHashi, Nick Thurston, Lynne Tillman, Mark Titchner, Alison Turnbull, Eva Weinmayr, and Neal White.

This project will be shown alongside recent publications commissioned by Book Works and a series of poster projects by: Fabienne Audéoud and John Russell, Stewart Home, Inventory, Jonathan Monk.

Live Events with HEAD Gallery, Jarett Kobek, Maxi Kim and others to be announced.

2nd Cannons project space
2245 E Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90021

Distribution as a Process for Online Technology

Pauline de Souza
GSTF Journal on Computing (JoC) Vol.3 No.4, April 2014

This article considers how distribution as a process interacts with technology and how users engage with distribution. It is not the first time that the relationship between distribution and technology has been discussed. It was discussed a curatorial practice for online technologies by CRUMB (Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss) on its 2012-2013 list. some of the discussions about distribution relate it to the visualisation of data within curatorial practice locating it within social and cultural debates. CRUMBS’s online group discussions looked at how the actions of curators, artists and gamers created social environments for people to interact with. Also Furtherfield art projects looked at the accessibility of online technology for people from low economic backgrounds. While mapping projects relate different data to other sources. However, this is not the only way to consider distribution. To comprehend distribution as a process this article discusses the different levels of distribution.

Departure of All cited as example.

Read full paper [PDF]

The Fifth Season, James Cohan Gallery

the fifth season, james cohan gallery

the fifth season, james cohan gallery

24 June – 8 August 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 26, 6 – 8 PM

James Cohan Gallery is pleased to present The Fifth Season, opening on 24 June until 8 August 2014. An opening reception will be held on Thursday 26 June, 6 – 8 pm. This group exhibition explores the seasonal rhythms of natural systems, the human disruptions of these once-balanced cycles, and the increasing alarms of global climate change.

The theme of the “four seasons” has inspired countless works of art throughout history. As a subject, the seasons are metaphors for life cycles and transitions. The calendar propels our existence on a regular emotional and physiological schedule. The rhythm of life is inextricably connected to the quartered year.

Ecological and technological changes have created a less defined cycle of life, one that is sped up by the velocity of communication and slowed down by unpredictable environmental behavior, calling into question our long-held notions of how time behaves. One is confronted on a daily basis by unprecedented connectivity and growing awareness of irregular natural patterns, and we as a species are struggling to understand this new reality.

Whether addressing the conventional notion of the four seasons or reflecting on today’s intense technological hybridity and climate change, the exhibition presents an opportunity to situate ourselves in this fifth season—a highly nuanced, unfamiliar place.

Participating artists: Matthew Brandt, David Brooks, Charles Burchfield, Martin John Callanan, Claude Louis Châtelet, Jacques de Lajoüe, Mark Dion, Spencer Finch, Finger Pointing Worker, Futurefarmers, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Natalie Jeremijenko, Beatriz Milhazes + BUF, Katie Paterson, Alexis Rockman, Erin Shirreff, Kota Takeuchi, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Tomaselli, and Erik Wysocan.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a free publication and guide containing complementary images and texts.

Press release [PDF]

Exhibition publication [PDF]

Born Digital on Paddle8

Paddle8

Paddle8

15 April – 30 April 2014
http://paddle8.com

Born Digital is a benefit auction and an online exhibition made to support the activities of the Link Art Center on the online auction platform Paddle8. The event – the first with this focus taking place in Europe on this scale – will open on April 15, 2014, and will include more than 50 works kindly provided by 33 artists. For two weeks long, you are invited to bid on the works to support the artists and help us reach our goals. The Link Art Center is the first Italian organization collaborating with Paddle8, a web platform organizing monthly themed and benefit auctions, experimenting with the auction format as a means of self-funding.

The complete list of participants includes: Alterazioni Video, Anthony Antonellis, Aram Bartholl, Erik Berglin, Enrico Boccioletti, Heath Bunting, Marco Cadioli, Martin John Callanan, Gregory Chatonsky, Adam Cruces, Caroline Delieutraz, Harm Van Den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, Electroboutique, Herbert W. Franke, Elisa Giardina Papa, Matteo Giordano, Emilio Gomariz, IOCOSE, Joan Leandre, Jan Robert Leegte, Jonas Lund, Janez Jansa, Janez Jansa, Janez Jansa, JoDi, Eva and Franco Mattes, Rosa Menkman, Filippo Minelli, Vera Molnar, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Angelo Plessas, Evan Roth, Alexei Shulgin, Carlo Zanni.

All the featured artists are either based or born in Europe. The selection includes different generations of artists working with the digital medium and within the digital environment, from early pioneers such as Vera Molnar and Herbert W. Franke, to net.art classics such as JoDi and Alexei Shulgin, to younger artists still in their twenties. The selected works display a wide range of formats, and respond in different ways – sometimes traditionally, sometimes more radically – to the issue of collecting the digital: prints, installations, drawings and videos are joined by animated gifs, websites, printable 3D files and 3D printed sculptures. Some of them display generative images, some others deal with desktop aesthetics; some refer to online habits, cultures and places, others are strictly related to the living and working conditions introduced by the digital shift. They all inhabit networked spaces; they are Born Digital.

Starting prices vary from the very affordable (around 100 € for a video-in-print by Carlo Zanni or a Certificate of Existence by Martin John Callanan) to the higher prices reached by outstanding installations like Jan Robert Leegte’s Scrollbar Composition 2005/2011. If an artwork is sold, 20% of the final price will be used to support the upcoming activities of the Link Art Center.

The LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age (Link Art Center) is a multi-functional center promoting artistic research with new technologies and critical reflections on the core issues of the information age. Founded in Brescia, Italy, in 2011, the Link Art Center is active locally, internationally and online: it organizes exhibitions, produces artistic and curatorial projects, publishes books. To check out past activities, visit our website: www.linkartcenter.eu. The funds raised will be used to support our ongoing activities: Link Editions, our publishing initiative; Link Point, our project space; and Link Cabinet, our upcoming online gallery.

Paddle8 is an online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the world. They offer two types of auctions: monthly themed auctions, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. More info: http://paddle8.com

The Link Art Center would like to thank all the artists, XPO Gallery (Paris) and DAM Gallery (Berlin) for their amazing support in this initiative.

http://paddle8.com/auctions/linkart

Download the PDF catalogue

After a War, LIFT Festival 2014, Battersea Arts Center

After a War

A century of conflict

The first world war can seem hopelessly remote to the 21st-century mind. And yet, this war ushered in modernity and set the pace for the most murderous century of human history. It ripped through Europe, dissolved empires, changed the nature of warfare and continues to define global relationships.

For After a War, LIFT, Tim Etchells (Artistic Director, Forced Entertainment) and 14–18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, have invited 25 artists and companies from across the world to think about the global impact and legacy of the first world war alongside contemporary issues of war and peace. Our programme culminates in this three-day weekender at Battersea Arts Centre — a potent venue which, from 1916 onwards, housed the trials of many of London’s conscientious objectors.

LIFT website

After A War schedule and info (PDF)

Mapping Spaces: Networks of Knowledge in the Landscape Art of the 17th Century, ZKM Karlsruhe

Mapping Space, ZKM Karlsruhe

Mapping Space, ZKM Karlsruhe

Mapping Space, ZKM Karlsruhe

Mapping Space, ZKM Karlsruhe

Mapping Space, ZKM Karlsruhe

Mapping Space, ZKM Karlsruhe

Mapping Space, ZKM Karlsruhe

12 April – 13 July, 2014
An exhibition at the ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art
Opening: Fri, April 11, 2014, 7 p.m.

The ZKM throws new light on 17th century landscape painting. Comparable to modern satellite surveying (GPS), true to scale landscape representation is also indebted to the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge: the alliance of geodesists, mathematicians, instrument makers and painters. Artists had designed modern surveying systems long before new media drew on images from outer space.

The exhibition Mapping Spaces examines, for the first time ever on this scale, the influence of early modern guide books in geography, the science of surveying and the construction of fortification on Dutch painting around 1650. The prelude to the project, developed at the University of Trier, is Pieter Snayers‘ large-format depiction of historical battle scenes, in which maps and landscape paintings are projected over one another so as to document the most recent developments in modern engineering, ballistics and the fortification construction.

Over 220 exhibits, among them paintings, surveying instruments, graphics devices, books, maps and globes drawn from the most important collections of works, such as from the Prado (Madrid), the Louvre (Paris), the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) or the Kunsthistorischen Museum (Vienna) testify to these new theses in pictorial science. The new mapping of an early modern area of knowledge is accompanied by contemporary works of art that thematize the influence of technological developments on our present-day perception of space.

Das ZKM wirft einen neuen Blick auf die Landschaftsmalerei des 17. Jahrhunderts. Vergleichbar der modernen Satellitenvermessung (GPS) verdankt sich auch die maßstäbliche Landschaftsaufnahme einem verzweigten Netzwerk des Wissens: der Allianz von Geodäten, Mathematikern, Instrumentenbauern und Malern. Lange bevor die Neuen Medien sich also digitaler Bilder aus dem All bedienten, entwarfen Künstler moderne Fernerkundungssysteme.

Die Ausstellung „Mapping Spaces“ untersucht erstmals in diesem Umfang den Einfluss frühneuzeitlicher Handbücher zur Geographie, der Vermessungskunde und dem Festungsbau auf die niederländische Malerei um 1650. Den Auftakt des an der Universität Trier entwickelten Projektes bilden die großformatigen Kriegspanoramen Pieter Snayers, in denen Karten und Landschaftsbilder übereinander projiziert werden, um die neuesten Errungenschaften des modernen Ingenieurwesens, der Ballistik und des Festungsbaus zu dokumentieren.

Mehr als 220 Exponate, darunter Gemälde, Messinstrumente, Zeichengeräte, Bücher, Karten und Globen aus den bedeutendsten Sammlungen der Welt wie dem Prado (Madrid), dem Louvre (Paris), dem Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) oder dem Kunsthistorischen Museum (Wien) belegen diese neue, bildwissenschaftliche These. Die Neu-Kartierung eines frühneuzeitlichen Wissensraumes wird begleitet von zeitgenössischen Kunstwerken, die den Einfluss technologischer Entwicklungen auf unsere heutige Raumwahrnehmung thematisieren.

500 page book accompanies the exhibition

Art and the Internet, Joanne McNeill and Domenico Quaranta

art and internet

Location of I and I Wanted to See All the News From Today featured in the forthcoming book Art and the Internet by Joanne McNeill and Domenico Quaranta.

Art and the Internet is a much-needed visual survey of art influenced by, situated on and taking the subject of the internet over the last two and a half decades. From the early 1990s the internet has had multiple roles in art, not least in defining several new genres of practitioners, from early networked art to new forms of interactive and participatory works, but also because it is the great aggregator of all art, past and present. Art and the Internet examines the legacy of the internet on art, and, importantly, illuminates how artists and institutions are using it and why.

Black Dog Publishing, January 2014
Paperback, 240 pages, 300 b/w and colour ills, 280 x 230 mm
ISBN 9781907317989

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2013

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Leverhulme Awards Recognise Rising Stars of Research

Martin John Callanan has been awarded the triennial Philip Leverhulme Prize in Visual Art 2014-17.

This year, the Leverhulme Trust awarded 29 Philip Leverhulme Prizes to recognise researchers at an early stage of their career, whose work has already had a significant international impact, and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. Prize winners receive an award of £70,000 over three years, which may be used for any research purpose. Nominations are accepted for work across 18 broad disciplines, with prizes in six of these disciplines offered each year.

The prizes recognise the achievements of researchers at an early stage of their career, whose work has already made an international impression, and whose future research holds exceptional promise.

The prizes were established to commemorate the contribution of Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and former trustee, to the work of the Leverhulme Trust.

Twenty-nine prizes have been awarded across six disciplines (Astronomy and Astrophysics, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Modern Languages and Literature and Performing and Visual Arts).

Full list of awards (PDF) or awardee’s biographies (PDF)
Leverhulme Trust website

Slade School of Fine Art

UCL Provost

Certificate of Existence

Certificate of Existence

Certificate of Existence, 2013 is a unique work in series published to coincide with an exhibition of new and ongoing work by Martin John Callanan at noshowspace in October 2013.

Certificate of Existence is a self-portrait by the artist in the form of an original legal document that certifies that Martin John Callanan appeared before a notary on the 16th October 2013, identified himself as Martin John Callanan and was pronounced in existence at this time. The work is a unique legal document in a series of 20, differing by the time each document was witnessed.

http://www.noshowspace.com/editions/certificate-existence

Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War, Imperial War Museum, October 2013 – February 2014

IWM North
Saturday 12 October 2013 – Sunday 23 February 2014

Wars During My Lifetime

How do artists contribute to our perceptions of war and conflict in an age where our understanding is shaped by the media and the internet?

This autumn, in Manchester, IWM presents its first major exhibition of its national collection of contemporary art produced since the First Gulf War.

IWM holds an unrivalled collection of twentieth and twenty-first century British art, including some of the most significant artists exploring war and conflict today.

Explore the ways in which art can prompt us to think more deeply about current events, their immediate impact and their long-term implications. Hear from the artists themselves and discover what motivates people to create art about conflict.

Featuring many new and recent acquisitions, Catalyst features over 70 works from this national collection on public display together for the first time. Explore photography, film, sculpture, oil paintings, prints and book works ranging from the highly moving to the humorous, philosophical or outraged.

The exhibition includes work by Steve McQueen, kennardphillipps, Langlands & Bell, Miroslaw Balka, Willie Doherty, Martin John Callanan, Paul Seawright, Ori Gersht, Jananne Al Ani and Edmund Clark.

Admission free
More info
Download the catalogue (PDF)

Wars During My Lifetime 1982-2012
Callanan is an artist with an ongoing interest in the individual’s place within wider systems. In this newspaper he lists, in order, all the wars that have taken place during his lifetime. Since making this work he has made additional editions of the work with updated lists including subsequent conflicts. Through this simple gesture he reinstates the place of the individual within the broader sweep of history, using his own lifetime as a unit with which to measure historical events. On reading the list, some of the conflicts are immediately recognisable, while others have largely passed under the Western media’s radar.

As part of the exhibition, a Town Crier proclaimed Wars During My Lifetime in and around the Museum on 13 October 2013, here is a full audio recording:

Wars During My Lifetime, Town Crier

Wars During My Lifetime, Imperial War Museum North, 13 October 2013

Wars During My Lifetime, Town Crier

Wars During My Lifetime, Town Crier

Wars During My Lifetime, Town Crier

Wars During My Lifetime, Town Crier

Artist Martin John Callanan, whose work features in IWM North’s latest exhibition, brings a special performance to the museum – featuring a town crier.

Set against the backdrop of Daniel Libeskind’s award-winning building, representing a globe shattered by conflict, expect to be led around the museum while a town crier reads aloud the thought-provoking listings of wars that have occurred during the artist Martin John Callanan’s lifetime. Callanan’s work, Wars During My Lifetime, is a newspaper listing that features in the new exhibition Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War. It is a fascinating – and rapidly expanding – document that makes no comment but brings the list to our attention. This piece is performed live for the first time since its original commission for Whitstable Biennale in 2012.

IWM North, Wars During My Lifetime

IWM North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, M17 1TZ, 3.15pm, Sunday 13 October, free, suitable for all ages.

Part of the Manchester Weekender

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