Selphish, Mécènes du sud Montpellier-Sète

An exhibition of self

With Martin John Callanan, Alix Desaubliaux, Lauren Lee McCarthy
Curators Thierry Fournier et Pau Waelder

Participants Franck Ancel, Flora Bousquet, Flore Baudry, Aina Coca, Alexandra Ehrlich Speiser, Sophie Fontanel, Will Fredo, Raquel Herrera, Azahara Juaneda, Margot Saint-Réal and Claire Valageas

Selphish addresses the exhibition of oneself on the internet, with works that change every week to form the portrait of a new person. The exhibition consists of four works (two of which are generative), created for the exhibition by the four artists.

Eleven international participants agreed to have their Instagram profiles read (sometimes live) by the works in the exhibition.Each work interprets them in the form of images, texts, screens, objects, prints, etc.The four works change automatically: each week, the entire exhibition is dedicated simultaneously to a single participant.

Martin John Callanan, A new artwork for the exhibition: We Wanted to Mean Something, 2020, Mac mini and computer program, screens, colour laser printer, paper, wood and acrylic paint, variable dimensions. Creation of the installation by Thierry Fournier and Pau Waelder. Exhibition view, Selphish, Mécènes du sud Montpellier-Sète, 2020.

We Wanted to Mean Something, the artwork displays a succession of Instagram posts from the participant, next to images taken from news outlets at the exact time that the post was published.

Mécènes du sud Montpellier-Sète
13 rue des Balances 34000 Montpellier, France
Exhibition from 12 March to 22 August 2020, Wed-Sat 10am-6pm, free entry

Opening on March 11th, 6-9 pm
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Production: Mécènes du Sud Montpellier-Sète
Coordination : Marine Lang, coordinator, assisted by Mélia Berreur-Gély
Programming Maxime Foisseau, Alexandre Dechosal, Louis Rouffineau
With support from DICRéAM, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / CNC

Failed States Journal

Failed States is a journal of new writing about place, helmed by MagCulture’s very own Jamie Atherton. Born out of frustration with borders, walls, and the UK’s departure from the EU, Failed States’ first issue, recently launched via Kickstarter, considers the notion of islands.

The compact magazine begins with a note from Jamie (above), who comments on the impact of the deteriorating environment on low-lying islands, and also speaks of the issue’s limitations, which lie in its western bias. He states that as the journal emerged organically, most of its writers have hailed from the UK and the US. It is refreshing to read a magazine that is aware of its limited perspective, and that in turn roots the reader in the fact that each of our worlds are so small; we are all, in effect, islands.

Starting with ambitions for a 64-page volume, the standard of submissions saw it grow to be a more significant 114 pages. The issue includes a carefully paced mix of poetry, photo journals, artworks, lists and personal essays. Everything is brief and to the point. Excerpts from Joseph Curran’s ‘On the subject of creating a film on a remote island’ crop up at several points; vague and intriguing diary entries about his time working on a film for the National Trust.

Elsewhere, Martin John Callanan presents a table of statistics from some of the world’s many islands, which include population size and data rate per person. More conceptually, Paul Clinton imagines islands and otherness in his essay ‘TGI Friday’, which responds to Michel Tournier’s 1967 novel Vendredi in relation to Brexit. The ‘other’ comes up as a recurring theme throughout the issue.

Failed States is presented as a scrapbook of ideas, its pacing and large text size making it easily dipped in and out of. It muses on its theme imaginatively, offering a glimmer of hope, creativity and clarity in adverse times.

Contributors to the first issue include Anh Do, Beth Bramich, Bryony Quinn, Cally Spooner, Calvin Seibert, Carrie Friese, Doris Ho-Kane, Eli Diner, Euan Macdonald, Fi Churchman, Gabriella Beckhurst, Isabel Taube, Jasleen Kaur, Jay Simpson, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Jesse Hewit, Joseph Curran, Joyce Dixon, Julie Lindow, Lucy Watson, Luke O’Sullivan, Martin John Callanan, Mary Hannity, Mary Manning, Matt Connors, Matt Wolf, Monique Mouton, Niki Ford, Nina Schack Kock, Olivia Laing, Oscar Gaynor, Paul Clinton, Richard Dodwell, Sam Ashby, Sam Williams and Thea Smith.

ISSN 2515-5997

Failed States #1, Island

Designing The One Minute, Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents Designing The One Minute

From 16 until 23 March 2017, Designing The One Minute, curated by Yin Aiwen will be exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Yin Aiwen started a design investigation of The One Minutes chronicle 1998-2016. The series consists of 36 One Minutes by designers and artists revealing how technology changes aesthetics, perception and reflection; an experiment where technology becomes poetry.

In March, the series tours museums and cultural organisations with a subscription to The One Minutes Series.

Participating artists:

Joris Nouwens
Hendrik Niefeld
Antonis Pittas
Persijn Broersen
Margit Lukács
Dario Bardic
Heerko van der Kooij
Bart Stolle
Su Tomesen
Matthias Hederer
Ryan Oduber
Mitsuharu Nakagawa
Patrick Doan
Gijs van der Lelij
Thijs Geritz
Sagi Groner
Gaston Slaets
Vassilis Noulas and Manolis Tsipos
Lauren Alexander
Eng Chuen Chuah
Omar Ahmed Awad
Martin John Callanan
Arno Coenen
Alisha Frijters
Lauren Grusenmeyer
Donna Verheijden
Stëfan Schäfer
Persijn Broersen, Margit Lukács and Zahid Jaffar
Fons Schiedon
Kevin Bray
Maartje Smits
Andrea Karch
Minhong Yu
Arthur Röing Baer
Cyanne van den Houten
Agnieszka Zimolag

Yin Aiwen is a designer and researcher based in Amsterdam. She graduated from Design Department of Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam in 2013. Her work focuses on new possibilities of design practice in the ever-changing technological and political environment. Her recent research on ‘designer films’ investigates the new position of design thinking in filmmaking, resulting in a series of writings and events.

The One Minutes is a global network devoted to moving image.

Every month, a different artist is asked to put together a new series of 60-second films that investigate how we perceive and engage with moving image. Museums and cultural organisations around the world subscribe to the series.

Press Release PDF

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Overschiestraat 188
1062 XK Amsterdam NL

You Are Here, Broken Dimanche Press

You Are Here

Winner at the Prix Charlemagne pour la Jeunesse européennee 2010

An investigation into modes of artistic and political production in contemporary Europe, through an investigation of work being produced in the locus of East and West twenty years after the Mauerfall in Berlin. Using Berlin as a prism, a series of texts and artworks by some of Europe’s finest practitioners are presented in a unique book-object that works through its own layout and design as a physical exhibition.

You Are Here

Ann Cotten
Anna Bro
Agnieszka Drotkiewicz
Martin John Callanan
Volha Martynenka
Francesca Musiani
Christophe Van Gerrewey
Urszula Wozniak

Edited by John Holten & Line Madsen Simenstad

Design by FUK laboratories TM
11 November, 2009
English (with Polish, German, Belarussian, Danish)
ISBN 978-3-00-028868-5

Heal’s Bicentenary

18 Slade students will be in residence within the windows of Heal’s Tottenham Court Road store until 7 February 2010. Including Alex Springer who built a vintage pinhole camera to take your photograph; Jayne Wilton creating the installation ‘Catching Breath’ where 200 breaths will be caught as copper plate etchings, acid washed and displayed to create a large scale collage; and Gavin Weber has taken a 1830s press from Slade to the Heal’s window to print on demand from wood blocks carved by many Slade staff and students: including a storm cloud… for you to buy


We dream in narrative, day-dream in narrative, remember, anticipate, hope, despair, doubt, plan, revise, criticize, gossip, learn, hate, and love by narrative.

Barbara Hardy