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At the invitation of artist Christian Jendreiko I participated in this exhibition to reflect on the legacy of the Artist Placement Group (APG) in Germany by screening content from my project The Order in Expectedness and So On and leading a collaborative performance entitled Drawing Flat Time. I screened the first iteration of my video work that serves as a unique portrait of former home of the artist John Latham and now gallery, Flat Time House. The work is constructed from documentation of performances in the space by three sound artists. Operating alongside a collage of interviews with individuals who have historic relationship to the former home of John Latham, this material aims to reflect the building’s complex status as a heritage venue and generative site of new artworks. The work questions the fixed nature of heritage projects in relations to artists home, rather proposing the site as a generative, changing space. Rather than attempting to reverently preserve the artist’s domestic and working space, FTHo has facilitated the work of others via its exhibition and residency programmes. Latham’s theoretical and political vision informs and shapes this production ensuring it maintains an active critical engagement with these themes and the artist’s legacy. This project will represent the architectural space as a site of activity through the recording of live sonic works by artists David Toop, Tomoko Hojo and Lucie Stepankova performed for the building itself. Each artist’s singular approach will by layered with fragments of conversations with, among others Gareth Bell Jones, Jo Melvin and Lina Hermsdorf. This non-linear and open form proposes a response to this context informed by John Latham’s Flat Time theory that advocates an understanding of the world in terms of time and events rather than space and objects. In the winter of 2017/2018 the Kunsthalle together with KIT respectively addressed the theme “Academy” from different angles. Inspired by the legendary exhibition series “between” (1969-1973), which emerged from student unrest and protests against the institution —particularly among students of the Kunstakademie— the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf invited professors and students of the Düsseldorf and Münster Kunstakademies as well as the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM) to Academy [Working Title] to confront from a critical, contemporary perspective a range of topics that attend the archive and to negotiate the significance of an historical legacy as well as the proximity of institutions and academies in the Rheinland to the production of art.
Artist(s): Bailey G
Publication type: Exhibition
Publication status: Published
Number of Pieces: 1
Venue: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Media of Output: video and workshop