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Abstract

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.


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Artist(s): Bailey G

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2018

Number of Pieces: 1

Venue: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

Media of Output: video and workshop


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