Contribution to 1916

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Actual Presentation: (Re)AD(D)ing

This presentation experiments with literacies for reading and writing 1916 as a non-coherent project distributed across an exhibition, symposium, catalogue, screenings, private view and other (readerly and writerly) encounters.

It offered a read of 1916 spread across two axises - vertical and horizontal:

  • vertical - moving down - looking at the history of Chelsea as a site for research - prison - medical hospital - art school
  • horizontal - reading across the exhibition - across the statement in the forward in the catalogue, which talks about this exhibition not being research but instead forcing a position. This was read through Mark Hutchinson's catalogue text about Dada as negation...

A (silent) PowerPoint presentation, (Re)AD(D)ing was designed to be read - it comprised of a series of text slides. There's neither a script performed in conjunction with the presentation nor recorded sychronized sound.


  • Question: Why do I have such a problem with taking a position? Nihilism seems to pervade the exhibition...
  • Seemed purposely slow and the text is fractured in curious places - this gave space for experiencing one's thoughts...
  • It raised important issues hovering under the surface of the exhibition.
  • It did a particular kind of work - of situating the exhibition - that was very different from the other presentations, which tended not to address the exhibition

You can download the presentation here.


When: TBC (around March 18th, 2010)
Where: Triangle Space
What: My contribution to 1916 will be composed of two parts:
The first of these is a text-based video work that explores (1) the theme of 1916; (2) what is included/excluded around this theme as a vector for addressing economies of attention in our uber networked reality where the glut of information demands new forms of understanding. (I'm thinking here about meta dialogue, meta knowledge, and meta cognition.) The logic of this text-based piece may be described in terms of addressivity - It literally addresses potential-interlocutors through questions and comments. It aims to prompt reflection by creating space for the potential-interlocutor to formulate a response to ideas presented in the video.

The work is informed by Brandon Labelle's The sound at the back of the mouth, almost: (see my notes on the version of this work presented at Speaking Out by following this link), Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveller, and a body of work I produced in 2005/2006 that explored using online surveys to raise consciousness instead of collect data.

The second aspect of my contribution to 1916 will comprise a ten-minute discussion following the screening. Ideally, the text-based work will prime this discussion.

Total time: 15-20 mins


  • Projector and screen/white wall
  • Sound system
  • Audio recorder
  • Still camera

Documentation: An audio recording will made of this discussion and it will constitute the main documentation of the event. Photographs will also be taken.

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