Show Not Tell Seminar Series

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This seminar is facilitated by artist researcher Kristen Lovelock

Show Not Tell is a new Tuesday seminar for Chelsea, Camberwell & Wimbledon (CCW) practice-based research students and staff. The aim for this seminar is to create a roving critical arena for practitioners to receive feedback on their work. Generally the maker will show their work, but not present the research around their work until after it has been discussed by the group. Most seminars will take place in a Chelsea studio and some will travel to the place of the work i.e. the studio or exhibition space. CCW MA students are welcome to take part in the discussion. source: Show Not Tell blog run by Kristen Lovelock.


Zoe Mendelson: March 9, 2010 - Chisenhale Art Space
Keywords: collage, articulations of (architectural) space, neo-baroque, old technologies - nostalgia, art that looks like art

  • Zoe was concerned our discussion would focus on questions of installation - and how the artworks were working in the studio qua gallery
  • There's lots to see
  • Being in the studio complicates this critique - and the studio has been "curated" for the critique (?) The studio is in an constant state of curation.
  • Cardboard desk - playing at school - numbers and codes
  • Emphasis on assembly - collage - putting things together - creates new things - juxtapositions of objects with drawings
  • Jo's interesting comment: It's easy to image/picture the stuff through a phone camera - very easy to frame
  • Engaging with various articulations of architectural spaces
  • Scale - shifts between macro and micro
  • Old technologies - overhead projector, X-rays, assortment of projectors
  • Scopic regimes - technologies of vision - internalizing and externalizing
  • Different kinds of space - gendered space - gynecological box
  • Do the artworks work on their own or do they need one another for support?
  • Collage is very much about reprocessing materials - putting things together creates new things
  • Subjects - and how we become subjects - what technologies make us subjects
  • Various notions of work - various kinds of labour - undecidability of the status of work - is it finished; isn't it finished
  • For me: It wasn't so much about Zoe trying to figure things out as her offering a space for psychic play - projection - somewhere to inhabit - prompts for imagining
  • Choice of what's included in the collages - feels very controlled
  • Sense this work is quite "knowing work" (a little self-conscious) - invites a particular kind of gaze
  • Obsession - James' comment: It's all weird, it's all surreal, Chicago-style work (?) - both overly familiar and alienating - (cliche?) James used the metaphor of Grandmother's hanker-chief?
  • Process - much of what we see is about something that had a life before - reborn
  • When do you know when something is finished? In the case of the wall drawings, they're finished when they're erased
  • Think it invites misreading - untranslated knowledge - may present other types of knowledge - how it was made - how the things were put together - practices of practices and various kinds of architecture and attention
  • More interested in "how" things come together than "why" they come together.
  • Questions around all the stuff seeming to come from the same era - think this relates to sense of nostalgia that pervades the artworks
  • Zoe is interested in making things in a Luddite way - but also excited about other practices, other ways of working - including digital ways of working
  • Homage, difference and hierarchy - bringing things together to create another system
  • Neo-baroque - discombobulating - one space opening into another space - opening into another space - Gerard likened it to "roadkill" - Zoe spoke about desktop icons and how they open into whole new spaces - lots more information
  • The work looks very much like art...Strikes me there's a tension between the artworks as objects (material) and them as propositions...(conceptual)
  • Seduction by aestheticized technologies?

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