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Ian Wallace and John Roberts in Conversation


Deadline:
Thu Nov 22, 2012 18:00

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

WORK invites you to an in conversation between renowned Canadian artist Ian Wallace and art critic John Roberts to celebrate the launch of Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography, a comprehensive new publication on Wallace’s work by Black Dog Publishing Limited.

Ian Wallace has played an important role in contemporary art over the past 50 years, from his early experiments with minimalism to his production of serial photographic ‘tableaux’ and his subsequent juxtapositions of photography with monochrome painting. A key figure in photoconceptualism alongside Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Stan Douglas, Wallace has consistently demonstrated conceptual rigour and aesthetic innovation. Through both his practice and position as social historian, critic and educator, Wallace’s influence extends to film and literature, institutional critique, architecture, urban development, gender relations, environmentalism and civil disobedience.

John Roberts is Professor of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Wolverhampton and an internationally distinguished writer and curator. He
has authored numerous works of critical theory including The Intangibilities of Form and The Necessity of Errors. Roberts is a contributor to Black Dog Publishing’s forthcoming title Contemporary Art in the United Kingdom.

Please join us on Thursday 22 November 2012, from 6.30–8 pm at WORK Gallery, 10a Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG.

RSVP is essential as seating is limited. Please email press@workgallery.co.uk to reserve a place.

Following the talk Wallace will be signing copies of his book, which will be available to purchase at PAPERWORK for the special price of £30 (RRP £39.95).


EVENT

King’s Cross Focus Weekend WORKshop Extravaganza


Dates:
Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:00 - Sun Jul 08, 2012

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Come to 10A Acton Street for kids' gardening and colouring WORKshops, and special offers on Black Dog Publishing and Artifice books at PAPERWORK, and see our exhibition, Inner World / Innen Welt: The Projects of Haus-Rucker-Co. 1967-1992, at WORK.


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Inner World / Innen Welt: The Projects of Haus-Rucker-Co., 1967-1992


Dates:
Sat Jun 23, 2012 18:00 - Sat Sep 01, 2012

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

WORK is pleased to present a retrospective of key projects by avant-garde Viennese architectural group Haus-Rucker-Co.

Haus-Rucker-Co.’s designs for inflatable structures, prosthetic devices and interventions into public spaces were also blueprints for social change and an experiential theory of architecture. Situating itself in the transitional ground between architecture, design and action art, the group was unique in its distinctive emphasis on the perceptual realm.

Their pneumatic projects aimed to counteract apathy and passive acceptance of one’s environment by distorting the experience of public and private spaces, evoking a “feeling of foreignness”. Immersive environments, bubble and capsule forms, and mind-expanding structures for private contemplation or forging personal connections all delineate not only specific physical zones but also psychological spaces. Haus- Rucker-Co. also took a playful approach to architectural materials and strategies. Plastics—mutable, flexible, inexpensive, and with seemingly infinite potential—provided not only the material for many of their projects but also served as a model for the era’s futurist vision of a democratic and mobile lifestyle.

Inner World / Innen Welt presents a comprehensive selection of archival drawings and collages, photographs, models and ephemera spanning Haus-Rucker-Co.’s 25-year collaboration. Some of the projects on display were realised in public spaces; others remain virtual—and often fantastic—solutions for social, political or environmental concerns. Exhibited projects include Oase Nr. 7, a bubble-like personal oasis which protruded from the façade of the Museum Fridericianums during the 1972 Documenta; Gelbes Herz, a psychedelically-patterned “communications space-capsule for two people”; Rahmenbau, a giant framing mechanism contrasting urban sprawl with the natural landscape; and Cover, a temporary white inflatable casing erected over Mies van der Rohe’s 1921 Lange House in a gesture of architectural dialogue.

Inner World / Innen Welt marks the 20-year anniversary of Haus-Rucker-Co.’s dissolution with a celebration of the broad scope and conceptual density of this extraordinary group’s output. Haus-Rucker-Co. was founded in 1967 by Laurids Ortner, Günther Zamp Kelp and Klaus Pinter, later joined by Manfred Ortner. The group has exhibited internationally, including participation in Documenta 5 and 6, and was the subject of a major exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien in 1992, the year of the collective’s dissolution. Already working together as Ortner & Ortner on major building commissions from the mid-1980s, Manfred and Laurids Ortner went on to develop an extensive portfolio of built projects, propelling the preoccupations of Haus-Rucker-Co. into a new realm.

To coincide with the exhibition, WORK is also pleased to announce a limited edition photographic series by the artists, and a special edition of PAPERWORK that locates Haus-Rucker-Co.’s practice within broader aesthetic, historical and socio- political contexts.


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Suzanne Treister: HEXEN2.0/Literature at WORK Gallery, London


Dates:
Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:00 - Sat May 12, 2012

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

HEXEN2.0/Literature is a new solo exhibition by Suzanne Treister. Treister's HEXEN2.0 project is an expansive cross-media investigation into the interwoven histories of government mass control systems, technological and scientific discovery, behavioural theory and countercultural movements, and diverse philosophical, literary and political responses to advances in technology such as the rise of cybernetics and the Internet. HEXEN2.0 takes as its starting point the seminal Macy Conferences, New York, 1946–53, whose primary goal was to set the foundations for a general science of the workings of the human mind.

HEXEN2.0/Literature is the 'bibliographical' component of HEXEN2.0: a series of beautifully detailed drawings of reversed book covers, exhibited here for the first time. These key texts act as portals into Treister's intricate and highly energised research into actual events, people, histories and scientific projections of the future. Treister's 'reading list' has no clear entry or exit point, bringing into close contact titles such as Timothy Leary's Info-Psychology, 1977; Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, 1953; and Jacques Ellul's The Technological Society, 1967. Once deciphered, the reversed covers denote the claims of Anarcho-Primitivism and Post-Leftism, Theodore Kaczynski/the Unabomber, Techno-Gaianism and Transhumanism, and position precursory ideas such as those of Thoreau, Warren, Heidegger and Adorno in relation to visions of utopian and dystopian futures from science fiction in literature and film.

The exhibition also includes a continuous screening programme of videos relating to HEXEN2.0's precursor, HEXEN 2039, which imagined new technologies for psychological warfare through exploring links between the military and the paranormal. The programme includes: HEXEN 2039 The Movie, 2006; Operation Swanlake, 2004; Crossing, 2005; and Over The Line, 2008-2010.

A pioneer in the digital and web-based field from the beginning of the 1990s, Suzanne Treister uses various media including video, the Internet, photography, drawing and watercolour to engage with notions of identity, history, power and the control of information. She lives and works in London.

From 7 March until 1 May 2012, selected drawings, photo-text works and a film from HEXEN2.0 will be exhibited simultaneously at The Science Museum as part of its contemporary arts programme. Please visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk for further details and opening times.

WORK is also pleased to announce the publication of the HEXEN2.0 book and tarot deck, both by Black Dog Publishing. Please visit www.blackdogonline.com for further details or to buy online. Both publications are also available at WORK through Paperwork Bookshop.

A limited edition print, HEXEN2.0: From ARPANET to DARWARS via the Internet, has also been produced to coincide with the exhibition and is available exclusively through the gallery.


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Krzysztof Wodiczko: The Abolition of War


Dates:
Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:00 - Sat Jan 14, 2012

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Krzysztof Wodiczko is internationally renowned for his politically charged, large-scale public projections and ongoing series of designs for personal communication instruments and survival vehicles. Central to his practice is the exploration of social and political marginalisation, and the creation of suitable platforms for alienated and excluded communities to “develop their shattered abilities to communicate” and testify about their personal experiences. The two projects featured in The Abolition of War, The Flame and War Veteran Vehicle, bring into focus the post-traumatic condition experienced by returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Krzysztof Wodiczko lives and works in New York, Boston and Warsaw. He is Professor of Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, and has exhibited internationally over the past five decades.