Editions Errant Bodies — coll. Surface Tension

Following the publication of “Surface Tension: Problematics of Site” in 2003, Errant Bodies Press announces a series of Supplements that will continue the artistic and theoretical program initiated in the original anthology. The Supplement series addresses questions of site-specific art, public and architectural space, and location-based practices. Each supplement consists of essays, reports, and documentation, accentuating the interdisciplinary cross-over of spatial art practice in a diversity of geographic contexts.
Broadly, the Surface Tension Supplements investigates and encourages location-based practices through writing, documentation, and field work, while questioning what role such practices can offer in defining contemporary culture and society. The Supplements act as a platform for generating conversations and collaborations, both on and off the page, engaging work that unsettles artistic assumptions.
How might the challenges of engaging with contemporary geographies become instrumental in defining relations between artist and public?

Liste des ouvrages de la collection Surface Tension :
Maria Miranda, Unsitely Aesthetics – Uncertain practices in contemporary art, 2013
Sophie Warren & Jonathan Mosley, Beyond Utopia, 2012
Brandon LaBelle (sous le dir.) Manual for the construction of a sound
as a device to elaborate social connection
, 2010

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Ouvrages détaillés :

Unsitely Aesthetics – Uncertain practices in contemporary art
Surface Tension Supplement n° 06, 2013

Maria Miranda
(Surface Tension | édition anglaise)

In the last 10 years we have experienced a seismic shift in media culture, as the social media revolution of the noughties has brought vastly expanded networking, mobility and connection. This shift has significantly altered the making of art as well as the ways that audiences engage with art. Unsitely Aesthetics seeks to describe and understand these changes in art production and its accompanying new aesthetics, coining the term “unsitely” to point to the dispersed way that many artists are now making work across the networks both online and offline.

A departure point for the book is the idea that the traditional art historical term of site and site-specificity offers a new and strategic way to understand the shifting and troubled relationship of artwork and audience in network culture. This is a counterintuitive move against the sense of network culture as immaterial flows in a placeless world, thus underlining the situatedness of the making and experiencing of art that is still significant. The book suggests that with the unsitely aesthetics of today’s contemporary artists there is the possibility of a more democratic art with the internet acting as a public space for artists to encounter and even call forth new publics.

The book includes interviews and conversations with leading international artists and writers. Contributors: Barbara Campbell, Linda Carroli, Hugh Davies, Bec Dean, Renate Ferro, John Craig Freeman, Jo-anne Green, Teri Hoskin, Lucas Ihlein, Yao Jui-Chung, kanarinka (a.k.a. Catherine D’Ignazio), Scott Kildall, Deborah Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Michael Takeo Magruder, Timothy Conway Murray, Norie Neumark, Victoria Scott, Brooke Singer, Igor S¹tromajer, Helen Thorington, Darren Tofts.

Maria Miranda is an art-maker and art-researcher. She has maintained a collaborative art practice, Out-of-Sync, with Norie Neumark for over 15 years – making work that engages with questions of culture, place and memory. Currently she is Artistic Director of Gallery Ellipsis, the online gallery of the Centre for Creative Arts La Trobe University. From 2010 to 2012 Maria was a post-doctoral fellow at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Maria lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Maria Miranda, Unsitely Aesthetics – Uncertain practices in contemporary art
Surface Tension Supplement n° 06, 2013

(textes en anglais)
312 pages / 16,5 x 23 cm (broché)
ISBN : 978-0-9827439-8-0
CHF 29 / EUR 22
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Beyond Utopia
Surface Tension Supplement n° 05, 2012

Sophie Warren & Jonathan Mosley
(Surface Tension | édition anglaise)

Based on a project initiated by the collaborative practice of Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley with writer Robin Wilson, Beyond Utopia queries the function of utopian thinking in urban planning and spatial culture.

The aim of the original project was to establish a critical dialogue with institutions of city design and to find new sites of productive tension between the “real” and the “fictional”. Submitting a utopian architectural proposal for a real site in London to the scrutiny of the institutions that dominate the design and programming of city space, the project enacted a form of playful provocation, drifting in and though the procedures, systems and languages of planning, architecture and city development. As a fiction, the utopian work gained life as it was recounted and discussed, its narrative shared, activated and engaged through dialogue with and by planning officials and reviewers.

Elaborating on the project, the publication Beyond Utopia aims to further provoke speculation, proposition and play, outlining the idea of “something missing” in the production of city space and urban relations. Including a screenplay produced by the artists, which restages the process and exchanges of the original proposal, the publication queries how we might actively resist restrictive canons of standardization to produce a specific sociability and emergent environment built collectively, spontaneously and in support.

Writers from various fields have been invited to fasten onto concepts raised in the screenplay, to develop their propositional nature and establish new grounds for speculation as to how to play utopia. The contributions both critique and contextualize utopian thinking, ultimately locating utopia as a critical tool with which to speculate and reveal the limits of our present urban condition and its systems. The contributors include: Maria Fusco - writer and Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, London; Marie-Anne McQuay – curator; Paul O’Neill – curator, artist and writer; Elizabeth Price – artist; Jane Rendell – writer and Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett, London; Lee Stickells – senior lecturer and researcher of architecture, University of Sydney; Robin Wilson – writer on architecture, art and landscape.

Sophie Warren is an artist and Jonathan Mosley is an architect. They have a critical spatial practice that employs strategies of play, hybridisation and the construction of imaginary architectures to resist homogeneous perceptions of urban space. Using language, event, still and moving imagery and installation Warren & Mosley construct situations, an informal architecture of possibility, moving between material fact and the fiction of the imagination. The practice infiltrates environments of the multi-use sports hall, the car park, the motorway service station, the construction site and the offices and corridors of the institutions that build our cities.

Their work has been exhibited internationally including the Showroom, London (2010) with Rogue Game an ongoing series of hybrid games in collaboration with Can Altay, Berlin 60th and 58th International Film Festivals (2010 and 2008), Sydney International Architecture Film Festival (2010), Crosstalk Video Festival, Budapest (2010), within Coalesce: Happenstance curated by Paul O’Neill at Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2009), ITU Gallery, Istanbul (2008), Gymruy International Biennale, Armenia (2004), Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2003), The Armory Show, New York (2002), Frederike Taylor Gallery, New York (2001) and Gasworks, London (2000). Reviewed in the art and architectural press, the work of the collaboration has also been discussed in Jane Rendell (ed.) Critical Architecture (London: Routledge, 2007) and Brandon LaBelle (ed.) Surface Tension Supplement No.1 (Los Angeles and Berlin: Errant Bodies Press, 2006).

Sophie Warren & Jonathan Mosley, Beyond Utopia
Surface Tension Supplement n° 05, 2012

(textes en anglais)
126 pages / 18,5 x 24 cm, ill. n&b (broché)
ISBN : 978-0-9827439-3-5
CHF 25 / EUR 19
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Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection
Surface Tension Supplement n° 04, 2010

Brandon LaBelle (sous le dir.)
(Surface Tension | édition anglaise)

Organized as a temporary working group, the Manual project set out to explore sound and auditory experience as platforms for social meeting, urban intervention and environmental investigation. Developed in collaboration with Atelier Nord and the Ultima festival and staged in Oslo in 2009, the project brought together six artists from around Europe engaged in experimental media practices. The project functioned as a series of process-oriented field studies of the city, involving locational research, performative actions and public discussion. Such an approach aimed to use sound as a process of temporal and social exchange. The works involved supplemented objective perspectives with face-to-face interactions, secret interventions, and transmissions so as to bring forward amplifications of city life.

Including artistic works and materials by Siri Austeen (Norway), Brandon LaBelle(US/Germany), Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (Slovenia/Holland), Kristina Lindström & Åsa Ståhl (Sweden), and Jana Winderen (Norway).

Further essay contributions by curators and philosophers Federica Bueti, Sophie Gosselin & David gé Bartoli, Mike Harding and Stine Hebert.

Each book includes one of five produced CDs by the participating artists.

Brandon LaBelle (sous le dir.), Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection
Surface Tension Supplement n° 04 + CD, 2010

(textes en anglais)
104 pages / 18,5 x 24 cm, 62 ill. couleur (broché) + CD
ISBN : ISBN: 978-0-9772594-8-9
CHF 25 / EUR 19
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