Following the educational turn, Part II of the session asked how departures from the book form can be identified – through textual online interventions, collaborative writing  exercises,  sculptural and performative workshops/installations, lectures, poetry readings, audio essays, and so on. Melissa Ratliff, in her presentation Breathing Books in, Breathing Books Out began by noting that the […]

Bharti Lalwani, in her presentation Shared Agency vs State Obstruction: One exhibition-example of art, empowerment and the collective in Southeast Asia, used the exhibition Concept Context Contestation: Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia, co-curated across Southeast Asia, to discuss art’s critical function as distinct from other types of texts. The exhibition avoided homogenising the […]

The following day the Ensemble shifted its focus to exhibition models in three sessions each examining ‘Curation as Writing/Exhibition as Book.’ Stefanie Hessler served as moderator throughout these sessions and she began by reminding the Ensemble of the dramatic changes to the distribution of text that had been explored the previous day, and asking how […]

Respondent Hemant Sareen noted that in their own ways, each artist in the session is engaged in a playful way with the traditional form of the book. Sareen saw the session as a brief survey of Indian art portraying a generational shift from the traditional to the conceptual. He recalled that in the Talmudic tradition, […]

The Ensemble then reflected on Himali Singh Soin’s performance from the previous evening, The Particle and the Wave. Countering an algorithmic aural visualisation of the 1,265 semi-colons in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, the performance used the digressions of marginalia and the spontaneous structures of improvisation to examine the book as a machine of immortality and […]