A Bookworks Touring Exhibition
Artists are playing with words again – raiding the archive, bringing the dead back to life, making the living look dead.
Again, A Time Machine is a fluid, touring exhibition conceived by Book Works as a way of addressing its own archive of over 25 years of projects and its unique commissioning structure and history. Through new commissions, the project has explored how artists play with words, the written, the read, the spoken and the published. It reveals the Book Works archive as both incomplete and expansive and as much to do with a history of process, instincts and desires, as an accumulation of objects.
For Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, Book Works presents Make the Living Look Dead where a selection of artists that Book Works has worked with over the years were invited to make a new work on A4 paper as a contribution, intervention or fictionalisation for our archive. Each work plays with notions of time, and exposes the fragility of coherence inherent in the archive. Contributions range from original discarded material to found objects or fictionalised letters, as well as new work masquerading as past proposals or future projections of sequels, panegyrics or unfinished work. Particpating artists include Pavel Büchler, Brian Catling, Adam Chodzko, Jeremy Deller, Mark Dion, Ruth Ewan, Luca Frei, Dora García, Liam Gillick, Susan Hiller, Karl Holmqvist, Stewart Home, Jonathan Monk, Bridget Penney, Sarah Pierce, Laure Prouvost, Clunie Reid, John Russell, Slavs and Tatars, Lynne Tillman, Mark Titchner, Alison Turnbull, and Eva Weinmayr Laure Prouvost’s film The Wanderer (The Storage), first commissioned and shown at Spike Island, takes a mistranslation of a Kafka novel by Rory Macbeth, as a basis for a film set in a storage unit, which through a process of translations, misreadings and experiments alludes to how objects and archives might be read in an unknown future. These works are shown alongside artists’ books, posters and limited edition prints published by Book Works, and a showreel of images, film, video and sound recordings compiled by Karen Di Franco and James Brook.
Again, A Time Machine is funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and The Henry Moore Foundation.