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Johan Thom

‘For me, art is always about surplus value. In that sense it is a non-representational activity where one investigates and even creates new possibilities. So it’s about the attempt to look beyond what is already in existence. This is not about making “progress” in an old avante garde sense. Art is more about acknowledging that things are constantly changing and that we do not know what they may become or what exactly they are doing,’

 

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Dr Sharon Morris & Jon Thomson, Slade School of Fine Art

Slade Word/Image Forum presents Off the shelf: performance, film, video, poetry music.  An evening of live events staged by the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, to take place in the Wilkins North and South Cloisters plus the Old Refectory at UCL’s Gower Street Campus, 22 March 2010, 6.00-10.30p.m.

Taking as its theme a re-examination of the Small Press Collection of rare magazines housed at UCL, this event will give you the chance to engage with the spirit of the alternative ‘avant-garde’ press, re-visiting early texts that straddle the divide between art and poetry — including artists and writers Vito Acconci, Sol Le Witt, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Derek Jarman and Bob Cobbing. These texts will be explored through various forms of performance and accompanied by film, video and documentation of the period.

The evening will also stage new creative works by contemporary visual artists, writers and musicians, exploring the interaction between words and images and a ‘speaker’s corner’ with short talks by members of the Slade Word/Image Research Forum.  This is one of a series of public events planned by the forum for 2009-2011.

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