The Visitor Talks : Nick Thurston – Publishing as Praxis

February 17, 2014 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CCS Bard Seminar Room 1

Since 2006 Thurston has been one of three Co-editors of Information as Material (York), a self-publishing collective whose varied output since 2002 has been synonymous with the emergent field of Conceptual Writing. In this talk, he will discuss how, together, we explore a form of co-working that may be described as a ‘praxis of publishing’. With slides, plus examples to hand from the archive of IAM publications recently acquired by the CCS Bard Library, Thurston will talk about anti-normative writing projects by a range of artists whom we’ve supported to self-publish and then about one of their recent exhibitions, Do or DIY (Whitechapel Gallery, London; Laurence Sterne Museum, Coxwold; both 2012). That exhibition included a temporary public reference library and in the final third of this talk he will try to explain why making functioning libraries as installationary art works is one of the things Thurston does, using as examples documentation from my recent solo show, Pretty Brutal Library (& Model Gallery, Leeds, 2013) and one of his works-in-progress, Hate Library.   

Nick Thurston‘s third book, Of the Subcontract, was published in summer 2013. His poetic writings have been anthologised in various collections, including Against Expression (Northwestern UP) and The Unexpected Guest (Liverpool Biennial & A / B Publishing). Commissioned interviews with him and reviews by him for Afterall (London) and BOMB (New York) can be found online. Lengthy critical essays for the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (Intellect) and Writing After Conceptual Art (Toronto UP) will be published later this year. He exhibits internationally and his art works are held in numerous public and private collections, including the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Leeds City Art Gallery and The Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris). Since 2006 he has been a Co-editor of the publishing collective Information as Material (York), with whom he was the 2011-12 Writer in Residence at the Whitechapel Gallery (London). In 2012 he took up an academic post at the University of Leeds, England, and in summer 2014 he will be an Artist in Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin).

This talk is given as part of the lecture series The Visitor Talks : Pre-ambulation and Retrospection.


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