'Kiosk' comprises a diverse and illuminating range of artists’ books, periodicals, alternative magazines and audio and video projects. 'Edgar Schmitz' is a project by Liam Gillick conceived as a display for the exhibition. He developed a complex of red wooden structures, which divide the space of the gallery. A projected loop derived from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film Third Generation and put together by Edgar Schmitz plays continually in the space, providing extra light to read by and an activated moment within the space.
Kiosk: ‘Modes of Multiplication'; Liam Gillick: ‘Edgar Schmitz’
Kiosk is a travelling archive of independent publishing projects within the field of contemporary art.
With contributions from more than 250 alternative and self-organised publishing houses, Kiosk comprises a diverse and illuminating range of artists’ books, periodicals, alternative magazines and audio and video projects. First presented in 2001 at Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, Kiosk has since travelled to various public institutions, galleries and artist-run spaces across Europe. Typically taking the form of a reading room or library and reconfigured by a different artist or designer at each new location, Kiosk has continually expanded and metamorphosed with each new venue to which it has travelled.
Kiosk aims to provide an imaginative, broad overview of the possibilities for realising and distributing different forms of artistic practice, in addition to exposing the varying strategies, aims and programmes of the participating publishing houses. Rather than focusing on the individual projects or publications, Kiosk examines how publishers and editors, as well as artists, work within the context and constraints of printed and recorded material.
Kiosk has been organised and compiled by Christoph Keller, founder and former director of Revolver - Archiv fur aktuelle Kunst, a Frankfurt based publishing house which has concentrated on producing artists’ books since 1999. ICA Exhibitions has invited the artist Liam Gillick to develop the display of Kiosk in the Lower Gallery and Concourse and this will be realised in conjunction with the artist Edgar Schmitz.
With special guest appearance by Josh Smith and Christopher Wool.
Edgar Schmitz is an exhibition conceived by British artist and Turner Prize nominee Liam Gillick in response to an invitation from the ICA to create the display for the exhibition Kiosk. Gillick extended this invitation in turn by asking the London-based German artist and writer Edgar Schmitz to collaborate on the creation of the project.
The result is a series of structures that involve strategies of doubling and reversal — the personalisation of the content of an exhibition and an attempt to display an informative archive that is a record of prolific publishing activity. Gillick has made Edgar Schmitz the source of his project at the ICA, referring to him as both the title and the content of the exhibition. By doing this, Gillick echoes the central theme of Kiosk, which is focused on the idea that publications are used by their readers as a source of information they can further apply in different contexts.
Physically connecting his project with Kiosk, Gillick has developed a complex of bright, red wooden structures, which divide the space of the gallery. Each framework can be used both as a place to display the archive and as a place to sit and read. A projected loop derived from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film Third Generation and put together by Edgar Schmitz plays continually in the space, providing extra light to read by and an activated moment within the space. A mutated soundtrack taken from the film plays on specially designed speakers in the Concourse.
To extend this arrangement further, a new work by Christopher Wool, made in collaboration with Josh Smith, acts as a mute sign and announcement of this meeting of strategies.
Opening: December 17
ICA - Lower Gallery
The Mall - London
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