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The 2018 AW&P* Symposium.

RTFM: Artists’ Publications as Instructions, Scores and Manuals



Choral Reading of GENESIS|TERMINUS by Paul Robinson in the Portable Reading Room Leeds Art Gallery 2012.

Friday September 28th 10:00– 16:30
North Room, The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
Admission £5 including coffee and tea, bookable on Eventbrite from September 1st.

The 2018 Artists’ Writing and Publishing Research Centre Symposium explores the role of writing and publication in the development of Instructional and Procedural strategies for making and curating Art.
In his essay accompanying Hans Ulrich Obrist’s instructional project do it! (1993-), Bruce Altschuler suggests that the early conceptual avant-garde were united by two strategies employed at key moments ... the generation of a work by following written instructions, and the insertion of chance in the realization of an artwork. The adoption of instructional strategies generated a wealth of subsequent practices which entwine ideas, forms and contexts in a variety of experimental ways. It is the rich history of Instructional and Procedural art, as manifested in print, performance and making that we will celebrate in a day of presentation, performance and discussion.
For this event AW&P refigure the model of the Symposium to reflect our commitment to practice-led, cross-disciplinary research by moving from the delivery of academic papers to live performance and group creativity – including a “choral” poetry reading, Spatial Listening exercises by Alexander de LIttle and a performative reading by Ami Clark of her Low Animal Spirits and Error-Correction. All the performances will be documented and in addition all generative scores and texts will be published by Wild Pansy Press directly after the symposium and distributed as a copyright-free/Open Source ”toolkit” for reproducing and adapting contributions into further practice.

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* The Artists’ Writings & Publications Research Centre (AW&P) consolidates and develops inter-disciplinary research on modes of critical and theoretical writing, curatorial production, editorial work and the production of text- and book-based art.
Led by Simon Lewandowski, Chris Taylor and Nick Thurston, the Centre considers artists’ publications (from ephemera, journals, ‘zines, artist’s books and websites, to artist-led book series and imprints) alongside artists’ writings (from correspondence, papers, journals, criticism, interviews and statements, to theoretical and fiction writing) as forms of creative practice that can happen in, around or as art.
AW&P’s activities bring together artists, critics, historians, archivists, editors, curators and teachers to share a sustained conversation about research directions in this sub-field of artistic practice.
The Centre is a focus for both emerging and established artists, plus researchers and collaborative groups, engaged with or interested in producing and disseminating art in the overlaps between the cultural fields of art, literature and publishing