The Halifax Conference

The Halifax Conference
Author: Craig Leonard, Jeff Khonsary (eds.)
Publisher: New Documents
Language: English
Pages: 176
Size: 21 x 13.5 cm
Weight: 402 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9781927354322
Availability: In stock
Price: €17.95
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The Halifax Conference presents a transcript of a conference held at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design on October 5–6, 1970, transcribed and adapted by artist Craig Leonard.

Organized by Seth Siegelaub, the Conference was conceived as a means of bringing about a “meeting of artists…[from] diverse art making experiences and art positions…in as general a situation as possible.” Infamously, the conference was held in the college’s boardroom, while students and other interested parties watched the proceedings on a video monitor in a separate space. The result was a conversation that devolved—technologically and ideologically—into a quasi-tragicomic farce, punctuated by remarkable moments of rupture initiated by activist resistance to the Conference from the outside and dissenting voices from within.

Attendees at the Conference included Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Ronald Bladen, Daniel Buren, Gene Davis, Jan Dibbets, Al Held, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Robert Murray, N.E.Thing Co. (Iain and Ingrid Baxter), Richard Serra, Richard Smith, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, and Lawrence Weiner.

Edited by Jeff Khonsary

12 × 19 cm
184 Pages, Soft Cover
ISBN: 978-1-927354-32-2
First Edition (2019)