Atopolis. (sic), Wiels

Posted in Exhibition catalogue on November 5th, 2015
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This book is published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition produced by the Wiels and curated by Dirk Snauwaert and Charlotte Friling. It held at the Manège de Sury, Mons (European Capital of Culture), from June to October 2015.

This project takes as its starting point the history of Mons and the Borinage, comparing it with the history of the modern age on an international scale, and relating it to the present time through the voices of some twenty artists questioning our times and our environment.

What we generally call “modernity,” that history of multiple conquests targeting control over reality through technology and science, also refers to the exploration through art of the hidden dimensions of our behaviour, our ideas and our subjectivity.

Atopolis proposes to rediscover models of social and cultural utopia developed by personalities from our region, but the exhibition also unveils captivating works created by artists who are watchful and critical of the era of globalisation in which we are living, that of uniform channels of information and free trade, leading both to an unprecedented connectivity and to a loss of frames of reference.

Atopolis, a title which echoes the ideas of Edouard Glissant, a writer who has philosophised about identities and migratory movements, seems an excellent metaphor of our digital era, given the importance it grants to the development of models of cohabiting and coexistence which seem to hark back to the social utopias that have emerged from our region.

This publication is composed of two interdepedent parts: one with the texts of four different authors on all the works at show; the second one with visual and textual elements from the Mundaneum Archives, excerpts of texts of Edouard Glissant, Raoul Vaneigem, Paul Lafargue, a.o., and unpublished material of Allan Sekula on the Borinage.

With Saâdane Afif, Nevin Aladağ, Francis Alÿs, Danai Anesiadou, El Anatsui, Yto Barrada, Huma Bhabha, Vincen Beeckman, Vlassis Caniaris, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Meschac Gaba, Jef Geys, Thomas Hirschhorn, David Medalla, Adrian Melis, Benoit Platéus, Walter Swennen, Diego Tonus, Jack Whitten…

Edited Sébastien Biset and Raphaël Pirenne (sic)

Textes by Jan Baetens, Sébastien Biset, Yves Citton, Charlotte Friling, Raphaël Pirenne, Dirk Snauwaert, Yoann Van Parys, Elvan Zabunyan.



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Never Odd Or Even, volume II. Mariana Castillo Deball. Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14th, 2011
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Never Odd Or Even, volume II. Mariana Castillo Deball.

An anthology of 30 dust jackets of non-existing books. A compilation of 30 titles in one single publication! Join us in this literary journey throughout different topics and subject matters ranging from: unpublished memories, tropical manifestations, intragenealogy, Why the letter E is everywhere?, the taste of truth, the aroma of existence, contemporary ruins, conversations between a cardinal and a roadrunner bird, and more!

Never odd or Even is a project by Mariana Castillo Deball with contributions by Mario Bellatin, Koen Brams, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Santiago da Silva, Tim Etchells, Carla Faesler, Dario Gamboni, Dora García, Moosje Goosen, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pascale Montandon, Irene Kopelman, Adriana Lara, Pablo León de la Barra, Jesse Lerner, Juana Lomeli, Valeria Luiselli, Raimundas Malašauskas, Antoni Muntadas, Sophie Nys, Manuel Raeder, Eran Schaerf and Eva Meyer, Sergio Taborda and Heriberto Yépez

Published on the occasion of the exhibition
Never Odd or Even at Grimmuseum, Berlin
and Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde
curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen and
co-produced by Grimmuseum, Berlin

Published by Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite
Size varies, max. 170 × 240 mm
30 Covers, 24 b/w, 6 color
ISBN 978-3-00-035970-5

D 24€


Gagarin #23

Posted in writing on September 13th, 2011
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Gagarin #23


with contributions by: – Marc Nagtzaam – Title-Track / Second Version / Installation Views / A Hint of Articulation – Fabienne Audéoud – Everything should be said before one actually starts talking… – Christine Meisner – Ausuferung / 1 – Vaast Colson – Desperately trying to be a writer / Pursuing the Tanger tradition – Mekhitar Garabedian – I Remember Nora Karaguezian, May 2011 – Raymond Pettibon – No Title (Liking more the) – Javier Téllez – ARTAUD REMIX – Abraham Cruzvillegas – Autoconstruccion + Index of Artists’ Writings (part 23)

GAGARIN The Artists in their Own Words is a unique and international artists´ magazine that was launched in 2000. Since the exhibition in 2010 it has been an active part of S.M.A.K.´s living collection.

GAGARIN is fully committed to publishing specially written and unpublished texts by artists and is inspired by John Baldessari’s quote: “Talking about art is not art. Speaking can be art but it is not talking about art”.

151 pages
English / Spanish / Dutch

D 17€


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