Devised & chaired seminar: 'The idea as book: The book as idea' at ICA (London) as part of 'Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.' exhibition

  • Karen Sandhu (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


The seminar is a chaired discussion and response to the ICA’s exhibition, Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. Divided into four rooms and spread across three floors, the aim of the exhibition is to allow the viewer to look afresh. The wall paintings of Ian Hamilton Finlay score one wall of a corridor, playing with scale and perspective, whilst in the Lower Gallery the hum of Liliane Lijn’s revolving cylinders transfix the eye. Text-based practice is the crux of the collection and includes Vito Acconci’s performance work represented on paper, Philip Guston’s poem-pictures and Christopher Knowles’s typewriter works. Each artist in their chosen form explores the literary and graphic potential of language, which draws its associations with the concrete poetry movement. However, there is not one book present, only one or two subtle traces of bookwork. The questions raised by the seminar will address the absence of the book in this exhibition.The seminar explores the limitations and the potential of artists’ books with regards to the book as space; the book as self-reflexive; the book as performance; the book as process. The guest panelists and audience draw upon past and present examples of book art, conceptual art and concrete poetry in order to foreground the ever deepening cross-over between these art forms. Panelists involved: Redell Olsen, Allen Fisher, Elizabeth James, Mark Pawson, Kate Gallon and Sharon Kivland.
Period14 Jul 2009
Event typeConference
LocationLondonShow on map