Bilder der Welt

  'This capacity to see better is the reverse side of mortal danger.' Harun Farocki: Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (Images of the World and the Insctiption of War, 1989)

National Poetry Day 2015

Federico Lorca's 1929 poem as found in Luis Bunuel's My Last Sigh: Cielo azul Campo amarillo Monte azul Campo amarillo Por la llanura desierta Va caminando un olivo Un solo Olivo. Blue sky Yellow field Blue mountain Yellow field On the empty plain Waves an olive tree Just one Olive tree.

Autumn: Love

Slowly perusing my copy of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin's Holy Bible (it's not what it seems), I came across a photograph of two Asian women who are about to kiss. Underneath, a sentence is underlined in red pen: '[But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage …

Shirley Baker: Women, Children and Loitering Men

Among the unrelenting discussion on the consequences of the capitalist production, consumerism and materialist character of today’s world has come an exhibition of understated photographs that deal with issues right from the opposite side of the spectrum. Shirley Baker’s (1932-2014) black and white and colour images of the lives affected by British post-war industrialism bring …

‘I is an other’ or Quietly Immersive World of ‘Splendide Hotel’

Reinforcing the recently discussed notion of the permeable boundary between the real and the imaginary, there has been another work of art probing this territory, installed about a year ago in the Crystal Palace in Madrid. Dominique Gonzalez- Foerster's piece, called Splendide Hotel (2014), occupied space of the 19th-century building in the form of numerous rocking …

From Paris to Yucatan: Crossing Borders

Young Parisian photographer Guillaume Amat has recently completed a series called Open Fields in which he photographed natural and industrial landscapes of his home country while using a mirror placed in the centre of the scenes, resulting in beautifully composed, surreal images: Amat’s concept explores the ‘nature’ of spaces as well as the photographic medium itself. By …

Extracts from Robert Smithson’s essay ‘Incidents of Mirror Travel in the Yucatan’

'The distribution of the squares followed the irregular contours on the ground, and they were placed in a random parallel direction. Bits of earth spilled onto the surfaces, thus sabotaging the perfect reflections of the sky.' 'In the side of a heap of crushed limestone the twelve mirrors were cantilevered in the midst of large …

Piece/Peace for Sunday

Christian Boltanski: Les Bougies P.S.- Boltanski's In the Blink of an Eye is currently on at Cricoteka (Krakow, Poland) in which the French artist creates a site-specific installation 'involv[ing] laying grass and cut flowers over the gallery’s floor' : http://www.news.cricoteka.pl/christian-boltanski-so-quick-tak-szybko/ This way, he stages yet another exploration into the binary of life and death- nature's …