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Orit Gat is a contributing editor of The White Review. This text is a chapter from a book in progress, a memoir on watching football titled If Anything Happens.

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Three Finals

Essay

September 2020

Orit Gat

Essay

September 2020

1998   In the summer of 2006, at a bar off Odéon, a girl I didn’t know drew a French flag on my cheek...

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Book Review

February 2020

Anna Wiener’s ‘Uncanny Valley’

Orit Gat

Book Review

February 2020

1. SF vs NY   Anna Wiener found herself in the right place at the right time. That is,...

The following conversation was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in May 2012 The event took place almost a year after a performance by the collective JocJonJosch titled Existere at TestBed1, an experimental art space in Battersea, and coincided with the publication of a limited edition artist’s book which sought to engage with the ideas raised by the performance – questions of eroticism, corporeality, collectivity and memory JocJonJosch had decided not to document the performance photographically, preferring to engage with its mnemonic and imagined remnants   Writers and artists were invited to contribute impressions, essays or artworks, in the hope that these would provide an alternative form of documentation to the photographic image What follows also forms part of this fallout, though the aim was to move beyond Existere and to situate some of JocJonJosch’s strategies within the broader context of performance art, particularly in relation to the problems encountered in its documentation The conversation has been edited but a full transcript can be found here   A brief introductory note on the speakers Jo Melvin is a curator, art historian and lecturer Recently she has collaborated on the Barry Flanagan exhibition at Tate Britain (2011) and worked on the important retrospective of the polish artist Tadeusz Kantor at the Sainsbury Centre in East Anglia (2009) David Gothard is a theatre director and former artistic director of Riverside Studios, where he worked closely with Joan Miró, Shuji Tereyama, Samuel Beckett and Tadeusz Kantor, among others John James is a poet and collector His Collected Poems were published by Salt Publishing in 2002 His most recent collection, Cloud Breaking Sun, was published by Oystercatcher Press in 2012 Rye Dag Holmboe is a writer and PhD candidate at University College, London   RYE DAG HOLMBOE: I wanted to start the discussion with an idea that leads on from Existere Jo, I was wondering if you could talk a little about the strategy JocJonJosch deployed, particularly in relation to the question of memory, and discuss how it may relate to  documenting performance art more generally Perhaps you could give us some precedents to the collective’s ideas?   JO MELVIN: Yes Something that I

Contributor

August 2014

Orit Gat

Contributor

August 2014

Orit Gat is a contributing editor of The White Review. This text is a chapter from a book in progress,...


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Book Review

October 2018

James Bridle’s ‘New Dark Age’

Orit Gat

Book Review

October 2018

Halfway through James Bridle’s foreboding, at times terrifying, but ultimately motivating account of our technological present, he recounts a...


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Women and Technology: History is a Cautionary Tale

Book Review

April 2018

Orit Gat

Book Review

April 2018

Few book reviews open with amateur rap, but: ‘back in the day when new media was new,’ goes the first line of a song...
Scroll, Skim, Stare

feature

Issue No. 16

Orit Gat

feature

Issue No. 16

1.   This is an essay about contemporary art that includes no examples. It includes no examples because its subject – artists’ websites, their...
What Can an Art Magazine Be?

feature

Issue No. 10

Orit Gat

feature

Issue No. 10

What can an art magazine be? Today, as the publishing industry reassesses its role in the age of the internet, the pioneering art magazine Metronome provides...

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poetry

January 2015

dear angélica

Angélica Freitas

TR. Hilary Kaplan

poetry

January 2015

dear angélica   dear angélica I can’t make it I got stuck in the elevator between the ninth and...

fiction

November 2016

Somnoproxy

Stuart Evers

fiction

November 2016

The day’s third hotel suite faced westwards across the harbour, its picture window looking down over the boats and...

feature

August 2016

The Place of the Bridge

Jennifer Kabat

feature

August 2016

I.   Look up. A woman tumbles from the sky, her dress billowing around her like a parachute as...

 

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