In this month’s issue of Leonardo Reviews I discuss Edgar Wind and Modern Art – In Defence of Marginal Anarchy by Ben Thomas. This publication is in more than one way a timely undertaking. Connecting it to a notion of ‘Marginal Anarchy’ certainly is. Surprisingly this is the first comprehensive study of Wind’s critique of modern art. Find the full review here. Find my contributor page here.
This month I published two articles. For Leonardo Reviews I discussed the excellent Une fille comme toi, a photo novel by Jan Baetens on the art of the photo novel, published by JBE Books. Find my review here. For the French magazine Turbulences Vidéo I reviewed the performance film Nature vive by Hantu (weber + delsaux). The film was made while the duo exhibited at the 3 rue française space of Miss China in Paris and first shown on the site of Mucem. Consult or download the magazine here. The review is… Read More
In this month’s Leonardo Reviews I write about Jacquelyn Baas’s brilliant book on Duchamp and the more than probable influence of tantric practices on his work and thinking. Robbert Maddox-Harle reviewed Jean De Groote’s book to which I contributed a small text. You can find both here.
In this month’s issue of Leonardo Reviews I discuss Curating as Ethics by Jean-Paul Martinon. In an attempt to define these ethics, Martinon introduces the act of ‘curating philosophy’ which I think would possibly have been a better title for his book. Find the full review here.
Yadegar Asisi in front of his panorama. In this month’s Leonardo Reviews I discuss the XXL Panorama-project for the Normandie Impressioniste Festival in Rouen by Yadegar Asisi. Different to other current largescale projections of artists such as Van Gogh or Klimt, Yadegar Asisi, a specialist in panorama painting, has performed in-depth artscience research into the work of Monet and his panorama is the blown-up result of his own painting. Find the full review here.
Wrote another review for Leonardo, this time on Vinciane Despret‘s Habiter en oiseau. In this weird time, listening to birds communicating with each other and the world around them is more important than ever. Read my review here.
Just published – my review of Brian Massumi’s Architectures of the Unforeseen: Essays in the Occurrent Arts. A book that reminded me of making mille-feuille for which the dough has to be stretched and folded back into itself multiple times in order to finally achieve the delicate, fine-layered pastry. Intricate, not straight forward, to be revisited. Find the full review here.
Very glad I managed to read and review Jane Blocker’s Becoming Past on contemporary art history as it is in more than one respect very symbolic in view of my own research as well as my upcoming job and subsequent move. “Rich, irritating and to be played with” as I conclude this review – you can read it here.
Living in times where the sound of birds is rapidly diminishing, we may see Rachel Mundy’s study on bird song, Animal Musicalities – Birds, Beasts, and Evolutionary Listening, to be more than timely. Far from being a simple field guide for recognising predominantly birds (the beasts from the title are hardly mentioned), this is in the first place an extremely rich publication on the evolution of the study of birdsong. What makes it so rich, and at times somewhat confusing, is that Mundy connects this study with various matters of difference and race. The… Read More
It’s been a while, but I am happy to have another review published in Leonardo Reviews. In Powers of Time: Versions of Bergson French philosopher David Lapoujade sets out to construct a portrait of an ‘another’ Bergson, one not solely defined by the three main aspects of his thinking on affect – emotion, sympathy, and attachment. You can find the full review here. Some of my reviews are sometimes re-published in Leonardo. My review of Arts of Living on Damaged Planet was this month published in Volume 52, Issue 1 which you can find here. And finally… Read More