Critical Texts

A series of critical texts have been commissioned in response to some of the Landscape, Cities, People exhibitions and residencies. Critical texts were identified within the partnership as a strand of activity that each partner wanted to develop. Where possible they were translated in to all three languages.

In addition to producing text pieces, Fabrica has piloted short films as critical texts, as this format can be more accessible and interesting. There are questions about how these are made multi-lingual, though this will be explored in future projects. All texts are available to download below.

Chipka
Commissioned by Netwerk. They asked Fabrica to find a writer in Brighton who would like to contribute to their publication Chipka, whaich accompanied the exhibition of the same name. After putting out an open call Brighton-based writer James Burt was selected.
Chipka – critical text

Making it up as we go along
Written by Rosemary Shirley, commissioned by Aspex as a response to their summer 2010 exhibition RSVP.
Making it up as we go along
Making it up as we go along (French)
Making it up as we go along (Dutch)

The Tight-rope Walkers
Written by Emilie Ovaere, translated by Tony Coates. Commissioned by la malterie, August 2010.
The Tight-rope Walkers (English)
The Tight-rope Walkers (French)

Sau Hua Kuan
This booklet/critical text was produced by la malterie during the residency of Sau Hau Kuan and written by Coline Milliard an art writer based in London.
Sau Hau Kuan – critical text (includes a French and English translation)

Matthieu Husser’s Entropic Monuments
Written by Guillaume Mansart and translated by Coline Milliard in relation to Matthieu Husser’s exhibition at L’H du Siege.
Entropic Monuments (English)
Entropic Monuments (French)
Entropic Monuments (Dutch)

A Sculpture Disappears – John Grade
Written by Célia Charvet, English translation by Coline Milliard, Dutch translation by Michel Perquy. John Grade’s Exhibition La Chasse was at L’H du Siege in January 2011.
A Sculpture Disappears (English and Dutch)
A Sculpture Disappears (French)
La Chasse – Exhibition Programme (French)

The Birth of Forms – Xavier Drong
Written by Karim Ghaddab, English translation by Nathalie Samain, Dutch translation by Michel Perquy. Xavier Drong was in exhibition at L’H du Siege.
Birth of Forms (English and Dutch)
90 Jours – Exhibition Programme (French)

Working Title
Written by Markus Lloyd in response to Working Title, an exhibition at Aspex September 2011.
Working Title

Collective Joy and the Power of the Crowd
Written by John Drury and David Novelli from the University of Sussex School of Psychology. Translations by Taal-Ad-Visie. This text was commissioned by Fabrica in relation to Gathering an exhibition by Melanie Manchot autumn 2011.
Collective Joy and the Power of the Crowd (English)
Collective Joy and the Power of the Crowd (Dutch)
Collective Joy and the Power of the Crowd (French)

The Art of Using up Leftovers – Samuel Coisne
Written by Agnès Violeau, translated by Ellen LeBlond-Schrader. This text was Commissioned by la malterie, October 2011.
The Art of Using up Leftovers – Samuel Coisne (English)
L’art d’accommoder les restes – Samuel Coisne (French)

La Poursuite du Reel
Written by Nadine Descendre, January 2012. This text was commissioned by Netwerk.
La Poursuite du Reel (French)

A Colonial Hauntology: Vincent Meessens’ Vita Nova
Written by T.J. Demos. This text was commissioned by Netwerk in relation to Vita Nova an exhibition by Vincent Meessens, 5 March, 2012.
A Colonial Hauntology: Vincent Meessens’ Vita Nova (English)

Balance of Opposites
Written by Alexandrine Dhainaut, This text was Commissioned by la malterie, March 2012.
Balance of Opposites (English)
Balance of Opposites (French)

Lighting Out the Back Country of Anne Marie ‘O Sullivan’s Cluster Exhibition
Written by Oliver Lowenstein from Fourth Door Review. Translations by Taal-Ad-Visie. This text was commissioned by Fabrica in relation to Cluster an exhibition by Annemarie O’Sullivan summer 2012.
Lighting Out the Back Country of Anne Marie ‘O Sullivan’s Cluster Exhibition (English)
Lighting Out the Back Country of Anne Marie ‘O Sullivan’s Cluster Exhibition (Dutch)
Lighting Out the Back Country of Anne Marie ‘O Sullivan’s Cluster Exhibition (French)

Seas of Dissolution and Revolution
Written by Marius Kwint. This text was commissioned by Aspex as a response to A Hundred Seas Rising the exhibition by Suki Chan, September 2012.
Seas of Dissolution and Revolution

Cascade
This film was made as a visual critical text reflecting on Cascade – an installation by Stéphane Cauchy at Fabrica in 2011.