I looked in my wallet and all I could find was paper, plastic, metal, clay, tin, silk, leather, veneer, gold, silver, bronze, wool, salt, perspex, polyester, cotton, nickel, wood, propaganda, lost ideologies, nationalisms, localisms, globalisms, wishes, trust, rust...
London based artist Carlos Noronha Feio has been building a collection of alternative currencies for several years and presents a selection of these in all four of our cabinets. Many pieces in the collection are not in fact legal tender, yet they function as a means of payment in their mutual acceptance by exchanging parties. There are examples of how currency, widely distributed and unavoidable in everyday life, was used as a powerful form of propaganda with depictions of political power and aspirations printed on them. This can be seen in some of the Notgelds, which translated means emergency currency. Thousands of these were produced in Germany, Austria and many other countries after the widespread destruction of World War 1.
Thought-provoking and richly visual, Nature Morte brings together, for the first time, the poignant, provocative re-imaginings of the traditional still life by over 180 international contemporary artists. This visually stunning and timely book reveals how leading artists of the 21st century are reinvigorating the still life, a genre previously synonymous with the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Old Masters. Michael Petrys careful selection celebrates works by emerging and established artists alike, from all over the globe, including John Currin, Elmgreen & Dragset, Robert Gober, Renata Hegyi, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, Beatriz Milhazes, Gabriel Orozco, Elizabeth Peyton, Marc Quinn, Gerhard Richter, Sam Taylor-Wood and Ai Wei Wei. Short and compelling introductions begin each chapter and are followed by dramatic, visually led spreads that pair each work with a perceptive reading of its significance to the still-life tradition. Petrys engaging, provocative text reveals how contemporary practitioners are revisiting the major motifs of the still life and translating them for the modern world. Petry explores the timeless themes of life, death and the irrevocable passing of time in these new works for our modern world; artworks that invite us to pause and reconsider what it means to be human.
The Modern Language Experiment presents Sudo Document
Current lecture programme for August - September 2012
31st August - Mark Jackson 6.30 – 8pm
8th September – Cedar Lewisohn 3 – 4pm
15th September – Carlos Noronha Feio 3 – 4.30pm
TBC - Ami Clarke 6.30 – 8pm
artists:Adelina Lopes, Alexandre Estrela, André Cepeda, André Gomes, Ângela Ferreira, Carlos Noronha Feio,
Catarina Campino, Daniel Blaufuks, Daniel Malhão, Duarte Amaral Neto, Duarte Belo, Edgar Martins,
Eurico Lino Vale, Filipa Cesar, Joana Pimentel, João Leonardo, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, João Onofre,
João Paulo Serafim, João Pedro Vale, João Serra, João Tabarra, José Carlos Teixeira, Luís Palma, Manuela Marques,
Mariana Viegas, Miguel Soares, Noé Sendas, Nuno Cera, Paulo Catrica, Pedro Diniz Reis, Rita Magalhaes,
Rui Calçada Bastos, Rui Toscano, Samuel Rama e Vasco Araújo.