Today, I am in the process of weaving a ‘book’ object with the work of Alexis Gautier. A slow weaving,… that speaks of a very different tempo, conjuring up a sense of spaciousness and possibility, with the intention not only to encourage other paces of engagement, but also to inspire and imagine the pursuit of a more holistic way of knowing oneself, encountering others, sharing knowledges and experiences, as well as evolving together toward harmonious and resilient forms of living. Editing does not exist through cuts but through movement, slow movement in which time becomes space and space becomes time. An arrow’s time, an arrow’s space.
The publication is co-produced by CIAP, Museum M (Leuven) and Track Report (Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp) on the occassion of Gautier’s show at M (17.09.21-20.03.22) and his upcoming project CIAP (May 2022).
The edition departs from the idea of a chaffeuse — a household item used to warm up one’s bed. After being heated up in an oven, the edition can be wrapped up in the pouch and held close to the body to transmit heat. The coal residue present in the bricks accelerates the baking process and accounts for the unique texture of the ceramics. Each piece is unique — if you would like to choose your brick personally, you are welcome to make an appointment and visit us at C-mine.
The publications will be available for shipment by the end of April.
All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film is a narrative assemblage of prose and image. At once historical, theoretical and personal, the book continues the authors’ inquiry into the curious presence of taxonomies of monsters at the heart of Early Modern European science. The word ‘monster’ comes from the Latin ‘monstrare’, meaning ‘to show’, ‘to demonstrate’, ‘to reveal’. Picking up on this etymology, the authors explore monsters as prisms for modes of seeing and deciphering the natural world. When treated as perceptual apparatus, the monster also becomes a means of probing the medium of film and its relationship to indexicality, chance, corporeality, and metamorphosis.
This book extends a multimedia project the authors began with their film A Demonstration (2020). The film’s underlying modular formal structure is here reconfigured and brought into new relations specific to the book as a medium. The book is designed by Christophe Clarijs, co-produced by CIAP, and published by Sonic Acts – an interdisciplinary art organisation based in Amsterdam.