Thomas Julier at Tithe Hall Ernen and Youth Club Ernen, July 9 – September 24, 2017 via contemporary art daily

The author must give up on aping genius. Rather show the author as ape, the author as idiot. Don’t have the hubris of being the comedian. You are the straight man in this farce; the universe is the funny man. So don’t be silly, cute, crack jokes, or play coy, but allow hilarity, a cleansing painful laughter that splits your sides and your heart. Follow your own foolishness like tracks upon the sand. – Lars Iyer, Nude in your hot tub, facing the abyss (a literary manifesto after the end of literature and manifestos), The White Review , November 2011

wfw weekend #422

Service No. 5: Dare to Keep Kids Off Naturalism, ADAM LINDER
seen at Kunsthalle Basel
on Saturday, September 9, 2017
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wfw weekend #421

exhibition view from Social SyntheticSETH PRICE
seen at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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THE COMPLETE WISEMAN: PART II (1986-1996), from Wednesday, September 6 to Thursday, September 14 at Film Forum New York

Thomas Nagel. What is it like to be a bat?

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on September 5, 2017
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What is it like to be a bat? is a text by American philosopher THOMAS NAGEL, first published in The Philosophical Review in October 1974.

In it, NAGEL explains how we can try to imagine what being a bat would be like (e.g., using sonar, sleeping upside down, eating bugs) but we can only get as far as imagining what it would be like for us to behave as a bat behaves and not how the bat truly experiences its experiences. NAGEL’s ‘subjective character of experience’ is the idea that if an organism has conscious mental states, then there is something that it is like to be that organism. Essentially, each organism has a unique subjective perspective and conscious experience that is only comprehensible from the organism’s point of view.

The entire text is available online via

one pic monday. Mark Leckey

He Thrusts his Fists against the Posts but Still Insists he Sees the Ghosts, 2017
installation view at Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
image courtesy of Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

For the x-room venue at Statens Museum for Kunst MARK LECKEY has recreated the bridge and ramps where he and his friends hung out in the early 1970s. The total installation involves not only a giant phantom bridge awash with sodium lights, but also peeling posters and a new audio piece embedding the entire installation in an immersive soundscape. The sound piece is reminiscent of a cross between a lecture, a radio broadcast, an autobiographical narrative and a DJ set. It is made out of audio samples that span four decades, live recordings, historical facts and LECKEY’s own reflections and thoughts.*

He Thrusts his Fists against the Posts but Still Insists he Sees the Ghosts by MARK LECKEY is on view at Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen until 29 October. More images are available via

*pruned press release

Seth Price. Redistribution

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on August 23, 2017
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Redistribution (2007-ongoing) is a video by SETH PRICE who uses images of an artist’s talk on his own work and translates it into a video that he manipulates and updates every time it is exhibited.

The lecture format itself is the first act of redistribution, translating years of work into words and slides. PRICE then reworks the material, introducing diversions, enigmatic images and gaps between the verbal and the visual.

Redistribution (2007-ongoing) is currently on view at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Social Synthetic by SETH PRICE is running through September 3, 2017. Note also that the entire video transcript of this work is available online here.

Aveek Sen in conversation with Moyra Davey (via Skype), Reading and Low-Hanging Fruit, December 2016

wfw weekend #420

Leticia Jones & Rosa Mumu (2016), LUTZ BACHER
seen at Kunsthalle Bern
on Friday, August 11, 2017
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wfw weekend #419

Sensitive Speed Beast, LEON HÖLLHUMER
seen at Milieu, Bern
on Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Saâdane Afif, The Fountain Archives, 2008 – ongoing,

one pic tuesday. Lutz Bacher

Untitled, 2017
installation view at 3320 18th St, San Francisco

Untitled (2017) is a work by LUTZ BACHER that is on view on the second floor of 3320 18th St. in San Francisco until September 17, 2017 according to artnews.

The installation consists of a paper coursing through the gallery’s walls. The approximatively 35 meters long work features a sort of graphic visualization reminiscent of a seismometer reading from a catastrophic earthquake. The zig-zag trace has been shaped with the official yet amplified signature of DONALD TRUMP.

A signature is a designed artefact about identity. One’s unique autograph can even be used as logo—the ultimate expression and validation of authorship which is at the core of LUTZ BACHER‘s practice and approach.

David Hanes. wfw aware #45

Aware: Bottle Man (Suavely) (2017), VALENTIN CARRON
presented at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
shot on June 10, 2017, altered on July 27, 2017 by DAVID HANES*
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*DAVID HANES lives and works in Berlin. He is represented by Birch Contemporary, Toronto.

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Lawrence Weiner, That was the trouble with Aristotle, 2010