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Again, A Time Machine - Final Part: Sarah Pierce, Opening Tuesday 17 April, 2012
17 April 2012

Sarah Pierce The Artist Talks
Jonathan Monk
Dora García
Make the Living Look Dead
The Happy Hypocrite
Opening 17 April 6.30–8.30pm
18 April to 2 June 2012
Wednesday to Saturday 12–6pm

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London
NW8 8PQ
Tel. 020 7724 4300
www.theshowroom.org

The Artist Talks is an exhibition of new work by Dublin-based artist Sarah Pierce, co-commissioned by Book Works and The Showroom. It is the final part of a year-long project undertaken by the artist as part of Book Works’ tour of new commissions and archival presentations, Again, A Time Machine.

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Sarah Pierce’s The Artist Talks, co-commissioned by Book Works and The Showroom for Again, A Time Machine, extracts and fabricates the momentary gestures, fleeting asides, verbal punctums and playful interruptions that often disturb the conviction of an apparent ‘finished’ work or the flow of a prepared speech. Pierce repositions the convention of the artist’s talk as an open system with the potential to disturb or re-invent past artworks and received ideas. Using new video work, photographs, sculpture and performance, the exhibition contains a range of material and references that open up the relation between speech and archives. A stage is the setting for a choreographed ‘artist talk’, which has been developed as a group performance in collaboration with art students and uses fragments and gestures from past artworks. An arrangement of props, objects, video and photographs will frame the event with material that includes a film of students describing uncompleted artworks, and a set of small clay studies based on the unsigned sculptures that became known as ‘unknown Rodin’s’.

The Artist Talks is joined by work from previous stages of Again, A Time Machine, including live readings from All the Stories by Dora García, Jonathan Monk’s A Poster Project, Book Works’ moving image and sound archive compiled by Karen Di Franco and James Brook, and Make the Living Look Dead, a fictional archive of material formed by interventions and additions by a selection of Book Works’ artists.