bloc projects


Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau & Ross Jardine – Radio Anti

  • Adam James
  • Collette Rayner
  • Jonathan Hoskins
  • Stephen Wright
  • Lt Col Laurence Quinn
  • Keller Easterling

Friday 04 December 2015

Radio Anti (Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau & Ross Jardine) present present an an evening of talks, performances and music from the Bloc Projects gallery, as part of newly commissioned live broadcast The Map is the Terrirtory.

The broadcast explores the transition of ideas into concrete phenomena by looking at the relationship between map and territory, object and representation, and drawing on concepts such as indexical geography and 1:1 scale mapping in the writings of Jorges Luis Borges, Keller Easterling and Stephen Wright. The event extends de Kersaint Giraudeau and Jardine’s interest in how places are understood through mapping, how mapping might be a kind of place making.

Structured as a number of short presentations, performances and talks by a range of invited speakers, the event will include a number of  breaks with the opportunity for drinks and conversation with the artists and speakers and guests in the adjacent courtyard. Guests are invited to watch individual segments or stay for the full broadcast.

The event will feature Keller Easterling | Jonathan Hoskins | Adam James |Lt Col Laurence Quinn | Collette Rayner |Stephen Wright.

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Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films. His work addresses abject materials, negative affective states, and the ambiguities of language and objects. Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau was an Associate of Open School East, 2013-2014. He runs The Bad Vibes Club, which is a research project into Morbid Ethics, writes a blog about art and ideas at ashortdescriptionofmypoo and collaborates with Ben Jeans Houghton as the ARKA group. He lives and works in London and is represented by Space in Between.

Ross Jardine was born in Epsom. He uses a research-based approach to examine the relationship between landscape and individual/collective action. Outcomes are often presented as performative actions recorded by photographs and videos. Recent exhibitions include: Heritage is a Bogus History, And/Or Gallery; Platform: In the Making, Site Gallery; and Les Télévisions, French Riviera Gallery.

Find out more about Radio Anti here.

Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Quinn MBE is an infrastructure specialist in the British Army. He is also a chartered civil engineer and in his 32 year career has been on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and the Middle East. In 2015 he was the senior UK infrastructure in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK.

Stephen Wright is a theorist, writer, curator, and independent researcher invested in theoretical alternatives to the current capitalist framework of the contemporary art world. Wright’s curated projects include: Rumour as Media, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, 2006; Dataesthetics, Gallery Nova, Zagreb, 2006; In Absentia, Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest, 2005; and The Future of the Reciprocal Readymade, Apexart, New York, 2004. He is on the editorial advisory committee of the journal Third Text and has held positions as Programme Director at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris and corresponding editor of Parachute magazine. Wright lives and works in Paris.

Jonathan Hoskins is a visual artist and writer living in London. Recent work includes texts, performances and social projects with Open School East, The Harris Museum (Preston), Birkbeck Arts Week, PEER Gallery, CAST (Helston, Cornwall) and MoMA PS1.

Collette Rayner (b. St Andrews,1990) is a visual artist living in Glasgow. In 2015 she was selected as a resident for Standpoint Futures, presenting a series of new writings in conversation and open discussion with Andrea Francke and in 2014 was selected for Collective’s Satellites Programme, producing solo show, Access as Idiot Distraction at Collective, Edinburgh. Previously she has participated collaboratively for ‘Here, Right Now: Art Writing Readings’, Curated by Maria Fusco in Collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art (2014) and in a 12 Hour Critical Writing Residency as part of ‘Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaboration in Scotland’, Cooper Gallery, Dundee.

Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and Professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity. Another recent book, Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999).

Adam James, (b. Birmingham, UK), has been performing, running Larps and exhibiting nationally and internationally since 2007 at programmes such as The Artist and the City (Stoke on Trent), Knutpunkt (Sweden), LUPA (London), V22 Summer Club (London) and at spaces such as the Jerwood Space (London), ICA (London), Tate Britain (London), W139 (Amsterdam), Legion­TV (London), Siobhan Davies Dance (London), Vitrine Gallery (London). He has recently been awarded the Artsadmin Bursary, a series of Arts Council England grants and is currently on a one year residency at Tate Learning.