Notes on Symposium Surface Value:Locating Conditions, Reading

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year


Speaker Simon Willems:

-Dick Bengtston

  • patterns
  • curving up space
  • second hand images (template)
  • impersonal nature of their process
  • express reality (it is what its not to be)
  • healthy community

‘Hot and Cap Factory’, ‘Kymala Prison’

  • artwork as a stable object
  • swastika-changes it’s meaning

How art can acquire value?Complex entities- in rough the material of the artwork


Speaker Kirsten Cooke

‘The Pervet’s guide to exhibition making”-read

‘Cinematic Atopia’ (Robert Smithson)

-void within reality

The Arocity Exhibition (2014)JG Ballard

pornography – isolation of the image/object from the context in time and space

‘This obsession with the specific activity of the quantified functions is what science shares with pornography’

-projecting their images on to the world

Lindsey Seers, Extramission 6 (Black Maria), 2009

  • Craw , High Price

– not extracted from the art market

-always a leftover value

  • In contract the is the value of time etc

Robert Smithson, The Collected Writings

  • Curator as Author

-Daniel Buren-‘exhibition of the exhibitions as a work of art’

-the value as an exhibition

  • Curator as Facilitator

-Tertiary – towards the audience

‘Society as the Spectade (1967)

  • Curator as Educator

-Exhibition as knowledge

‘Kwarts Kapital Konstruction Kollider’ (2014)



How To value in the Contemporary?

as an institutional object for thought

Speaker John Chilver

‘Rehearsals for interruptions of immanence ‘






Cai Guo-Qiang

Related Artists

He is a Chinese contemporary artist who focuses on environmental disasters.

I want to highlight two installations by him: ‘The Bund Without us’ and ‘Silent Ink’.

‘Silent Ink’, 2014

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‘The show is titled “The Ninth Wave,” after an oil painting from 1850 by the Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky, which depicts human survivors clinging to the wreckage of a sailing ship in a storm-tossed sea. While this work suggests man’s helplessness in the face of nature’s relentless power, Cai’s exhibit suggests an ironic thematic reversal: nature’s state of helplessness in the face of modern man’s relentless, Promethean drive to progress.’

‘The Bund Without us’


His works include the traditionalism of Chinese culture with the realization of Industrial China, through traditional naturalist imagery within his installations.

Data Research 2

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year

These data also illustrates the number of natural disasters around Earth. This was created by John Nelson, who is the designer and works with maps.

But I was also mesmerized by the aesthetics of these graphs, which led me to the idea of experimenting with Art Maps.

The Graphs and data are from these sites:

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