A Constructed World is the collective project of Geoff Lowe and Jacqueline Riva, founded in 1993. This bilingual publication brings their complete writings from 2001 to 2018. In forty plus texts A Constructed World discuss the subject matter of their work, other artists work and subjects that seemed prescient and in need of discussion at the time.
A Constructed World (Geoff Lowe & Jacqueline Riva) have an expansive project that incorporates different modes of presentation and address. They have ongoing works such as Explaining contemporary art to live eels
, The Social Contract
and Hobbes Opera
. At times they have formed groups, such as Speech and What Archive, working with artists, curators, writers, an art historian and a philosopher to make transmissions that incorporates speech, conversation, philosophical texts, music and singing.
For ten years they produced Artfan
magazine, their first foray into publishing, followed by the web magazine SPEECH
, and also the publications of Speech and What Archive. They have developed ongoing working relationships with curators that have expand into durational modes of presentation, such as their one-year program of installations and performances at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux
, curated by Charlotte Laubard, a series of performances at La Panacée, Centre de Culture Contemporaine de la Ville de Montpellier
, presented over four months, curated by Sébastien Pluot. With Étienne Bernard they organised the exhibition “Speech Objects” at the Musée de l'Objet, Blois, inviting numerous artists and curators to participate in a changing six-month pogram, ending with a banquet work for sixty participants by Fabien Vallos and Jérémie Gaulin.
A Constructed World's work concerns itself with not-knowing as a shared space, transmission, translation and satisfaction without delay. During their first survey exhibition, at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, they proposed the series Change Forums
, inviting more than thirty guest speakers to discuss the topics—Collectivity, Losers and Failure, Publishing Without Publishers, The Changing Audience For Contemporary Art and Politics and Art.
A Constructed World have had survey exhibitions at Museo d'Arte Contemporania, Villa Croce, Genova; the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne and CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux. They have been commissioned to make performances for solo exhibitions at Cneai
, Pantin, Paris; Spring Workshop, Hong Kong; La Panacée, Centre de Culture Contemporaine de la Ville de Montpellier; Art Space, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers
; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; and Paola Pivi's GRRR JAMMING SQUEAK
, Sculpture International, Rotterdam. Their work has been shown in group exhibitions at Witte de With, Rotterdam; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Emily Harvey Foundation, New York; NUS Centre for the Arts, Singapore; and Foundation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.