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Of Other SpacesWhere Does Gesture Become Event?

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Stemming from the namesake exhibition program at Cooper Gallery, Of Other Spaces draws on women artists' activism from the 1970s to the present day to build a reflection on feminist thinking as a provocative and cogent mode of creative and critical inquiry.
Resonating with the ethos of open dialogue and the experimentation of women artists' collectives in the 1970s and 1980s, Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? constructs a dynamic, open, and collaborative arena that foregrounds practices of resistance, collectivity, and self-organization. Highlighting the inherent seditiousness that animates feminist thinking, the book seeks out the lodestone of a volatile politics that calls for and instigates urgent alternatives to the cultural, political, and economic machineries of power that haunt this world. Contributors include seminal women thinkers, writers, and artists.

"Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? commemorates and continues two events that brought together women's voices in art and thought through an exhibition and a symposium. Radical time and radical space meet here. Citing the spirit of feminist collectives in the 1970s, the 12-Hour Action Group International Symposium celebrated a fluid, shifting, and nonchronological present tense that could engage with the public space of exhibition making as a site for critical inquiry and political contestation. This collection of ideas makes an invaluable contribution to feminist aesthetics while also documenting important but ephemeral moments of performance and dialogue between women." —Laura Mulvey

"I would say, without doubt, 'Of Other Spaces' was the most important exhibition of art informed by feminism that I have participated in since the 1980s. Thoughtfully curated with a focus on women artists in the UK, who were also activists in the 1970s, the exhibition traced the reappearance of the past in the present in a way I found extremely timely." —Mary Kelly
Published following the eponymous exhibition cycle at Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, United-Kingdom, from October 28 to December 16, 2016 (Chapter 1), and from January 20 to March 4, 2017 (Chapter 2).
Edited by Sophia Yadong Hao.
Contributions by Anne Bean, James Bell, Laura Edbrook & Sarah Forrest, Rose English, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, Althea Greenan, Margaret Harrison, Sophia Yadong Hao, Susan Hiller, Amelia Jones, Mary Kelly, Alexandra Kokoli, Linder, Kirsty Logan, Katherine Maynell, Lynda Morris, Laura Mulvey, Annabel Nicolson, Adele Patrick, Cullinan Richards, Su Richardson, Monica Ross, Hannah O'Shea, Catherine Spencer, Georgina Starr, 12, Marina Vishmidt.

Graphic design: Identity.

published in December 2019
English edition
13,5 x 21 cm (softcover)
224 pages (40 color & 20 b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-95679-378-3
EAN : 9783956793783
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