THE PURE AWARENESS OF ABSOLUTE ART Ian Wilson

Published by Haubrok Foundation, Berlin, 2013, card, 15,5 × 11.5 cm, English

Price: €25

Ian Wilson has been exploring spoken language as an art form since 1968. He has described his own work as “oral communication” and later as “discussion”. At Wilson’s own request, his work is neither filmed nor recorded, thereby preserving the transient nature of the spoken word. On April 28, 2013 a discussion, based on the topic of The Absolute in Art, took place at the Haubrok Foundation, Berlin.

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THE PURE AWARENESS OF ABSOLUTE ART Ian Wilson

Published by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2017, card, 15,5 × 11.5 cm, English

Price: €25 (Out of stock)

Ian Wilson has been exploring spoken language as an art form since 1968. He has described his own work as “oral communication” and later as “discussion”. At Wilson’s own request, his work is neither filmed nor recorded, thereby preserving the transient nature of the spoken word. A discussion, based on the topic of The Absolute in Art, took place in May 2017 atKW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and reassembled the artist, the director and current staff members of the institution.

#2017 #ephemera #ianwilson #kwinstituteforcontemporaryart
THE DISCUSSIONS Ian Wilson

Published by Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2008, 189 pages, 18.7 × 27 cm, English

Price: €37

Conceptual artist Ian Wilson (1940, Durban, South Africa) has been interested in spoken language as an art form since 1968. At first, he described his own work as ‘oral communication’, and later on as ‘discussion’. At Wilson’s own request, his work is never recorded either as film or audio in order to preserve the transient nature of the spoken word.

During a visit of Wilson to the Van Abbemuseum in 2006, the idea arose to make a catalogue raisonné, containing all of Wilson’s discussions from 1968 until 2008.
Using documentation and the recollection of participants, the fleeting works have been catalogued by researcher Chantal Kleinmeulman.

Designed by Inge Ketelers.

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Section 1, 1971 Ian Wilson

Published by Suzanne & Selman Selvi, Geneva, 2005, unpaginated, 14 × 21.5 cm, English

Price: €95 (Out of stock)

Ian Wilson has been exploring the aesthetic potential of spoken language since the late 1960s. His ongoing body of work—beginning with “oral communication” and eventually including his signature Discussions—began in 1968 with the spoken word “time”.

Over the course of the 1970s, his discussions took on a more formal character, and his interests shifted towards ‘The Known and Unknown’, based on Plato’s ‘The Parmenides’. In contrast to a ‘performance’, during a discussion the audience can actively take part in realising the concept of ‘oral communication’. Wilson does not want the discussion to be recorded either on film or audio. Wilson summarises the core of these discussions in a book series entitled ‘section’.

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Section 34, 2nd Set, 1983 Ian Wilson

Published by Art Metropole/David Bellman, Toronto, 1984, unpaginated, 14 × 21.5 cm, English

Price: €20

Ian Wilson has been exploring the aesthetic potential of spoken language since the late 1960s. His ongoing body of work—beginning with “oral communication” and eventually including his signature Discussions—began in 1968 with the spoken word “time”.

Over the course of the 1970s, his discussions took on a more formal character, and his interests shifted towards ‘The Known and Unknown’, based on Plato’s ‘The Parmenides’. In contrast to a ‘performance’, during a discussion the audience can actively take part in realising the concept of ‘oral communication’. Wilson does not want the discussion to be recorded either on film or audio. Wilson summarises the core of these discussions in a book series entitled ‘section’.

#1984 #ianwilson
DURCH 12 Maxine Kopsa (Ed.)

Published by Grazer Kunstverein, Graz 2014, 108 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16.5 × 24 cm, English/German

Price: €15

Josef Bauer, Körpergalerie,1974
Dear Trisha Brown – A letter from Robert Wilhite
Dear Mr Christopher Williams – A letter from Robert Wilhite
Nina Beier – In tribute to time spent walking with Will (2013)
Will Holder – Caption card (2014)
Democracy is Empty, A conversation between Doug Ashford and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, originally published in Documents, no.10, Fall 1997, pp. 23-30
Lucky Dime, for Seth Siegelaub by Willem Oorebeek
Thoughts on control by Raivo Puusemp
Jan Mot and Germaine Kruip in discussion about Ian Wilson
A letter to Céline Condorelli by Tyler Coburn
A conversation between Eva Berendes and Doug Ashford
A conversation between Lucy Skaer and Willem Oorebeek
Invited by Tirdad Zolghadr, Marina Noronha’s Curatorial Systems Manifesto (as a response to Mierle Laderman Ukeles)
Céline Condorelli, Three letters to all and no one – strangers, friends, collaborators, allies
Notes on a lunch meeting (with Willem Oorebeek) by Kate Strain
Sarah Browne, Remembering Gray, 2013 – In collaboration with Alice Lyons
Beatrice Gibson, A letter to Axel Wieder (and also implicity to Will Holder)
David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey – A conversation
Victoria Dejaco – Lantern slides

Designed by Marc Hollenstein.

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