Tony White and King’s College London
Sanja Perovic, King’s College London
The Missing Subject: The Revolutionary Calendar in the art of Stuart Brisley
Tony White’s residency with King’s College London concerned a literary and critical exploration of British artist Stuart Brisley’s overlooked body of work concerned the Revolutionary Calendar. Since 1973 Brisley has been producing work regarding the ten day calendar created by Sylvain Maréchal in 1788 and implemented during the French Revolution between 1793 to 1805.
Working with Brisley and Dr Perovic, author of The Calendar in Revolutionary France, White set out a series of exploratory activities. The project began with a series of ten thematically ordered wide-ranging conversations. This was followed by a critical reframing of Brisely’s archival texts and images, which led to a period of writing and outputs.
One particular outcome of the residency was a text, Into Day One of the Revolutionary Period: A Conversations, that was created by White and Perovic through a collaborative editing and annotating exercise. Printed in pamphlet form it was published by Domo Baal in November 2013. The publication launch coincided with two exhibitions by Brisely at Domo Baal and Mummery+Schnelle. A further edited transcription has been considered.
Other outcomes include The Cenotaph Project & the public sphere, an event and installation at King’s College London. Taking place on the 24th of October 2014 the panel event concerned Brisley’s 1987-91 collaboration with Maya Balcioglu, The Cenotaph Project, and was concluded by a reading from White.
As a byproduct of the residency White was awarded a visiting research fellowship at King’s College London until December 2014 and was given a small commission with London Fieldworks and Resonance FM to test broadcast fictional material in August 2014. White has also be confirmed as a Huffington Post contributor.
He has also published Animate Me a short story launched at PEER in London at a event on the 1st of March 2014. The event included White in discussion with Savinder Bual, Karolina Glusiec and Margaret Salmon.
Dr Perovic has created a new text, Key Words, which explores the shared vocabulary between history and performance, that was published alongside an exhibition of Brisley’s work at the Modern Art Oxford gallery.
Brisley has created a new ten-day live work, Before the Mast, directly responding to Perovic’s book on the revolutionary calendar.
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