• Avoidance-Avoidance

Ash, Jesse, 2018, Book, Avoidance-Avoidance Sternberg Press, Berlin, Germany. ISBN 978-3-95679-428-5 (In Press)

Abstract or Description:

Avoidance-Avoidance is a 200 page colour illustrated book surveying a 4-year art project by the author. The book brings together a project where a play is staged in multiple iterations, each comprising a unique script or ‘act’ and a body of accompanying artworks that function as both autonomous works in a gallery setting and as stage props for a bitter argument between two ex-lovers about the infidelities that lead to their break up.

The book acts as a place where the entirety of a very diverse and disparate project can be encountered by the audience in one place. The Avoidance-Avoidance project was hosted in multiple venues and countries, performed in 4 languages by 8 actors and produced approximately 40 unique works of art by the author. The discipline-specific methods, tools and processes are captured and presented in this book in order to make visible an intersectional research through practice approach to contemporary ideas of transparency.

The book allows the audience to contrast and compare each iteration, through access to annotated scripts, rehearsal documentation and material processes of art making that were all invisible to the audience at each iteration. The book therefore presents a process of reflective thinking and making in order to investigate and generate new ideas of surveillance and transparency, privacy and ‘openness’ in a contemporary context. These ideas include how we perform ourselves, our work, our bodies or our characters publicly and the material, bodily and social processes that are used to enable us to do so and are explicitly addressed in 4 specially commissioned texts / interviews with professionals in the fields of painting, politics, curating and theatre.

The project will reach a wide external audience engaged with contemporary culture, politics and art as it is published by Sternberg press, Berlin which works with global distributive partners MIT Press (USA and Canada), Les Presses du reel (Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, Art Data (UK) and MIT Press TriLiteral LLC (Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, Mexico, South America, Africa, Middle East).

Author of introduction, etc.Coustou, Elsa
Author of dialogsinsel, daniel
Author of dialogPomeranstev, Peter
Author of dialogKabia, Ansou
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W110 Drawing
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W120 Painting
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W130 Sculpture
Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Creative Arts and Design > W800 Imaginative Writing
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Funders: The Royal College of Art, CCA research fund
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 18:12
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 11:48
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4294
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