Speaking Volumes: Digital Recommendations

LIGE, Michala Paludan, 2015

This work will be read by artists Joanna Peace and Lauren Printy Currie during Speaking Volumes #2: Artists Kristina Bengtsson and Alberta Whittle in conversation.

LIGE [straight, equal, even] is a special digital anniversary publication – a Festschrift – published on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Women’s suffrage was granted at the same time as voting rights for socially vulnerable people allowing a significant larger group of citizens to participate in democracy.

LIGE celebrates gender equality in the arts based on artistic creation across artistic disciplines. LIGE encompasses a number of works by 21 contemporary artists working within the field of visual art, music, performing arts, literature, and anything in-between.

LIGE is based on three conceptions: to be a digital publication, to focus on contemporary art and to communicate across art forms.


A recommendation by KRISTINA BENGTSSON


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Caroline Bourgeois racconta “Slip of the tongue”, 2015

Punta della Dogana, Venezia, Italy.

An online interview with curator Caroline Bourgeois about the exhibition ‘Slip of the tongue’ (12/04/15-10/01/16), curated by Danh Vo in collaboration with Caroline Bourgeois at Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana.

Caroline Bourgeois

A recommendation by Francesca Zappia


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Carolyn Christov Bakargiev ‘POIESIS OF WORLDING’ lecture, 2013

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
Carolyn Christov Bakargiev lecture ‘Poiesis of worlding’ at the conference/festival ‘WHERE ARE WE GOING, WALT WHITMAN?’ that took place from 12-15 March, 2013 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam

About Poiesis of Worlding:
Bringing together research, art, and various approaches and concerns relating to ecology, artist Ayreen Anastas, author, researcher, organiser of events and exhibitions, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, writer, philosopher and ethologist Vinciane Despret, artist Rene Gabri, artist and rural sociologist Fernando García-Dory and interdisciplinary artist Marcos Lutyens explored collectively what a ‘poiesis of worlding’ could involve. What could be a process of re-apprehending and re-animating worlds which our current systems of knowledge and understanding exclude? And how do such foreclosures relate to some of the most pressing challenges of our time? Departing from a lecture program by playing with predefined lecture protocols and later opening a space for shared doing-thinking, the day’s journey was split into two parts which were sewn together by a collective hypnosis.


A recommendation by Francesca Zappia


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Jenny Munro, Call to Canberra: Speech on Indigenous sovereignty in Australia, 2015


The opportunity for real change, for the reclaiming of our voices, for the reclaiming of the Aboriginal rights struggle is at hand. We have the choice of reclaiming or giving the game away. If we do not make the move now to reclaim it in Canberra there will be much damage done, irreparable damage. This is what was said yesterday at Redfern at the second of three lead-in forums to the Canberra Sit-In, on the 27th.

(Account by Nuclear Worrier)


A recommendation by Helen Johnson


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Coco Solid, aka Jessica Hansel, Speaking at Liquid Architecture 2015: What would a feminist methodology look like? Australia

There are many feminisms, and many speaking for feminism. Instead of looking for answers, or speaking for women, we have some questions for feminism coming from within systems of sonic affect, or using sound as an acoustic mirror for society.


A recommendation by Helen Johnson


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Cathy Wilkes – Turner Prize 2008 Interview, Cathy Wilkes & Torsten Lauschmann

Cathy Wilkes’s installations of objects, readymades and paintings are formally precise and contemplative. Their essentially diaristic and self-reflective forms are composed using a complex and liberated visual language. Her work, whilst in many ways uncompromisingly introspective, is characterized by direct, almost diagrammatic invocations of daily human experience.


A recommendation by Lauren Printy Currie


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Saying Water, Monologue by Roni Horn, 2012

Have you ever stood by a river and stared into the black water? In this video acclaimed artist Roni Horn takes us down by the riverside, performing a powerful 40 minute monologue based on her associations with water, including tales of sex and murder.

Recorded at the Two days art-festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, in May 2012


A recommendation by Marion Ferguson


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More about Speaking Volumes

Speaking Volumes, a project by My Bookcase and GWL is part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts 2016. Participant creatives at this year’s festival have been invited to contribute their lists of recommended texts; texts by women that have played an important role in their life or practice. The Speaking Volumes exhibition celebrates these texts, recently sourced for GWL’s collection, with a bespoke reading room exhibition and a series of In Conversation events during April. For more information please see the Speaking Volumes section of our website here.

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