Options with Nostrils brings together a collection of previously unpublished essays, both theoretical and visual, by artists, curators and a group of post-graduates from the Fine Art program at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, who together founded the Office for the Unknown. The writings investigate notions of the unpredictable and the unknown while looking at ways in which these notions enable a critical view on conditions of art making within the context of the present. Mirroring the process, this volume presents a chaos of ideas. Labyrinthine in structure and outlook, Options with Nostrils aims to destabilize the belief that there is an order of things in response to which the artist holds a decisive position. Because, as Sarat Maharaj has said, “The artist has an unknowability: the ability to unknow.” Featured contributors include Anthony Huberman, Raimundas Malasauskas, Linda Quinlan plus many more.
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Piet Zwart Institute, The Netherlands