Vanessa Joan Müller & Cristina Ricupero (Eds.)
New Ways of Doing Nothing, a group exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien (2014), devoted itself to artistic works that oppose activity. Questioning the “status quo” by a refusal to participate, the group proposed a politics of radical passivity towards creating space for liberated thought to exist. A major influence for the exhibition is the titular character of Hermann Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street. The exhibition catalog, produced in black-and-white plus one color, presents itself as both source book and reader. It begins with a traditional display of individual works by over 20 artists—from Karl Holmqvist and Claire Fontaine collective to Robert Breer and Superflex—then breaks into a layered curatorial conversation and collage of reprinted text pages and excerpts introducing those artists and thinkers who, in the words of Bartleby, “prefer not to.” Selected texts by Giorgio Agamben, Giles Deleuze, Julius Gavroche, Paul Lafargue, Tereza Stejskalová and others.
8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in. / 144 pp / 46 b&w
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KUNSTHALLE WIEN, VIENNA