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The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things: Mark Leckey Curates

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In The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey explores the tenuous boundaries between the virtual and the real, between the ‘dumb’ and the animate. Myth, monstrosity, animism and the articulate are the subjects of this highly original statement on our increasingly technologised world.

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Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey presents the latest in Hayward Touring’s celebrated series of artist-curated exhibitions.

The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things explores the theme of transformative technology, a kind of techno-animism, whereby the inanimate comes to life, and no distinction is drawn between things mental and things material, the sacred and the profane.

Contemporary works of art, mechanical objects, historical material from science and archaeological museums, factory prototypes and imagery from internet sites coexist in the pages of this book, creating ‘a colossal body across time and space’.

Including a text by Mark Leckey, and essays by Dr Alixe Bovey, expert in Medieval History, and Erik Davis, social historian and cultural critic, this vibrant companion to the exhibition brings together innovative thinkers and writers to discuss themes including monstrosity, the power of writing and the boundless power of the internet. 

Foreword by Roger Malbert
Essays by Mark Leckey, Erik Davis and Alixe Bovery

Softcover
104 pages
30.7 x 24 cm
90 colour & b/w ills.
ISBN 978 1 85332 305 8

RRP £17.99 

Designed by John Morgan Studio

 

Erik Davis is a writer, social historian, cultural critic and author of TechGnosis: Myth, Magic & Mysticism in the Age of Information (2004).

Dr Alixe Bovey is lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Her research has been chiefly concerned with pictorial narratives and their cultural and literary context. She presented the BBC television series In Search of Medieval Britain (2008) in which she retraced a series of journeys through Britain in the Middle Ages using the Gough Map.

Mark Leckey, born 1964, was awarded the Turner Prize in 2008. His work has been widely exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, in 2008 and at Le Consortium, Dijon, in 2007. His performances have recently been presented in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, Abrons Arts Center; at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, both in 2009; and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2008.

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