Exit Ghosts

This feature on Agnieszka Kurant appeared in frieze:  Emergency Exit, 2010, (collaboration with the architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska), fog machines, metal, fans, neons, dimensions variable. Courtesy: National Art Gallery Zacheta, Warsaw; photograph: Maciej Landsberg ‘How does it feel to write about a person of the same name?’ curator Raimundas Malašauskas asked me after I’d complimented him on his idio­syncratic contribution to Agnieszka Kurant’s monograph, Unknown Unknown (2008), which took the form of an interview with a fictional artist also called Agnieszka Kurant. (In fact, Malašauskas has been known to use the name ‘Agnieszka Kurant’ as a pseudonym on occasion.) I related … Continue reading Exit Ghosts

Open House

This piece on the birth of ‘performance architecture’ appeared in frieze: Gordon Matta-Clark, Conical Intersect, 27–29 rue Beaubourg, Paris Biennale, 1975. Courtesy: David Zwirner, New York, and MACBA, Barcelona © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / DACS The annals of every discipline are full of unsuspecting twins somehow hitting upon an idea concurrently and yet independently. One such concept is ‘performance architecture’ – a phrase that started being used at roughly the same time by two different people, both of them practising architects who happened to have a foot in the art world and a particular interest in performance art. Back … Continue reading Open House