The Reading Room, 2010-12
Curatorial project (co-curated with ︎︎︎Dominque Hurth): library, exhibitions and events,
with various invited artists & writers

At Flutgraben Berlin, Grand Union Birmingham,
Oranienstrasse Berlin, and various other temporary sites
The Reading Room was a project that had the aim of maintaining, archiving and representing products of contemporary art practices evolving within printed and published formats. The Reading Room was a curated selection of over 75 artist’s publications (books, zines, magazines and newspapers) and related projects (such as fold-out posters or published audio projects), from a range of internationally based artists, both established and emerging.

In addition to the traditionally known artist-made books, artist monographs or exhibition catalogues, the published format itself is today regularly viewed as a primary site for an artist’s engagement. While often considered as secondary to the more prevalent presentation space of the gallery, the act of publishing has developed itself into a self-contained and highly resonant method of artistic expression. The Reading Room focused on the publication utilised as medium and context for art practices, in which the artists choose deliberately and critically to engage with the format, using its materiality, edges and frame as tools for both visual and semantic communication.

The project manifested itself most notably in Flutgraben studio complex and art-space in Berlin, Germany, as well as in Grand Union gallery in Birmingham, UK. It also had a short presence in an apartment-space gallery in Berlin, during a series of related artist talks and performances in Flutgraben Berlin, and in the form of one-off presentations during various events in Berlin, Dublin and Paris.
Travelogue Art Zine
A4 digitally-printed publication series
and parallel online editions,
with various invited artists & writers

Travelogue Art Zine was an publication that gave prevalence to the developing, fragmentary, and indeterminate in art practice: on-going research, sketches, fragments of writing, notes and documentation, developing ideas and essays. It recognised the particular energy of that fluid stage of research and experimentation, devoid of conclusive imperatives. Simultaneously, it acknowledged the disorientation and tension that exists before resolution; and the fearful possibility of actions remaining as a rehearsal for a never-arriving event. 

There were three thematic issues of Travelogue Art Zine, inviting contributions from numerous artists and writers from Ireland, the UK, Sweden, France, Australia and Germany, including Dominique Hurth, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Denis McNulty, Uli Westphal, Sarah Browne, and Stephen Brandes.

It was available in various art galleries and art-related bookstores, via mail-order, and in online editions. In 2010 Travelogue Art Zine contributed to the THANKS FOR SHARING! event on art zines at ︎︎︎D21 Kunstraum in Leipzig, curated by ︎︎︎Regina Ehleiter.


Sweet Futures (Artist: Sarah Browne), 2007
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Hedge School (Artist: Glenn Loughran), 2006
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Forgotten Zine Archive (Various publishers), 2004-2007
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