Event — AA Bronson @ OCA

As a con­tinu­ation of ›Columns, Grot­tos, Niches: The Gram­mar of Forms – On Art Cri­ti­cism, Writ­ing, Pub­lish­ing and Dis­tri­bu­tion,‹ launched in autumn 2009, OCA presents AA Bron­son, a mem­ber of the artists‹ col­lect­ive Gen­er­al Idea (1969 – 94), co-founder of Art Met­ro­pole in Toronto and exec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of New York City’s Prin­ted Mat­ter and the New York Art Book Fair, as a par­ti­cipant in the Inter­na­tion­al Stu­dio Pro­gramme. You’re inviteted to take part in the lec­ture ›AA Bron­son: My Life in Books‹ and/​or in the ‘Queer Zines’ work­shop at OCA.

The cel­eb­rated artists‹ col­lect­ive Gen­er­al Idea pion­eered artist­ic col­lab­or­a­tion in the 1970s and 80s, and became a mod­el for artist-ini­ti­ated activ­it­ies, integ­rat­ing uncon­ven­tion­al formats and lan­guages and address­ing the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Gen­er­al Idea, which in addi­tion to AA Bron­son included Felix Partz and Jorge Zont­al, pro­duced a vast body of work in a large vari­ety of media, includ­ing per­form­ance, install­a­tion, paint­ing, sculp­ture and pho­to­graphy. The group had an extens­ive out­put of low-cost pub­lic­a­tions and mul­tiples, and were pion­eers in video art. After pub­lish­ing FILE magazine (1972 – 89) over a two-year peri­od, Gen­er­al Idea foun­ded Art Met­ro­pole in 1974 as an artist-run archive and dis­tri­bu­tion centre for artists‹ edi­tions and pub­lic­a­tions. Since 2004, AA Bron­son is the Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Prin­ted Mat­ter, a non-profit altern­at­ive art space fore­ground­ing the book as a ven­ue and medi­um for artists‹ pro­jects and ideas. Dur­ing his ISP res­id­ency at OCA, Bron­son presents a lec­ture, a work­shop and a pro­ject focus­ing on DIY pub­lish­ing, FILE magazine and queer zines.

AA Bron­son will present images and reflec­tions on his life in art as seen through pub­lic­a­tions, begin­ning with the under­ground news­pa­pers of the 1960s, and con­tinu­ing with his involve­ment with artists‹ books and peri­od­ic­als from the early 1970s to the present. In par­tic­u­lar, he will focus on his 25 years with the artists‹ group Gen­er­al Idea from 1969 through 1994, when they pro­duced FILE magazine (1972 – 89) and foun­ded Art Met­ro­pole (1974). Bron­son will also offer a nar­rat­ive of his ongo­ing pro­jects, includ­ing the New York Art Book Fair and pub­lish­ing pro­jects at Prin­ted Mat­ter, New York, the non-profit organ­isa­tion that he has dir­ec­ted for the last five years.”
 — OCA

Addi­tion­ally, Tor­pedo Book­shop will present a selec­tion of ori­gin­al FILE magazines and Gen­er­al Idea edi­tions from Torpedo’s archive at Tor­pedo Book­shop on 28 Janu­ary at 19:00 at Haus­manngate 42.

OCA — Office for Con­tem­por­ary Art Nor­way
Nedre gate 7 · 0551 Oslo

Lec­ture ›AA Bron­son: My Life in Books‹
Wed­nes­day, Janu­ary 27th, 2011 at 7 pm

Work­shop ›Queer Zines, Queer Strategies‹
Fri­day, Janu­ary 29th, 2011 from 11 am to 4 pm

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Tor­pedo Book­shop
Haus­manngate 42 · 0551 Oslo

Exhib­i­tion ‘FILE magazine’
Thursday, Janu­ary 28th, 2011 at 7 pm

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