On Perfection

An Artists' Symposium

Edited by Jo Longhurst

Edited by Jo Longhurst

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

396 pages | 100 color plates | 9 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $85.50 ISBN: 9781841507101 Published October 2013
Based on a 2012 symposium on Perfection, held at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London, this book explores the ways in which artists engage with ideas of perfection, drawing on screenings, performances, and discussions. The symposium featured the work of an eclectic group of artists and writers, who use photographic lenses of many kinds to create works that engage with or disrupt ideas of perfection. Framed from an artist’s perspective and spanning a diverse range of artworks that question how these ideas shape our personal identities and our social and political systems, On Perfection considers the multifaceted nature of lens-based practices.

Contents

INTRODUCTION

JO LONGHURST

FOREWORD

ALFREDO CRAMEROTTI

A NOTE FROM OUR SPONSOR

ROBERT HISCOX

DESPOILING THE IDEAL

EVA STENRAM

ON PERFECTION & AFFIRMATION IN STREET PHOTOGRPAHY

MARK DURDEN

LEADING PLATO INTO THE DARKROOM

CLIVE CAVEAUX

FAILURE & PERFECTION: FILM WORKS BY JULIAN ROSEFELDT

JULIAN ROSEFELDT

CLIVE CAVEAUX & JULIAN ROSEFELDT DISCUSSION

CHAIRED BY LIAM DEVLIN

THE EFFORT OF PERFECTION: PERFORMING ADOLECSENCE

CATHERINE GRANT

OTHER SPACES: NEW WORKS WITH ELITE GYMNISTS

JO LONGHURST

A PERFECT MYTH

RAY MÜLLER, DIRECTOR OF THE WONDERFUL HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL, IN CONVERSATION WITH CERI HIGGINS

ERNST JÜNGER & POST-HUMAN PERFECTION

DAVID EVANS

SEEING THROUGH

FRANCETTE PACTEAU

BOUNDARY LINES

LESLIE DICK, WITH AUDREY WOLLEN

PERFECTING DESIRE: RECONCILING MEMORY

JONATHON WHITEHALL

A PERFECT STRIKE: DOUBLE STANDARDS & ATTACKS ON PERFECTION

MICHAL HEIMAN

JONATHAN WHITEHALL & MICHAL HEIMAN DISCUSSION

CHAIRED BY LIAM DEVLIN

THE PERFECT STUDENT

ORIANA FOX

ZIDANE: A 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT, A FILM BY DOUGLAS GORDON & PHILIPPE PARRENO

DAN HILL

EREWHON

JANE AND LOUISE WILSON

DECONSTRUCTING GENDER IDENTITY & NON–PERFECTION IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF YURIE NAGASHIMA

MARCO BOHR

LOUISE WILSON & MARCO BOHR DISCUSSION

CHAIRED BY MARK DURDEN

ABSTRACTS & BIOGRAPHIES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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