Torrent No. 2

Torrent No. 2

Burger Collection

Source materials collected by Florian Germann as part of ongoing
research for his project Wendigo River National Park, 2013. Courtesy
of the artist. © Florian Germann.
May 8, 2014
Torrent No. 2

a magazine on source materials by artists

Torrent No. 2
With contributions by Muhanned Cader (artist, Columbo), Manuel Cirauqui (curator, New York), Enoch Cheung (artist, Hong Kong), Florian Germann (artist, Switzerland), Roland Lüthi (archivist and artist, Switzerland) and Robert Storr (writer, curator and artist, New York).

Torrent is a magazine focusing on yet unpublished source material by artists stemming from their research archives. To work with archives is to immerse oneself within the complex structure of time. This is particularly true when considering the archives of contemporary artists—the editorial anchor of Torrent—as these assortments are inextricably linked with the ongoing articulation of a practice. Certain bodies of data presented in Torrent could be said to indeterminately ramify, like the metaphysical library evoked in the writing of Jorge Luis Borges, with its endless mirrors and multiplying hallways. While the physicality of the page may provide a familiar ground for the negotiation of images, the interpretive journeys offered are not limited by the characteristics of any single terrain, or predefined route. The transfer of various source materials enables the viewer to test out the possibilities of a process-oriented narrative and find palpable entry points into the kinds of modulations that might materialize as the result of an artist’s handling.

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Published by Burger Collection
Editors: Daniel Kurjaković and Linda Jensen
Design: Philipp Herrmann
English, softcover, illustrations, color & black/white, 18.0 x 24.4 cm, 120 pages.
Wrapped together with supplement Silver Silence/Golden Speech (illusrated, color and black/white, 136 pages)
Price: 20 EUR / 27.95 USD / 17 GBP / HKD 215

Silver Silence/Golden Speech
Torrent No. 2 includes a 136-page supplement titled Silver Silence/Golden Speech with candid conversations on art by some of the most noted artists, writers and cultural practitioners working in Hong Kong today. (All texts in Chinese with English translations.)

The Spirit Wakes in the Night Wind
In line with the launch of Torrent No. 2, Burger Collection’s curator Daniel Kurjaković is to moderate a discussion on art publishing at Asia Art Archive’s Open Platform on May 16, 2014, in Hong Kong. This discussion round will primarily look at the role and function of artist-driven publications, and more generally at the function and present state of critical discursive platforms.

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Participants: Mary Chan (publisher and director, MCCM Creations, Hong Kong), David Elliott (artistic director of the 2014 Biennale of Young Art, Moscow), Hu Fang (fiction writer, co-founder and artistic director of Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, and the Pavilion, Beijing), Charwei Tsai (publisher of Lovely Daze, Taipei), Yeung Yang (writer, curator, and executive director of soundpocket, Hong Kong), Oscar Ho Hing Kay (programme director of the MA programme in cultural management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and independent curator, Hong Kong). 

Burger Collection, Hong Kong, is a private collection of contemporary art curated by Daniel Kurjaković.

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