February 13, 2010 - Fillip - Mark Manders: Window with Fake Newspapers
February 13, 2010

Mark Manders: Window with Fake Newspapers

Mark Manders
Floor with Fake Newspapers, 2005 – ongoing

Mark Manders
Window with Fake Newspapers and Traducing Ruddle

February 12 – March 28,


Fillip is pleased to announce a new publication and site-specific installation by Dutch artist Mark Manders.

Co-published by Fillip Editions and Roma Publications, Amsterdam, Traducing Ruddle is the fifth in a series of “fake” newspapers by Mark Manders. Using a nonsensical combination of English words, Traducing Ruddle creates a pretense of legibility that dissolves upon closer inspection. The newspaper is supplemented by Two Connected Houses, a 48 page insert developed in conjunction with the exhibition Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Manders’ newspaper will be distributed for free through a half dozen newspaper boxes in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside during the months of February and March. Outside of Vancouver, Traducing Ruddle is available for purchase directly from Fillip through Paypal, as well as from Roma Publications, Amsterdam, and Motto Distribution, Berlin. Subscribers to Fillip magazine will receive Manders’ publication free of charge.

Sheets from Manders’ Traducing Ruddle form the central element of the artist’s Window with Fake Newspapers project, a site-specific public work on view through March 28th. Commissioned by Fillip in collaboration with the City of Vancouver, Window with Fake Newspapers occupies the façade of 20 East Hastings Street, Vancouver—the former location of The Only Sea Foods, which operated as a restaurant since 1916 until it was closed this past summer due to health and drug infractions. In stark contrast to the generally turgid public art that dominates Vancouver’s current Olympic landscape, Window with Fake Newspapers utilizes a subtle fictive language to recast The Only Sea Foods as a site of both opacity and exchange. The work is part of Manders’ ongoing Self Portrait as a Building, a project the artist began in 1986.

Manders’ publication and installation provides an entry point for an in depth investigation into the complex relationship between art and public space explored in a special issue of Fillip magazine, forthcoming this summer. Set against the context of the 2010 Olympics, Fillip #12 will investigate the multiple relationships between contemporary art and its publics—extending beyond discussions of a narrowly defined space of public art toward what critic Sven Lütticken calls art’s essential role in producing “critical forms of publicness.”

Fillip #12 will include contributions from Lorna Brown, Ingrid Chu, Jeff Derksen, Joseph del Pesco, Eric Kluitenberg, Sven Lütticken, Julian Myers, Anne Pasternak, and Kathleen Ritter, among others. Essays from the issue will be posted free, in their entirety on fillip.ca, bi-weekly beginning March 2010.

This project is part of Bright Light, a public art series sited within Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It was made possible through the support of the City of Vancouver and the British Columbia Arts Council’s Special Project Assistance, Unique Opportunities.

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