Staff Picks: Angela Bulloch and Liam Gillick

Staff Picks: Angela Bulloch and Liam Gillick


Angela Bulloch and Liam Gillick, We are Medi(evil) (clip), 1994.

September 1, 2022
Staff Picks: Angela Bulloch and Liam Gillick
September 1–30, 2022
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e-flux Video & Film is very pleased to present Angela Bulloch and Liam Gillick’s video We are Medi(evil) (1994, 19 minutes) as the September 2022 edition of our monthly series Staff Picks.

In 1994 artist Georg Herold invited a number of British and German artists to participate in a project called Karaoke (Fußball-WM) (Karaoke Football—World Cup) for Portikus, Frankfurt. In so doing he hoped to create an “exchange of cultural differences…with predefined rules of the game” by introducing a Karaoke element that would “break up and expand the predefined and tightly marked-out field” of art. The exhibition, timed to coincide with the 1994 World Cup, followed an earlier exhibition that had transformed Portikus into a bar and videotheque for the 1990 World Cup. Bulloch and Gillick rejected this curatorial directive and chose to take a “pre-football, before Karaoke” stance. This action involved digging a hole decorated with bunting and protected by a Herold-like wooden structure outside the main entrance to the space; planting a meadow on the land surrounding the building; and producing a video-manifesto at the Frankfurt Sportverband Hostel where all the British artists were housed. This “counter-context” position expressed their skepticism about reinforcing national identities in order to transcend them once more: a strategy of détournement conceived by the artists as a kind of “Medieval conceptualism.”

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Angela Bulloch was born in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada in 1966. She finished her studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1988. In the same year she participated in the now infamous exhibition called Freeze in London’s Docklands. Bulloch was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. She was a recipient of the Kunstpreis der Stadt Wolfsburg and the Vattenfall Contemporary Art Prize (both 2011) and was nominated for the Preis der Freunde der Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2005). Bulloch’s work has been presented widely in solo and group exhibitions around the world and in public, performative, and curatorial projects. In November of 2021 Bulloch had solo exhibitions both with Esther Schipper, Berlin, and Simon Lee Gallery, London. In Spring 2022 the Musée d’Arts de Nantes held a large solo exhibition of new and recent work. A new catalogue was published for this occasion. She has collaborated to produce and perform a work for theater with musician David Grubbs called The Wired Salutation. She has released CDs and vinyl records by other musicians on her record label ABCDLP and she is a member of the five bass guitar band Big Bottom. She is a founding member of BPA// Berlin Program for Artists together with Willem de Rooij and Simon Denny, founded in 2016, and is a professor for Time-Based Media at the HFBK, Hamburg, since 2018.

Liam Gillick is an artist based in New York. His work exposes the dysfunctional aspects of a modernist legacy in terms of abstraction and architecture when framed within a globalized, neo-liberal consensus, and extends into structural rethinking of the exhibition as a form. He has produced a number of short films since the late 2000s which address the construction of the creative persona in light of the enduring mutability of the contemporary artist as a cultural figure: Margin Time (2012), The Heavenly Lagoon (2013), and Hamilton: A Film by Liam Gillick (2014). His book Industry and Intelligence: Contemporary Art Since 1820 was published by Columbia University Press in March 2016. Gillick’s work has been included in numerous important exhibitions including documenta and the Venice, Berlin, and Istanbul Biennales—representing Germany in 2009 in Venice. Solo museum exhibitions have taken place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Tate in London. Over the last twenty five years Gillick has also been a prolific writer and critic of contemporary art, contributing to ArtforumOctoberFrieze, and e-flux Journal. Throughout this time Gillick has extended his practice into experimental venues and collaborative projects with artists including Philippe Parreno, Lawrence Weiner, Louise Lawler, Adam Pendleton, and the band New Order, in a series of concerts in Manchester, Turin, and Vienna. 

About the series 
e-flux Video & Film: Staff Picks is a monthly streaming series of staff picks and recommended videos designed to disrupt the monotony of an algorithm. Before the end times of big data, we used to discover suggested content along dusty shelves in video rental stores, where Post-it notes scribbled by shift workers implored us to experience the same movies that made them guffaw, scream, or weep. Sometimes the content bored us, sometimes it overwhelmed us, and sometimes, as if by magic, it was just right. e-flux invites you to relive this rental store mode of perusal, with personalized picks curated through judgment that does not take into consideration your viewing history.

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