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Art Monthly Talk Show on Resonance104.4 FM, 9th November 2012

John Douglas Millar discusses his feature article on Conceptual Writing and asks “Is writing still playing catch-up with art?” 

The term ‘Conceptual Writing’ was coined in 2003 to define literary works that may function as Conceptual Art, where the ideas behind the rule-based texts cannot be separated from the act of writing itself. But does this reliance on the act of authoring undermine the movement’s distanciating intentions?

‘Conceptual Writing might not seem particularly radical. After all, the Oulipo group have been experimenting with constraint-based writing for over 50 years and citation and appropriation are a fundamental of much modernist literature.’

Colin Perry discusses his review of Matthew Darbyshire at Zabludowicz Collection, London, The Associates at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Theaster Gates at White Cube Bermondsey, London. He suggests that over these past few recessionary years, the context available for art in the UK has changed in line with public spending cuts. Creativity has increasingly sought a home in two types of well-funded organisations: private collectors’ kunsthalles, in which public and private functions mix freely; and the domestic houses and mansions managed by the heritage sector, in which art is programmed to respond to a permanent collection. But many artists show a deep ambivalence about such contexts.

The programme is hosted by Matt Hale who has worked at Art Monthly since 1991.


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Six Pillars – Cosmic Geometry

Monir with a relief piece, 1970s. Photo courtesy of artist


John Cage called her ‘that beautiful Persian girl‘, Jackson Pollock, though unfriendly, openly declared an admiration for her art. Born 1924 in Iran, Monir Farmanfarmaian later brought a flavour of Iran to New York’s avant garde, amongst whom she was circulating. It was often reported that one of her pieces had its place on Andy Warhol’s desk for example.

Her signature work has been since that time, fractal mirror sculpture, mirror mosaic and reverse-painted glass which overall embodies her lifelong fascination for natural beauty and light.  And as any sprightly octogenarian still producing work should, Farmanfarmaian has just released a book: Cosmic Geometry ((Damiani Editore & The Third Line, Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist) with passages written by such artist friends as Frank Stella and Shirin Neshat.

In this frank interview the artist discusses her first moment’s of inspiration with mirrors, kills a money spider, reflects on her life and personal art collection and bemoans the proliferation of cheap Chinese products in Iran.

Free Lab Radio – Iranian Electronica and What Not

Leaping across the pond on lily pads buoyed up by sound. Amongst others, Canadian avant garde, African-Brazilian-Indian tribal gabba, remixed Irish boy bands and various electronica of Persian descent.

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Free Lab Radio – Everything Has to Pass

More eclecticism from Free Lab Radio. With tracks like ‘Leave House’, ‘Hot Raw’, and ‘I Need Dollar’, we swing from Detroit to psychedelic prog rock in the musical affirmation that ‘everything has to pass‘. This is the first hour of the Free Lab Radio show produced and presented by Fari B, broadcast on October 23rd 2010 on art-music radio station Resonance 104.4fm