Amelia Barikin

Amelia Barikin, a curator, writer, and art historian, is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of English, Media Studies, and Art History at the University of Queensland.

  • Tom Nicholson

    Lines towards Another

    Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes

    Lines towards Another is the first anthology on the work of Australian contemporary artist Tom Nicholson. Spanning drawing, sculpture, public actions, sound, installation, video, and performance, Nicholson's work since the 1990s has engaged with critical questions around history, politics, narrative, and representation. Informed by the colonial history of Australia, and motivated by the work of Aboriginal Australian activists, his practice at its most fundamental level examines the role of images and monuments as both catalysts and potential barriers for the creation of histories, reimagining their forms through modes of commemoration. Presenting new research on the artist and providing an unprecedented overview of two decades of work, the book features eleven essays and two interviews, alongside richly illustrated project pages and texts by the artist.

    Copublished with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

    Contributors Amelia Barikin, Tony Birch, Bridget Crone, Jacqueline Doughty, Anthony Gardner, Anneke Jaspers, Ryan Johnston, Helen Hughes, Raafat Ishak, John Mateer, Shelley McSpedden, Mihnea Mircan, Grace Samboh, Ann Stephen

    • Hardcover $44.00
  • Parallel Presents

    Parallel Presents

    The Art of Pierre Huyghe

    Amelia Barikin

    The first book-length art historical examination of a major contemporary French artist.

    Over the past two decades, French artist Pierre Huyghe has produced an extraordinary body of work in constant dialogue with temporality. Investigating the possibility of a hypothetical mode of timekeeping—“parallel presents”—Huyghe has researched the architecture of the incomplete, directed a puppet opera, founded a temporary school, established a pirate television station, staged celebrations, scripted scenarios, and journeyed to Antarctica in search of a mythological penguin. In this first book-length art historical examination of Huyghe and his work, Amelia Barikin traces the artist's continual negotiation with the time codes of contemporary society. Barikin finds in Huyghe's projects an alternate way of thinking about history—a “topological historicity” that deprograms (or reprograms) temporal formats. Barikin offers pioneering analyses of Huyghe's lesser-known early works as well as sustained readings of later, critically acclaimed projects, including No Ghost Just a Shell (2000), L'Expédition scintillante (2002), and A Journey That Wasn't (2005). She emphasizes Huyghe's concepts of “freed time” and “the open present,” in which anything might happen.

    Bringing together an eclectic array of subjects and characters—from moon walking to situationist practices, from Snow White to Gilles Deleuze—Parallel Presents offers a highly original account of the driving forces behind Huyghe's work.

    • Hardcover $36.95 £27.95
    • Paperback $34.95 £27.00