Tanya Leighton

  • John Smith

    John Smith

    Tanya Leighton and Kathrin Meyer

    This comprehensive new monograph on the influential British artist-filmmaker—renown for his playful and formally ingenious subversion of the everyday world—contains essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer, and Ethan de Seife.

    Herbert's text provides an incisive overview of Smith's work over the past four decades while Christie examines Smith's oeuvre within the context of English eccentricity. Meyer's essay discusses Smith's film The Black Tower in relation to absence and abstraction while de Seife looks at cinematic scale through the prism of Smith's Gargantuan.

    The publication includes a complete fully illustrated filmography spanning 84 pages, with images and synopses from nearly fifty film and video works made between 1972 and 2012.

    Copublished with Mousse Publishing

    Contributors Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer, and Ethan de Seife

    • Hardcover $42.00
  • In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love

    In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love

    Tanya Leighton

    In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love takes the distinction that French critic Serge Daney made between the “image” and the “visual” as a starting point for a selection of artworks, films, and discussions. Daney's distinction refers to an “image” that can critically challenge and destabilize predominant models of information, resisting the “purely technical,” that which is nothing other than the verification that something functions. Through various strategies of dislocation or slippage contemporary artists and filmmakers stage unsettling tensions that challenge visual conventions in an increasingly mediated culture. The aim of this book is to provide a theoretical and critical framework for examining how contemporary art and cinema can still hold out against an experience of vision and of the “visual.” Contributions range from philosophers and theorists such as Ernesto Laclau and Thomas Keenan, to art historians such as George Baker and Jonathan Crary, and to artists and filmmakers including François Bucher, Gareth James, John Menick, Mai-Thu Perret, and Keith Sanborn.

    This book was co-produced by Artists Space, New York, and accompanied the same-titled exhibition (November 16 – December 22, 2006).

    Contributors Giorgio Agamben, Ayreen Anastas, George Baker, François Bucher, Jonathan Crary, Serge Daney, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Luc Godard, Gareth James, Thomas Keenan, Ernesto Laclau, John Menick, Haruki Murakami, Jean-Luc Nancy, Mai-Thu Perret, Keith Sanborn

    • Paperback $29.95