The Showroom

Book Launch: (pause) 21 scenes concerning the silence of Art in Ruins by Eva Weinmayr

Wednesday 8 December, 7–9pm.

Free, no booking required.

Eva Weinmayr’s latest publication is part of a series of interventions around the (temporary?) disappearance of the English art collective Art in Ruins from the art world.

Art in Ruins came to international prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, provocatively addressing capitalism, discrimination and the art world. After a very visible political and artistic phase of activity, they became quiet. 'For me, this silence makes Art in Ruins’ critique not only more powerful but open to speculation' says Weinmayr. Did they run out of ideas, move to other territories or simply withdraw in disgust? Using actual dialogue lines from interviews with art professionals who knew Art in Ruins Eva Weinmayr constructs a play as an anti-documentary or anti-biography.

With readings by Eleanor Vonne Brown, Francesco Pedraglio, Neil Chapman, Anja Kirschner, Douglas Park, Fatos Ustek, Emanuel von Baeyer, Stewart Home, Emma Edmondson, Hilary Koob-Sassen, John Moseley, Mary George, Caterina Riva, Waye Daly, Clive Phillpot and Pieternel Vermoortel.

This book launch is the first in the UK following others at Zacheta National Art Gallery, Warsaw, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and MoMA PS1, Queens, New York.

The project is funded by the Arts Council England and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.

About the publication: (pause) 21 scenes concerning the silence of Art in Ruins by Eva Weinmayr, published by Occasional Papers, 2010, 28 x 19 cm, 72 p., b/w, sewn, soft cover. Special launch price £8