Information, Manifesto, Rules and Other Leaks...

Angela Bulloch
April 29 – August 29, 2011

BODYSPACEMOTIONTHINGS, 2011 (detail)

 

It was a sensation in the 70s when the Tate was forced to close a new exhibit, just four days after it was opened, when it was almost wrecked by an overly exuberant public. Nearly 40 years on, Robert Morris’s Bodyspacemotionthings has lost none of its potential for danger after clocking up a string of casualties during a special reappearance at Tate Modern in the summer of 2012. The artwork, in which participants are invited to negotiate seesaws, a tightrope and other obstacles, left 23 people needing first aid in just over week.

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

BODYSPACEMOTIONTHINGS, 2011 (detail; center)

Novembergruppe, 2011 (detail; left)

Anarchy, 2011 (right)

 

In her works, Angela Bulloch studies the complex operation of rule systems in society. The work group Rules Series, begun in 1992, consists of a continuously growing collection of rules, regulations, and norms. Angela Bulloch chose ten of these texts and transformed them with a new design into monumental wall paintings, DIN A1 prints, and a poster. In direct reference to works from the Berlinische Galerie, the new layout quotes design elements by El Lissitzky, Hannah Höch, and artists of the November Group.

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Exhibition view

Information, Manifesto, Rules and Other Leaks..., 2011
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

 

In her works, Angela Bulloch studies the complex operation of rule systems in society. The work group Rules Series, begun in 1992, consists of a continuously growing collection of rules, regulations, and norms. Angela Bulloch chose ten of these texts and transformed them with a new design into monumental wall paintings, DIN A1 prints, and a poster. In direct reference to works from the Berlinische Galerie, the new layout quotes design elements by El Lissitzky, Hannah Höch, and artists of the November Group.

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Cosa Nostra, 2011 (left)

 

The list of duties and rights of the Italian mafia Cosa Nostra begins with the following oath:

"I swear to be faithful to ‘Cosa Nostra’. If I should betray it may my flesh burn like this image is burning."

 

General Wall of Rules, 1996 (right)

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Cosa Nostra, 2011 (detail)

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

General Wall of Rules, 1996 (center)

 

WikiLeaks - Kaupthing Claims, 2011 (right)
The wall painting uses a statement by WikiLeaks' founder and information activist Julian Assange, as well as leaked data relating to the repayments made to customers following the collapse of Iceland's Icebank. This data portrait resembles a graphical explosion - a mass of names and numbers flaring from a spherical core.

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Novembergruppe, 2011

 

In a letter from 1919, artists, sculptors and architects "of the new spirit" are called to join the revolutionary November Group. The letter is followed by the group's rules and charter.

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

11 Downing Street, 2011 (left)

Rules Series Prints, 2012 (right)

The Seven Deadly Whims, 1994 (detail; top)

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Rules Series Prints, 2012

DIN A1 pigment prints

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Rules Series Prints, 2012 (detail)

DIN A1 pigment prints

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

11 Downing Street, 2011
 
Information for visits to Downing Street in London, housing the offices and residences of the British Prime Minister and Chancellor. 
 
Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Exhibition view 

Information, Manifesto, Rules and Other Leaks..., 2011

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

 

In her works, Angela Bulloch studies the complex operation of rule systems in society. The work group Rules Series, begun in 1992, consists of a continuously growing collection of rules, regulations, and norms. Angela Bulloch chose ten of these texts and transformed them with a new design into monumental wall paintings, DIN A1 prints, and a poster. In direct reference to works from the Berlinische Galerie, the new layout quotes design elements by El Lissitzky, Hannah Höch, and artists of the November Group.

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Head Sandwich, 2000
Acrylic color on anodized aluminium, edged tubes, steel chain, hinge-joint and closings: stainless steel
 
Photo © Carsten Eisfeld
Twin Stock Boards, 2000
Acrylic color on anodized aluminium, edged tubes, steel chain, hinge-joint and closings: stainless steel
 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Head Board, 2000
Acrylic color on anodized aluminium, edged tubes, steel chain, hinge-joint and closings: stainless steel

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Riddled Screen, 2000
Acrylic color on anodized aluminium, edged tubes, steel chain, hinge-joint and closings: stainless steel

 

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Information, Manifesto, Rules and Other Leaks...

Angela Bulloch
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
April 29 – August 29, 2011
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In her works, Angela Bulloch studies the complex operation of rule systems in society. For the exhibition at Berlinische Galerie, she continues the concept of her Rule Series in several works, some of which were conceived especially for the exhibition site. The work group Rules Series, begun in 1992, consists of a continuously growing collection of rules, regulations, and norms. The Big Mac Index, used to compare the buying power of a currency, encounters instructions for those visiting London’s Downing Street, the guidelines of the November Group and the Italian mafia’s code of honour.

 

Under the title “Information, Manifesto, Rules and other leaks…”, Angela Bulloch chose ten of these texts and transformed them with a new design into monumental wall paintings, DIN A1 prints, and a poster. In direct reference to works from the Berlinische Galerie, the new layout quotes design elements by El Lissitzky, Hannah Höch, and artists of the November Group. An additional part of the exhibition shows texts, documents, and three-dimensional objects that emerged as part of the Rules Series over the past fifteen years.

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