In An Absolut World True Taste Comes Naturally

29 Apr 2015 – 5 Jun 2015

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Camberwell Space

London, United Kingdom


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This exhibition explores the ways in which nonsense provokes a confrontation between meaning and non-meaning.


Brian Bress / Marcel Broodthaers / Pavel Büchler / Ami Clarke / Tyler Coburn / Anita Di Bianco / Tim Etchells / Sonja Gerdes / Vlatka Horvat / Ann Lislegaard / Ken Lum  / Masood Kamandy / Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel / Mark Manders / Josh Mannis / Poetic Research Bureau / Kim Schoen / Carol Szymanski / Stephanie Taylor

The genre of nonsense raises philosophical problems from the first. There is a confrontation between meaning and non-meaning in the production of nonsense. The absurd is also born from this conflict. The absurd is of course not the ridiculous, and nonsense is not no sense.

In An Absolut World True Taste Comes Naturally focuses specifically on intentional forms of nonsense within the visual arts—artists who mean not to mean. Tracing a tenuous vein from the aggressive poetics and ‘anti-sense’ of Dada to the dissolution and multiplication of meaning in contemporary works, this artist-curated show places an attention on nonsense as a strategy of obfuscation and interrogation of meaning.         

What do we consider nonsense today? To what ends is it used? Under what conditions is it recognizable? The artists in this show test our relationships to nonsense and meaning in different ways: some work in the phonetic snarl, some generate nonsense via the removal of context or rearrangement of syntax, some play in the continual unfolding and deferral of meaning.

The show will run from April 29, 2015 until June 5, 2015, at Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL). The exhibition will be complemented by a symposium on April 29 featuring Professor Jean-Jacques Lecercle, author of The Philosophy of Nonsense: The Intuitions of Victorian Nonsense Literature, David Toop, Pavel Büchler, Ami Clarke and a new publication through Camberwell Press which will be launched on 4 June 2015.  Related programming includes readings at Banner Repeater, curated by Poetic Research Bureau, and performances at amlondon.

Curated by Kim Schoen.

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