The Hugo Boss Prize 2014: Paul Chan, Nonprojections for New Lovers features the first U.S. presentation of Chan’s recent series Nonprojections (2013–), a body of work comprised of video projectors and jury-rigged, power-conducting shoes that are connected by specially designed cords. Although the projectors’ lenses flicker and strobe as if outputting videos, there is no corresponding surface on which imagery might appear. Holding their contents within, these would-be projections remain illegible phantoms, replacing a passive experience of moving images with one that Chan characterizes as “inner-directed, like the ghostly visual impressions that one conjures up in one’s mind when reading a good (or bad) book.” The exhibition also includes a work that signals a new direction in Chan’s practice. Described by the artist as a sculptural animation, this composition of white nylon fabric set in motion by industrial fans evokes an otherworldly apparition.
Nonprojections for New Lovers will incorporate the activities of Chan’s publishing enterprise, Badlands Unlimited. Founded in 2010 as a publisher of books, e-books, and various other formats, Badlands has become an integral part of Chan’s work and operates as a platform for experimental projects by artists and writers. On the occasion of this exhibition, Badlands launches New Lovers, a series which features emerging writers working in the genre of erotica. Inspired by Maurice Girodias’s radical Olympia Press—founded in Paris in 1953 as a publisher for censored works by such authors as Samuel Beckett, William S. Burroughs, and Vladimir Nabokov—New Lovers titles present erotica as a literary form for exploring the complexities of contemporary life. These books will be on view in the gallery and available for purchase in the Guggenheim Stores—located on the ground floor and on Rotunda Level 6— and in the museum'sonline store. On March 10, the Guggenheim will host a book launch featuring readings by the three New Lovers authors, a conversation with Chan, and a book signing.
The exhibition is organized by Katherine Brinson, Curator, Contemporary Art, and Susan Thompson, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.