Why Art Has a History: Selected Marginalia

5 Jul 2007 – 8 Jul 2007

Wiebke Morgan

London, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 8, 106, 254, 309, 388, D6
  • Tube: Bethnal Green

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Julia Moore, Nicholas Morgan, Matthew Rowe, Chris Smith


To mark the launch of a new collaborative text-based digital provocation developed by Moore, Morgan, Rowe and Smith, we are exhibiting a selection of objects, sounds and images (including photography and video) documenting and describing the games and thought processes that parented the work. The artwork around which the show revolves, "A PDF of Why Art Has a History", is a dematerialised and intersubjective exploration of internally-disputatious text as fine art. The PDF has been developed from a four day participatory art event in 2006 ("...an extraordinarily rich affect from an equally extraordinary economy of means....one of the best things I have seen (and modestly, can claim to have worked upon) for a long time..." Dr. Mary Anne Francis, Chelsea College of Art and Design). It will be available as a download only from the gallery website from 7pm on Thursday 5 July for the duration of the show only, in a counter-intuitive ploy to limit the edition size of an inherently infinitely reproducible work.


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