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Promised Relations; or, thoughts on a few artists' contracts. <<prev list next>>

I was writing my own contracts for ownership and exhibition of the archives. In particular, I was trying to develop an economy of perpetuity, one where I could afford the promises set up in the archives, yet still manage our living expenses. So, I began researching other artists’ contracts and Promised Relations was the result. Each of the artists was either using the contract as an artwork or as a means to clarify an element in the distribution of their work. It was also the first time I ever offered a group show for sale.

1996-97. AC Projectroom. An exhibition project with Marcel Broodthaers, Paula Hayes/Wild Friends, Ed Kienholz, Yves Klein, Komar & Melamid, Seth Siegelaub and Bob Projansky, and Various Times and People. Catalogue printed in an edition of 500 copies. No archive. Exhibition can be repeated.*

*Exhibition recreated for Crash at ICA, London, in 1999; for Etat des Lieux #1 (curated by Nicolas Bourriaud) at Fri-Art, Fribourg, in 2000; and for L’Oeuvre Collective/Collective Art Work (curated by Pascal Pique) at Les Abatoirs, Toulouse, in 2000.

Also see catalytic text.