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Withers, Rachel and Nelson, Mike (2011) HOST PAVILION/GUEST HOUSE/HAN. In: British Pavillion – 45th Venice Biennale, 2011. British Council, London. ISBN 9780863556623

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Withers, Rachel and Nelson, Mike

A catalogue essay commissioned by the British Council. Published in the British Council catalogue accompanying artist Mike Nelson’s representation of the UK in the British Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. The essay constitutes an experimental critical text that incorporates interview material whilst setting out a new critical perspective on the artist’s practice. It relates the formal attributes, mythological references and self-reflexivity in Nelson’s work to histories of sculpture in the ‘expanded field’ and critical investigations of the ambiguities of the host/guest relationship, in particular that of Michel Serres. Thus, it modifies the implicitly negative label of escapist “immersion” usually applied to Nelson’s installations and asks that his work’s analytical dimensions be given more careful consideration.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Mike Nelson
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: British Council
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 2011
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 16:14
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2013 12:53
Item ID: 5806
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5806

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