7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
1st May, 2015
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? Under what conditions is it recognizable? The artists in this show deal with these questions 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 in South London. There will be a symposium April 29 featuring Professor Jean-Jacques Lecercle, author of “The Philosophy of Nonsense,” David Toop, Pavel Büchler, Ami Clarke and a publication through Camberwell Press which will be launched at a special event on Tuesday 2 June at Camberwell Space.
Related programming will include readings at Banner Repeater, curated by Poetic Research Bureau, and performances at amlondon.