Sebastian Black


  • Tapetum Lucidum

    Title: Tapetum Lucidum
    Writers: Sebastian Black, Ajay Kurian
    Editor: Kim Nguyen
    Category: Exhibition Publication
    Design: Julie Peeters, Scott Ponik
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Year published: 2014
    Edition: 200
    Pages: 8pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Staple bound
    Process: Offset
    Printing: Image Press Works
    Features: Pretty big
    Weight: 64g
    Dimensions: 20.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 cm
    ISBN: 978-0-921394-69-3
    Price: $4 CDN

    The following conversation between Ajay Kurian and Sebastian Black took place between February 17 and April 3, 2014, in anticipation of Kurian’s exhibition at Artspeak, April 12-May 24, 2014. Reminiscent of Hollis Frampton and Carl Andre’s 12 Dialogues 1962-63 (1980)—a series of exchanges produced by taking turns on a typewriter—Kurian and Black conducted the interview on computers written in the company of each other. The result is a call and response mediated through text rather than spoken. Composed in four sittings, each session lasted several hours, concluding when the conversation that day came to an organic end. The two artists would resume the dialogue the following week, continuing this pattern until exhaustion and satisfaction marked an appropriate finish.

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