by Travis Jeppesen on September 5, 2017


Siilky’s Room — a collaboration with Winston Chmielinski, in the anthology OUTSIDE, now available here.

Coming this fall…. THE CRITIC AS ARTIST in Reading, UK

by Travis Jeppesen on August 30, 2017

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‘The Critic as Artist’
curated by Michael Bracewell and Andrew Hunt

Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH, United Kingdom

Opening: Saturday 7 October 2017
Exhibition runs: 7 October 2017 to 28 January 2018

Including work by Miles Aldridge, Stephen Buckley, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Lucienne Cole, Dexter Dalwood, Kaye Donachie, Donna Huddleston, Travis Jeppesen, Gareth Jones, Scott King, Linder, Bertie Marshall, Malcolm Mclaren, Katrina Palmer, Alessandro Raho, Simeon Soloman, and Cally Spooner.

‘The Critic as Artist’ is an exhibition at Reading Museum about and for the Irish writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde, who had been a visitor to Reading prior to his imprisonment at Reading Gaol, and whose ideas and legend remain startlingly contemporary.

Appropriately, the museum in Reading is housed in a building partially designed by Waterhouse which opened in 1883, the year Wilde set sail to ‘declare his genius’ to America. Rather than focus on Wilde’s sensational and tragic downfall, as is too often the case, ‘The Critic as Artist’ examines the author’s theories of aesthetics and art criticism, which advocated freedom from moral restraint and the limitations of society, as well as the creative ability of criticism to reach beyond the limitations of the work of art. These were and remain radical, integral to a developing idea of ‘the modern’ and above all joyously balanced between seriousness, ironic play, provocation, poetry and paradox.

With this in mind, the exhibition is titled after Wilde’s celebrated essay of 1891, in which he lays out the central points of his aesthetic and art critical theories. Wilde subtitled his essay, ‘With some remarks upon the importance of doing nothing’ – championing indolence as necessary to artistic cultivation, and pose, repose and contemplation as elevated modes of existence – very much in the lineage of what Kierkegaard had previously defined as the ‘glittering inactivity’ of the aesthetic state.

Combining the historical and the contemporary, notions of the cult of the beautiful with the role of the critic, symbolist fantasy and the many-layered relationships between life, morality and art, ‘The Critic as Artist’ aims to combine substantial homage and renewed interpretation of Wildean aesthetic theory, while remaining very much in the spirit of his own serious play – the ‘new Hellenism’ of artistic ideas.

For further information and images, please contact Kirsten Cooke, Reading International Assistant Curator on kirsten@readinginternational.org / +44 (0)118 378 8050

Head of a Woman, Pablo Picasso, 1926

by Travis Jeppesen on August 27, 2017

Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman, 1926

See see it can be no me is free. Bound to one’s own plasticity, staring back to self eye like it’s the sea. No expanse can expand my myness in the sky my eye once holed. Glance shed gray across the day my stony being tries to be, the talk of the worldwide gallery!

Two hairs make one head, flourish side and front perspective gets so embed

dead when closed eye floats all stonelike into ill-defined hairplane. Bye bye.

A magnetic hold, that woman once wrote – and now she kisses herself unmasturbatorily: she is being portrayed. Ovarian sentimentality

Much like night getting a chance to breathe – purely sensual as an idea – yet sensual more like a hovering humidity, a mist not a meat.

Tonal detail turns flesh into mineral. Yet still the intimacy of a threat. Could say the second her giraffes its way into nasal fortitude – yet all stone is sculpture, whether made or found.


by Travis Jeppesen on July 18, 2017

Where synthesis is bland, one can always hijack it. No one ever really knows what time it is – that’s because no one belongs to it. Time. It is a rope, something that leads us…to the sand. I see a lemon, or another fruit that yearns to be buried. But then maybe, just maybe, that piece of fruit that one considers is actually an ox – or something immaterial – a piece of lightning. What do you look at each day that disappears, along with/beside the light. It can’t be the eye of god – that is something that can be tasted. My eyeball beside a portrait of my eyeball that I myself have rendered.


If time were as blank as space and could be written on, and in a way, it can. Boredom is not-writing on time, but a breath, a way of appearing dissolute, ahead of the forecast – and obsolete at once. The blab of solidarity is backwards. A leaf falling on me, and the summer of not falling in love for once. You can be cracked open, but never written upon – not really. What gives us hope is the impossibility of ever living (completely) in dream. The denial, by powers we can hardly understand, let alone access, of ever seeing ourselves separate, from a distance – at the remove that necessitates true self-understanding.


Being at a remove today. That is what “woken up” means.


Birds, the sea, and silence. All natural things that experience the same dull ache from time to time. Writing the object is the same as reading it; no difference whatsoever. But then time becomes a metal object itself, a sort of divining rod that one could plug into and empty all their dreams out bladder-like. Am I saintly enough to be seeing you now. How much time do we have left really. That is what I really want to know.



Post-production Manoeuvre @ Minority Space, Beijing

by Travis Jeppesen on June 6, 2017

Exhibition at Minority Space, Beijing

Post-production Manoeuvre

7th Jun-2nd Jul, 2017

Vernissage: 7th Jun, 19:00

This group exhibition will feature three works from 16 Sculptures, in Chinese translation, as well as a newly commissioned three-dimensional calligraphic work utilizing virtual reality technology.

For more info, please go here.

Tomorrow in Seoul

by Travis Jeppesen on May 11, 2017

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RAT talk, Seoul: 18 March

by Travis Jeppesen on March 14, 2017

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Travis Jeppesen (*1979) is a writer and artist based in Berlin. His work can be viewed as an exploration of writing “in the expanded field,” as he works in several different modes, having authored novels, books of poetry, plays and film scripts. As a critic and essayist, he regularly contributes to such publications as Artforum, Art in America, and Frieze. His calligraphic writings have been the subject of solo exhibitions at Exile (Berlin) and Rupert (Vilnius.)
In addition to these more traditional forms, Jeppesen has developed what he terms “object-oriented writing”—writing that enacts a subjective, embodied encounter with and response to art objects. Jeppesen’s texts treat objects as inhabitable. By positioning his own voice within the object, he counters nearly all forms of critical analysis that assume a distance from objects in order to speak about them; as he observes, “Something that is located within an object can never be ‘about’ that object—aboutness is always external.” His first major object-oriented writing project, 16 Sculptures, was published in book format by Publication Studio, featured in the Whitney Biennial as an audio installation, and was the subject of a solo exhibition at Wilkinson Gallery in London.
His books include Victims, Poems I Wrote While Watching TV, Dicklung & Others, All Fall, and Wolf at the Door. Jeppesen’s most recent novel, The Suiciders, was published by Semiotext(e) in 2013; subsequently, he performed “marathon readings” of the entire novel, lasting eight hours without pause, at the ICA in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Travis Jeppesen has taught as a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, Leeds Beckett University, and the Royal College of Art, where he recently completed a PhD in Critical Writing in Art and Design. He is currently an International Research Fellow at MMCA Seoul-Changdong (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul.)


Lecturer: Travis Jeppesen
Date: March 18 2017 (Sat) 8 p.m.
Venue: RAT
Admission Fee: none
Address: 37 Donui-dong, Jongno-gu, 110-807 Seoul, 6F
Subway: Jongno 3-ga station, exit 4
Inquiries: 010-5239-4020 (Dirk)
*The event will be in English*

Wednesday night in London

by Travis Jeppesen on February 6, 2017

On Reading: December 10 in Bergen, Norway

by Travis Jeppesen on November 19, 2016


A live reading/performance from 16 Sculptures as part of “On Reading,” an all-day event at the Bergen Kunsthall.



Saturday 10 December

Bergen Kunsthall





A one-day event focusing on the practice of reading in contemporary art.

With lectures, readings, performances, film and music by Hannah Gregory, Aveek Sen, Moyra Davey, Travis Jeppesen, Karolin Meunier, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Studio for Propositional Cinema and Steven Warwick/Heatsick. Presented by Bergen Kunsthall in collaboration with NOVEL.



Free entrance. Coffee and food will be served. Stay all day!

Please sign up at rsvp@kunsthall.no

Limited seating.


Taking Moyra Davey’s exhibition in Bergen Kunsthall as its inspiration, “On Reading” brings together a group of artists, writers and performers to explore reading as a distinct and singular practice within contemporary art.


“Hemlock Forest” is the first exhibition in Scandinavia by the New York based, Canadian artist, Moyra Davey. Much of Davey’s work centers on the everyday of her own life — as a photographer and filmmaker, and as an avid reader and writer. Initially working in photography, in recent years she has developed a series of essay films that layer personal narratives onto highly engaged explorations of particular authors, artists and texts.

Within Davey’s work – in both its visual and inscribed forms – the act of reading, and a self reflexive writing practice, hold a prominent role.


Despite her use of quotation and citation, Davey’s work is as much a meditation on her own artistic processes as it is on those of others; an exploration of the irrepressible drive to create and make; and that strange symbiotic dichotomy between a life lived and a life written down or recorded. In Davey’s work, reading so often seems to be the central locus through which this reflection takes place.


The public program “On Reading” will bring together artists, writers and scholars who share with Davey, not only an interest in literature and writing, but also an acute awareness for reading as a ‘practice’ within both literature and contemporary visual art, and for reading as a core artistic mode.








Hannah Gregory

As well as the productive aspects of reading in itself, reading is a way of passing time, forgetting time; something done while waiting, a precursor to doing. Hannah Gregory will consider Lauren Berlant’s notion of ‘impasse’ – “a state of animated suspension”, “a poetic of immanent [and imminent] world making”, in relation to reading, and to Moyra Davey’s work – in particular within the feminised realm of the home. Taking texts as “temporary shelters”, I will think about how reading as a fortifying mode of thought occupies the time before both creative work and real-world actions.


Hannah Gregory is a writer and editor living in Berlin. Her writing on contemporary culture has appeared in Art Monthly, The New Inquiry, frieze and The Wire, among other publications. She is a co-editor of the art writing journal Aorist and keeps a TinyLetter ‘Thresholds’.


Aveek Sen and Moyra Davey
Aveek Sen and Moyra Davey will engage in a conversation about Reading, which will take place via Skype. Davey will be speaking from her apartment in New York with Sen at his home in Calcutta. When working on his essay for the forthcoming publication on Moyra davey’s exhibition at the Kunsthall, Sen and Davey had several such skype conversations across the continents. For this conversation we are able to ‘wire-tap’ into their correspondence from Bergen, and listen in on their exchanges.


In his essay “Low-hanging Fruit” Sen reflects both on Moyra Davey’s act of reading within her films, as well as his own attempt of ‘reading’ Davey’s work through his own writing: “What if, caught within my repeated viewing of the films, I end up rehearsing their words and action, copying into my notes what the film-maker reads out incessantly? She reads, she makes notes, she writes, she films what she reads and writes, makes films in which she reads out what she writes; I write in my notes what she reads out about what she has read, I read up what she has read. What if I am trapped in this cycle, this infinite regress, of reading, writing, filming and making notes?”


A curator and writer on art, literature, music and society, Aveek Sen is also a Senior Assistant Editor, The Telegraph, Kolkata. Sen’s curatorial practice has a focus on photography. He has lectured in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and is the recipient of a number of awards including the Infinity Award for Writing on Photography (2009); The Reuters Fellowship, Green College, Oxford (2005); and the Rhodes Scholarship, Rhodes


Travis Jeppesen
In addition to his work as a novelist, art critic and poet, Travis Jeppesen has developed what he terms “object-oriented writing”—writing that seeks to use language as a site for a subjective, embodied encounter with and response to art objects. Jeppesen’s writing treats objects themselves as inhabitable, in an attempt to write from within the object; this approach intends to counter distanced forms of critical analysis to which art is usually subjected. As he has written: “Objects have no feelings… but could they?”


In his installation 16 Sculptures, visitors—sitting while blindfolded—listen to recordings of Jeppesen reading his object-oriented re-creations of sculptures. Depriving us of our usual faculties for experiencing works of art—sight and visual-spatial reasoning—Jeppesen’s texts instead stage an encounter with objects through language that nonetheless retains the texture of embodied, physical experience, an imaginative realm in which he attempts to summon the autonomous essences and interior lives of objects themselves.


For the event in Bergen, Jeppesen will introduce and present excerpts from 16 Sculptures as a reading/performance.


Karolin Meunier

In Texte zur Kunst’s recent themed issue “Poetry”, Karolin Meunier contributes with the essay “Hearing Voices – On the Reading and Performance of Poetry”. Reading in relation to writing, and the state of “being read” is a perspective that highlights the significance that various modes of sharing might have on the act of authorship itself. In her analysis of this phenomenon, Karolin Meunier takes Berlin-based writer Haytham El-Wardany’s book “How to Disappear” as a key example. In its consideration of reading silently versus reading aloud, she argues, it destabilizes both the boundaries of the self and the idea of possession itself – including, not least, the subject’s possession of his or her own voice.


Karolin Meunier is an artist and writer based in Berlin. She teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.


Sidsel Meineche Hansen

The CGI animation Seroquel® considers the concept of self-destruction and increasing prescriptions of anti-depressants, as an industrial complex “that allows capitalism to enter into our relationship to ourselves.” The film features the avatar Eva 3.0 (the main protagonist in Sidsel Meineche Hansen’s recent work and the object of her research into virtual/post-human sex) dubbed by a ‘metalogue’ performed by empowerment speaker and post punk legend Lydia Lunch.


Sidsel Meineche Hansen is an artist based in London. Her work takes the form of woodcut prints, sculptures, CGI and VR animations which typically foreground the body’s industrial complex in the pharmaceutical, porn and tech-industries. Her work also manifest as publications, and as an ongoing series of seminars. In 2015 she co-edited Politics of Study (London and Odense: Open Editions and Funen Art Academy). Currently she is a visiting scholar at CalArts and works as an associate professor at the Funen Art Academy, Denmark.



Studio for Propositional Cinema

Studio for Propositional Cinema was founded in 2013 with a public call to action. Through language, actions, sounds and images, through production, publication, exhibition and fictions, they seek to reconfigure culture from a network of ideological formations into a dialogue of hypothetical gestures.


Cut With Some Pieces of Cinematography: A Sonata for Two Women (2016) is a play by Studio for Propositional Cinema which incorporates many of their prior texts and performances into a narrative dialogue between two actors and the audience. The two actors shift between collectivized stand-ins and subjectivized humans, recalling characters from sources as varied at Ingmar Berman, Elena Ferrante, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Smog.



The Berlin based visual artist and producer will play a kaleidoscopic DJ set of stripped down club edits and frenetic hi energy to pulse the dance floor. Steven Warwick’s multidisciplinary work invites the interaction of objects and media within an immersive environment. In his dance music project Heatsick, he sends a solitary Casio through a myriad of effects, looping up coarse, crisp, and twinkling out-house music into wonderfully queasy eternity. He teases out melodic and rhythmic mantras to an off-kilter, Burroughsian effect that wins on the floor and never forgets to be lo-fi fun(k).



NOVEL is an editorial and curatorial project, publishing artists writing and texts that oscillate between modes of fiction and poetry.  NOVEL acts in-between the potential performance of a script, and the indeterminate transcript of the event. The journal hosts a cacophony of voices that coalesce around writing as a core material for a number of artists exploring language and the speculative force of fiction.


For the Upstairs residency, NOVEL (Alun Rowlands and Matt Williams) will host events, readings, screenings and the dispersion of a new publication.  Curated with artworks that become the locus for reading and the fictioning of a scenario, NOVEL asks us to think of writing as something distinct from information, as at least one realm of cultural production that is exempt from the encompassing obligation to communicate.




ON READING is presented by Bergen Kunsthall’s lecture series Platform, in collaboration with NOVEL (Alun Rowlands and Matt Willams). It has been organised on the occasion of the solo exhibition ‘Henlock Forest’ by Moyra Davey, at Bergen Kunsthall.


Supported by Fritt Ord







South of Meaning @ House of Egorn, Berlin, Oct. 29 – Dec. 10

by Travis Jeppesen on November 11, 2016

House of Egorn is pleased to present a duo exhibition of new works by Travis Jeppesen and Vivien Zhang. “South of Meaning” shows two practices that break down systemic structures and create new meanings from shards and fragments. In Zhang’s new canvases, objects are arranged and rearranged in layers that repeat over the composition. Themes of repetition, originality, and abstraction emerge from these paintings made from the traces of objects dislocated in time and space.

Jeppesen’s works appear as the progression of a long career that started in writing. Object-Oriented-Writing is a process developed by Jeppesen as a result of the gestural and bodily interaction involved in handwriting. He describes the new works on paper as an exploded notebook, an intimate collection of thoughts, experiments, and the bold calligraphic style that emits the powerful gesturality of writing. Both practices lead towards an idea of writing that exists outside of language or words.

Language is a system that is broken apart and recombined to create new meanings, unable to be expressed through language alone. Vivien Zhang’s “Interrobang” crosses into the field of writing and gives an anchor to the exhibition. The word was coined in the 1960’s by Martin Speckter for use in advertising. It is a name for the visual combination of exclamation and question mark. It can be written “!?” or “?!” to give a multiple emphasis. The idea of punctuation ties the exhibition together as rules from grammar transcribe into the physical space to create the hang. The pieces communicate spatially, forming their own systems and webs of meaning.

Whether abstracting objects or sentences, there remains a feeling of fragility. If a system can be broken down, allowing for flexibility and playfulness, it also reveals its seams and vulnerabilities.

VIVIEN ZHANG (b. 1990, Beijing) lives and works in London, UK. Zhang is currently a fellow at the British School at Rome until July 2017. She received her MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in 2014 after studying art at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Recent exhibitions include: Cavity Drift (solo), Galerie Huit, Hong Kong, 2016; Cue Collision, House of Egorn, London, 2016; Beyond Borders, Blain Southern, London, 2016; Surf the Anodyne (solo), Chadwell Award, London, 2015; Visions for a New Generation (in collaboration with Swarovski), Lane Crawford, Shanghai, 2015; Deeper Bite, Lychee One Gallery, London, 2015; East London Painting Prize, Rum Factory, 2015.

TRAVIS JEPPESEN (b. 1979, Ft. Lauderda­le, Florida) lives and works in Berlin. Jeppesen was recently awarded his Ph.D. in Critical Writing from the Royal College of Art in London. His acclaimed art writing is regularly published in art magazines such as Artforum and Frieze. His first novel Victims was published in 2003 followed by Wolf at the Door (2007), The Suiciders (2013), and All Fall: Two Novelas (2014).

Recent exhibitions include: Word (solo), Rupert, Vilnius, 2016; New Writing (solo), Exile, Berlin, 2016; 16 Sculptures (solo), Wilkinson, London, 2014; Down Where Changed Cubitt, London, 2014-15; Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2014.

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