23 Apr 2008
In 1968 Lawrence Weiner, one of the key figures of Conceptual art, formulated his famous Declaration of Intent:

1. The artist may construct the piece.
2. The piece may be fabricated.
3. The piece need not be built.

Each being equal and consistent with the intent of the artist the decision as to condition rests with the receiver upon the occasion of receivership.

On 2 February 2008 Lawrence Weiner discussed his work with art historian and critic John Slyce at Tate Modern in London to coincide with his recent retrospective AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and his 2008 exhibition at the Lisson Gallery in London which ran until March. The event is archived as a webcast at tate.org.

Perhaps not too much to interest the casual FAC follower only familiar with his record covers and posters for Factory Records but for those keen to find out more about Weiner or who simply have never seen him talk before this is a great opportunity.

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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