Exhibition Talk with Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Tom McCarthy & Dr. Inke Arns

Dortmunder U | Level 3

Every Thursday the event program Kleiner Freitag takes place at the Dortmunder U. In the context of this and the exhibition Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press: Pranayama Typhoon Soft Parts Wing Flap Fin, the HMKV cordially invites you to an exhibition talk (in English) with Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, artist, Tom McCarthy, writer, and Dr. Inke Arns, curator of the exhibition and director of HMKV, on 20. October 2022 at 19:00. This exhibition tour will last about an hour and takes place at the HMKV, Dortmunder U, level 3. You will get to know the artists and their work(s), get in touch with others and learn more about development and motivation.

Registration is not required. Free of charge.

The artist and the writer already worked together several times. The Woods Decay, The Woods Decoy and Fall (2021) for example is a written cooperation between and a collective work of Tom McCarthy and Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press. This text will also be published in the exhibition catalogue. The authors describe it as an exhibition guide, an absurd text and a theater script at the same time. In it, Tom McCarthy as T (for Typhoon) talks to Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press as F (for Falcon) – both letters, respectively names, are again part of the work Pranayama Organ. During the course of the text, a conflict is described in a playful but bitter manner.

  • Tom McCarthy is a novelist and author whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages and adapted for cinema, theater and radio. His first novel,Remainder, won the 2008 Believer Book Award. His third, C, and his fourth book, Satin Island, were Booker Prize finalists. McCarthy is also author of the study Tintin and the Secret of Literature, and of the essay collection Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish. He contributes regularly to publications such as The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Harper’s and Artforum. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction by Yale University.
  • Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press lives and works in London, UK. Her work explores gender, language and publishing through a range of mediums, including drawing, sculpture, performance and the moving image. The struggle between language and its limitations is central to Banner’s work. Banner often works under the moniker of The Vanity Press. She established the imprint in 1997, with her seminal book The Nam. Since then, she has published many works, some in the form of books, some sculptural, some performance based. In 2009 she issued herself an ISBN number and registered herself as a publication under her own name.
  • Inke Arns is director of HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund, Germany. She has worked internationally as an independent curator and theorist specializing in media art, net cultures, and Eastern Europe. She has curated many exhibitions – at the Bauhaus Dessau, MG+MSUM Ljubljana, Gallery EXIT Pejë, KW Berlin, MMOMA Moscow, and is the author of many articles on contemporary art, media art and net culture. In 2021-2022 Inke Arns is Visiting Professor at the Münster Art Academy. In addition, she was curator of the Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo (artist: Jakup Ferri) at the 59th La Biennale di Venezia in Venice in 2022.


Image f.l.t.r..: Tom McCarthy, Photo: Nicole Strasser; Fiona Banner, Photo: Mischa Haller; Inke Arns, Photo: Frank Vinken

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