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Stephen Willats, Artwork as Social Model: A Manual of Questions and Propositions, RGAP, 2012

Stephen Willats’ art practice addresses contemporary social and cultural issues. His polemic takes ideas beyond the norms and conventions of the object-based art world, to explore possibilities inherent within communal groups.

In many of his projects he has collaborated with members of diverse communities in a variety of everyday settings, initiating interventions that build on the richness and complexity of self-organisation to determine and reinforce a sense of identity.The result is a body of artworks with a dynamic, interactive, social function.

This manual, which includes texts, interviews and artwork from five decades of practice, is intended as a tool for any artist or practitioner looking to find a meaningful relationship with contemporary society. It proclaims, and argues for, a culture that promotes the fluid, transient, relative and complex society from which it stems.

Artist's book, Exhibition catalogue First Edition Two softcover books in boxset 32 pages 25 x 19 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 28 ORDER

Stephen Willats, How Tomorrow Looks From Here / Berlin Local, MD72, 2015

The exhibition ‘How Tomorrow Looks From Here’ focuses on the role of simulation in Stephan Willats' work. The interactive, participatory computer simulation ‘Free Zone’ (1997) and the installation ‘Imaginary Journey’ (2006) are shown together with a selection of diagrams that serve as the conceptual underpinnings and explanations to the works. In addition to his projects with social groups in urban settings Willats also pursues working methods more specifically linked to the gallery space. These often take the form of models or simulations of everyday situations that call for active participation from the exhibition visitors.

To coincide with ‘How Tomorrow Looks From Here’ in the daadgalerie, MD72, Berlin, is staging ‘Berlin Local’ by Stephen Willats, featuring the new work ‘Berlin Local’ that was made in the area around Mehringdamm street Berlin.

The publication accompanying the two shows ‘How Tomorrow Looks From Here / Berlin Local’ and contains texts by Philipp Ziegler, John Kelsey and Caroline Busta as well as interviews with Stephen Willats by Ariane Beyn and Marianna von Palombini.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Staple-bound 24 pages 23 x 15 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 19 out of stock

Stephen Willats, Random Networks, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2003

This essay considers the relevance of networks to art practice and how they underpin communication and interpersonal relationships. It re-publishes texts from earlier writings on Systems (1965), Life Structures (1970), A State of Agreement (1973), and The Group as Social Analogue in Art Practice (1976). 
Published in 2003 by Artlab in association with Control Magazine.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Staple-bound 16 pages 21 x 15 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 19 out of stock

Stephen Willats, Multichannel Vision, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2000

An essay by Stephen Willats which considers how our experience and encounters with reality are transient and multi-dimensional and how this impacts on art practice, so that the artwork not only describes existing reality, but is transformational into a world of complexity and exchange.

Periodical First Edition Softcover Texts in English   As new       EUR 32 out of stock

Stephen Willats, Control Magazine #18, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2009

Despite the forwarding of new forms of socially based and engaged art practice by artists, a feature of culture in the last decades has been the ethos surrounding the possession of art objects. Art as property has not only persisted in our culture but has been celebrated and projected as adominate emulative icon.
What cannot be ignored at the time of producing Control Magazine, Issue Eighteen, is the sudden collapse of the financial markets that supported an inflated bubble. A bubble, which fostered the art object as financial investment.
Control Magazine Issue Eighteen presents texts by artists that offer a vision, a way forward which connects with people, to externalise their work into the real world today. 
In this new issue of Control Magazine a group of texts are presented by artists that are considered to have responded to recent cultural events and are offering strategies for the expression of social and community values in art practice.
 
Contributors:
Vito Acconci, Karolin Meunier, Stephen Willats, Erwin van Doorn, Dan Mitchell, Annette Krauss, Thomas Hirschhorn, Harmen de Hoop, Steve Rushton, Ricardo Basbaum, Phil Coy.

Periodical First Edition Softcover 28 pages 29 x 21 cm Texts in English   As new       EUR 32 ORDER

Stephen Willats, Control Magazine #17, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2007

The art practices that are represented in this issue … have in their various ways centered on the issues of meaning and function, and their counter consciousness to the object, property-based determinism of prevailing contemporary culture. An important aspect to the development of the work represented in Control Magazine has been the fostering of a network of relationships between artists and their modus operandi. Central to the feedback in these relationships is the practice of explanation, thus introducing a state of mutuality, an open social network, that is a catalyst for the progression of ideas – extract from the editorial.
 
Contributors:
FrenchMottershead, Jakob Jakobsen, Dan Kidner, Langlands & Bell, Emma Hedditch, Nils Norman, Miriam Steinhauser, Elly Clarke, Fritz Haeg, Stephen Willats, Johnny Spencer, Chris Hammond

Periodical First Edition Softcover 28 pages 29 x 21 cm Texts in English   As new       EUR 35 out of stock

Stephen Willats, Control Magazine #16, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 2001

One of the central roles of Control Magazine has been to act as a vehicle for the explanation of art practice between artists that are in the process of seeking a meaningful engagement in contemporary society. Hence explanation is seen as central to the development of individual art practice and the creation of networks between artists that activate and facilitate the creation of new paradigms on which relevant intervention into the social fabric can be based.
 
Contributors:
Jakob Jakobsen, David Goldenberg, Jesus Cruzvillegas, Art Lab, Nils Norman, Elinor Jansz, Christabel Stewart & Emily Pethick, Hamish Fulton, Sarah Staton, David Beech, Heinrich Sachs, Stephen Willats, Wolfgang Spanier

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Stephen Willats, Control Magazine #15, CONTROL MAGAZINE, 1996

This issue of Control Magazine brings together artists from different geographical and ideological backgrounds. The thread that binds them together is that they all, in their individual ways, have entered into an engagement with the interactive channel. Equally, they are all involved with the idea of a future art and its society, although from a variety of different standpoints.
(Extract from the Editorial)
 
Contributors:
Poster Studio, Edwin David, Stephen Dillemuth, Alan Murray, Denise Hawrysio, Oliver Whitehead, Alan Kane & Jeremy Deller, Sarah Staton, Mathew Higgs, Oliver Cieslik & Barbara Schenk, Mat Vaassen, Les Levine, Liam Gillick, Stephen Willats, Katie Bowden & Helen Eger

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