We are behind
Presented as the blueprints for three public lectures, We are behind proposes alternative routes through Emily Wardill’s work and represents three different attempts at embodying and dissembling knowledge.
Using different formal textual devices, from which they also deviate—a standard lecture, the subject of which becomes something felt, not taught; an a-chronological conversation; and the transcript of a play rendered as a formal essay—each section describes the different facets of an ongoing dialogue between the authors. Fragmented not only by dialogic turns, appropriated texts, images, a score and quotations, and containing extensive reproductions of Wardill’s work, the book’s content and design reflects the labyrinthine, and sometimes hallucinogenic quality of her films and their radical combination of form, content and idea.
We are behind is co-published by Book Works, London, and de Appel, Amsterdam to accompany Emily Wardill's solo exhibition windows broken, break, broke together, curated by Ian White, 17 September—28 November 2010. Printed offset in an edition of 1,500 copies, colour and b/w, 160 pages with a soft cover. Designed by A Practice for Everyday Life, 160 x 230 mm.
This publication is part of Emily Wardill’s exhibition "windows broken, break, broke together" at de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam, 17 September – 28 November 2010.
In the beginning, middle and end of the exhibition Emily Wardill and Ian White will give Public Lectures that are conceived as a triptych evolving around essential themes in Wardill’s work. This triptych is the structure on which this book is built.