Zoë Mendelson This Mess is a Place
Edited, Compiled and Misfiled by Zoë Mendelson
This Mess examines hoarding and its relationship to collection across disciplines. Art practice and critical theory co-exist with clinical and scientific research, thus creating overlaps and crises of ‘usefulness’ akin to submersion of materials within a hoard or pursuits of order within collection. The publication is unbound – illogical and precarious, containing loose leaves and nominal filing systems. The reader is responsible for ordering/dis-ordering the piece.
CONTRIBUTORS (full list):
Artistic projects by Jim Bay (UK); Michel Blazy (FR); Carrie M Becker (USA); Marjolijn Dijkman (NL); Nat Goodden (UK), Jefford Horrigan (UK); Dean Hughes (UK); Mierle Laderman Ukeles (USA); Robert Melee (USA); Zoë Mendelson (UK); Florence Peake (UK); Michael Samuels (UK); Kathryn Spence (USA); Tomoko Takahashi; Robin Waart (NL); Julian Walker (UK) and Laura White (UK).
Essays and documents by Dr. Colin Jones (Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Applied Health and Social Sciences, UK); Dr. Haidy Geismar (lecturer in digital anthropology and material culture, US/UK);Jeremy Gill (urban planner and theorist, AUS); Cecilie Gravesen (artist, curator and writer, UK/Den); Dr. Alberto Pertusa (consultant psychiatrist, UK); Daniel Rourke (artist and researcher, UK); Isobel Hunter (archivist and Head of Engagement at the National Archives, UK); Satwant Singh (nurse practitioner and cognitive behavourial therapist, UK); Nina Folkersma (curator and critic, NL); Alberto Duman (artist, writer, UK).
The publication also includes documentary photography by Paula Salischiker (ARG) and an interview with an anonymous hoarder’s daughter.
25 x 19 cm, 205 pages, digital and risograph printing, varied papers, portfolio of pamphlets and loose leaves in a printed card folio.
Published using AND Public and supported by Wellcome Trust and Artsadmin. October 2013.
Concept and design by Zoë Mendelson in collaboration with And Publishing.
Logo by Carolin Jap Lim