For "firststepcousinbarprize" Liam Gillick will present a series of new works that function in parallel to his recent reconsiderations of how conscience and ethics take form in a post industrial environment. The show meanders between fiction and documentary and is closely connected with the new book Gillick is currently writing called "Literally No Place", a title which can be understood as one possible translation of the word "utopia".
The gallery will provide a space where the thoughts and speculations take the form of new structures, screens and cubes. These are combined with titles and a wall text that play with the improvised quality and occasional brutality of 16th Century English language at the dawn of our contemporary concept of conscience as a legal defence and a humanistic expression.
Since the late 80s Liam Gillick has been working with text and objects that work in parallel to the construction of implicit elements in a constructive de-coding of the semiotics of the built world. His work occupies a middle ground, somewhere between the intentional planning of architectural space and dislocated adjustments at the heart of speculative change.
The works in "firststepcousinbarprize" flicker between a provisional architecture and carriers of memory combined with selective documentation. The exhibition is a collapse of time and the bringing together of discordant historical moments, both real and fictional, carried within a spare environment.
The exhibition fluctuates between times and ideas, between a society’s desire to invent and describe a better world and to cruelly punish its perception of resistance when it is expressed as a question of conscience. The objects on show function like a filter for the speculative structure of the exhibition and the forthcoming book. The forthcoming book will address revised ethics and reformulations of conscience in a post-utopian environment expressed through three separate narratives, "cousin", "bar", "prize" and an extensive commentary. "firststepcousinbarprize" sets the scene for a film in real time that remains rooted in the way our urban environment carries traces of our desires and our resistance to change.