On Perfection (Book)

An Artists' Symposium

Edited by Jo Longhurst

Based on a 2012 symposium on Perfection, held at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London, this book explores the ways in which artists engage with ideas of perfection, drawing on screenings, performances and discussions. The symposium featured the work of an eclectic group of artists and writers, who use photographic lenses of many kinds to create works that engage with or disrupt ideas of perfection. Framed from an artist’s perspective and spanning a diverse range of artworks that question how these ideas shape our personal identities and our social and political systems, On Perfection considers the multifaceted nature of lens-based practices.

Category: Performing Arts

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Jo Longhurst is an artist and a former Leverhulme Fellow of the European Centre for Photographic Research at the University of South Wales, Newport.

INTRODUCTION – Jo Longhurst

FOREWORD – Alfredo Cramerotti

A NOTE FROM OUR SPONSOR – Robert Hiscox

DESPOILING THE IDEAL – Eva Stenram

ON PERFECTION & AFFIRMATION IN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY – Mark Durden

LEADING PLATO INTO THE DARKROOM – Clive Cazeaux

FAILURE & PERFECTION: FILM WORKS BY JULIAN ROSEFELDT –Julian Rosefeldt

CLIVE CAZEAUX & JULIAN ROSEFELDT DISCUSSION – Chaired by Liam Devlin

THE EFFORT OF PERFECTION: PERFORMING ADOLESCENCE – Catherine Grant

OTHER SPACES: NEW WORKS WITH ELITE GYMNASTS – Jo Longhurst

A PERFECT MYTH – Ray Müller, Director of The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, In Conversation with Ceri Higgins

ERNST JÜNGER & POST-HUMAN PERFECTION – David Evans

SEEING THROUGH – Francette Pacteau

BOUNDARY LINES – Leslie Dick, with Audrey Wollen

PERFECTING DESIRE: RECONCILING MEMORY – Jonathan Whitehall

A PERFECT STRIKE: DOUBLE STANDARDS & ATTACKS ON PERFECTION – Michal Heiman

JONATHAN WHITEHALL & MICHAL HEIMAN DISCUSSION – Chaired by Liam Devlin

THE PERFECT STUDENT – Oriana Fox

ZIDANE: A 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT, A FILM BY DOUGLAS GORDON 315

& PHILIPPE PARRENO – Dan Hill

EREWHON – Jane and Louise Wilson

DECONSTRUCTING GENDER IDENTITY & NON-PERFECTION IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF YURIE NAGASHIMA – Marco Bohr

LOUISE WILSON & MARCO BOHR DISCUSSION – Chaired by Mark Durden

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