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  • Issue.02August 2005

    an independently produced art-zine

  • Shes gone off on another tangentcreating a small, independent art zine.

    Its purpose? To inform and amuse in bite-size chunks. Quick n Dirty, Black n White, each issue contains features on artists

    and arts listings in the South London area and beyond.

    The plan is to publish 6 - 8 times a year.

    Contributions welcome in the form of text/images/drawings.

    To get the skinny on how to supply artwork contact:Karen DAmico

    via email: [email protected]

    PDFs can be downloaded from the website:

    www.tangent.org.uk Printed copies can be collected at the following locations:

    The South London GallerySpace Station 65

    Studio VoltaireTransition Gallery

    all content karen damico 2005 unless otherwise noted. all contributions fully credited


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    connect [event]

    The Annual Grouup Photograph

    [observe] Room at Transition Gallery

    Kutlug Atamams KubaMartha Rosler at the ICA


    Soundbite CultureArtist for Sale


    Thoughts on a Grey Day

    catch [inform] Arts Listings


  • connect: Ann-Marie LeQuesneAssemble


    Ann-Marie LeQuesnes work has been described as social and collaborative. Simply put, she asks people to pose for and participate in group photographs in various locations, ranging from Arsenal Football Stadium to Battersea Power Station. The results produce a series of images which, among other things, reflect an interesting dynamic between group identity and individuality.

    Now in its 8th year, her project, The Annual Group Photograph has become a sort of institution of its own, developing a following involving all sorts of people, some of whom have participated from its inception back in November of 1997. So it was fitting, then, for the 2005 event to be staged at IKEA, with the theme family photographs in mind. Having participated in the event, I can confirm that it felt very much like that, with people from previous events linking up, having a chat and catching up, much like any large family event.

    One of the best bits about Ann-Maries events is that they are fun. You get to go do something fairly off the wall with a large group of people, like assemble round the furniture displays in the Tottenham Hale IKEA store, for instance, pretending to raise a toast, or line up on the escalators and wave en mass, whilst other shoppers walk by and either smile or scratch their heads in confusion. These events seem to bring out the best in people, be they participants or observers, and its interesting to consider where that boundary lies.

    Here We Are With Everyone Else, The 6th Annual Group Photograph, The Zoology Department, The Natural History Museum, 2003, by Ann-Marie LeQuesne



  • when did you first know you wanted to be an artist?It wasnt when I was 3! I probably got seriously interested in the idea when I was at college.

    what inspires you?Other people with obsessions.

    what was your first big break?Doing the Shoot exhibition at Gasworks Gallery. A lot of things seemed to follow on from that show.

    smartest thing you ever did in terms of your work?I began to let go and allow things to happen.

    worst mistake in terms of your work?Not following through on ideas--leaving them half resolved.

    best bit about being an artist?The freedom to invent.

    worst bit about being an artist?The permanent worry about money.

    what shows have you seen recently?Open Systems at Tate Modern; ditto Frida Kahlo; Colour show at the Barbican; Amikam Toren and John Frankland at Matts; Rirkrit Tiravanija; Pet-tastic; Tacuinum Sanitatis at Sam Fogg; The Factory of Found Clothes at White Space Gallery.

    Ann-Marie will present Enclose, a performance refrencing nomadic living in 2006.

    asked & answeredAnn-Marie LeQuesne

    Five; The 5th Annual Group Photograph, Arsenal Football Stadium, 2002, by Ann-Marie LeQuesne

    Hi Mum!; The 4th Annual Group Photograph, Battersea Power Station, 2001, by Ann-Marie LeQuesne



  • Delaine Le Bass installation, Room is a proliferation of belongings; items, remnants, kitsch objects and scraps, all of which seem to fill the space to overflowing. From paintings to miniature toys to scrapbooks bursting with keepsakes, it is a treasure trove of objects, both constructed and collected. Considered by some to be an outsider artist in that her work does not sit comfortably in your basic mainstream gallery space, Delaines concerns are timely, relevant and reflective of todays world. Notions of home, identity, exclusion and the other are explored in her many assemblages, and reflections on her Romany heritage are alluded to and commented upon.

    Of particular interest were the Binliner Dolls, constructed from plastic binbags, each with cherub-like faces peeking out from their dark, somewhat sinister hoods. Signifiers of the all-too-typical perception that Travelers and Gypsies are throwaway people, easily dismissed and ignored, the dolls also have an endearing, somewhat disarming quality about them; a nice juxtaposition, putting a face to a stereotype, as it were.

    The scrapbooks were another thing I really liked. The notebooks of varying sizes were stuffed to overflowing, so much so that some had to be tied shut in order to contain what was inside. Heaving with images, text, quirky drawings, pieces of material and bits from newspapers and magazines attached in a chaotic yet rhythmic way, they became objects in their own right.

    On a purely aestetic level, for me, Room works as a sort of Eye Candy for the Soul. On a critical level, questions are being asked, sometimes quite pointedly, and stereotypes eroded. Certainly nothing to be dismissed easily.

    connect: Delaine Le BasRoom




  • connect: Kutlug AtamamKuba


    Turkish artist Kutlug Ataman, in conjunction with Artangel, has created Kuba, probably the most amazing video installation Ive ever experienced. It is deeply touching, compelling, powerful. It offers the viewer a rare glimpse of the Kuba community in Istanbul, and with it the opportunity to look with fresh eyes at a segment of humanity that is, for the most part, dismissed, ostracized or ignored.

    Whether or not the stories being told are true or fantasy ceases to matter; what you come away with is a feeling of having connected on a very intimate level with those you would most likely never meet in your own life; their hopes and their despair, their everyday experiences. From this, one of the most striking aspects within each narrative was that element of hope and optimism in spite of everything, against all the odds, flickering tenatively, but present nonetheless.

    In these days of soundbites and throwaway terms used to describe the disinfranchised, their re-humanising in Atamams work indeed becomes a triumph.

    Kuba is now on the move, the work having been disbursed throught the city in a diasporic manner, to be re-housed in various locations.



  • connect: Martha RoslerLondon Garage Sale


    A timely show, this, in the midst of Live8, G-8, the

    hoo haa about the so-called Celebrity Artists parties

    at the Venice Biennale and the Shop Til You Drop

    consumer culture we all, like it or not, inhabit and

    indulge in, to some degree. What I liked best about

    this show was the fact that Rosler placed the element

    of responsibiity - and choice - squarely in the lap

    of the viewer (or, should I say, consumer.) More

    than just commenting on consumer culture, art as

    a commodity, or feminist notions of domesticity and

    how we define value, it was a challenge of sorts to

    our own sensabilities in terms of those issues. Where

    are the demarcation lines between commodification

    and art, between being the voyeur and the participant,

    between the need to posses, for our own perceived

    need or desire for the object and the need to possess

    just because someone famous has previously

    possessed something? The best bit, by far, was the

    fact that all proceeds from the jumble sale were

    donated to charity. True to form, she put her money

    where her mouth was, as the saying goes. Impressive.



  • SoundBite Cultureactreactreactreactreactreactreactreactreactreactreactreactreactreactreact

    A thought terminating clich is a commonly-used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance, especially in cases where the person experiencing the cognitive dissonance might resolve it by reaching a thought-provoking epiphany.

    The term was popularized by Robert Lifton in his book Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism.

    The thought terminating clich is related to the opaque pigeonhole, or closed category, which also does not permit analysis.

    In George Orwells novel Nineteen Eighty-Four the fictional constructed language

    Newspeak is designed to reduce language entirely to a set of thought-terminating clichs.This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Thought-terminating cliche.

    thought terminating cliches de jour



    The War On Terror

    Soft Targets

    Collateral Damage


    Friendly Fire

    Theatre of Operations

    Assylum Seeker

    Global Warming

    Embedded Journalism

    Axis of Evil


    Regime Change


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    Are words becoming weapons of mass distraction? What does the term insurgent actually mean? More importantly, what does it mean to us when we hear it or read it, which these days, even before the unspeakably horrible bombings of 7th of July, seems to be quite a lot? Its in the news

    all the time - a new buzz word for the war in Iraq. Is it a softer, less threatening, replacement type of term, similar to WMDs, whose abbreviation and over-use quickly lost any impact and meaning? An example: upon hearing the term WMD, do you think:

    (a) shrapnel flying, bombs going off and lots of people being maimed / killed / lives destroyed

    (b) another mind numbing speech by Jack Straw attempting to justify the war in Iraq or

    (c) not a lot, really.

    Another example: A recent article in the Guardian, written on the eve of Bushs speech to once again


  • 11attempt to rally the worlds waning support for the war in Iraq, used the term insurgent 11 times. On telly, it seems to me that the media increasingly portrays the news as if it were a trailer for the next Hollywood Blockbuster, complete with with eye-catching graphics and catchy taglines. Are we distracted from the reality of whats happening by the plethora of language thats repeatedly used, to the point where we no longer think about or care whats being said? Are we bored with thinking about the war - or should I say, wars? The events of 7 July notwithstanding, what happens when the lexicon of language begins to cause words and phrases to become meaningless?


  • Celebrity culture is nothing new but it seems to me that celebrity artists are the new black. The Great and the Good of the London Art World are suddenly must-haves on every socialites guest list, the Rock Stars of Art. We read more about what parties they attend than what show theyre in. We see photos of them schmoozing with fashionistas in the pages of Hello! and ES Magazine. We hear chatter about the woes of being in the 40% tax bracket rather than what the work is about. What I wanna know is, where the hells the art? Or, more pointedly, is being a celebrity the art?

    Ive thought about this notion of artist as celebrity off and on for a good long while and whilst reading a review in the Observer of the Venice Biennale recently, it raised the issue again. The Venice Biennale is the piece de resistance, the cremde la creme. Along with Documenta, it could be said that its the contemporary art worlds Nobel Peace Prize, its Oscar, the ultimate benchmark of respect by ones peers. Its an international showcase of work for the works sake. Cause for celebration? Most definitely. But Id like it better if the mainstream

    media gave a few more column inches to what was being celebrated, in addition to all the party coverage.

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    The Observer review was, for the most part, a critique of the parties, with a lot of celebrity photos - artists and otherwise. Reading it was more like reading the social pages of Tattler (Tattler!! Just think about that for a minute.) than reading a review of arguably one of the most important shows in the world. Oh, the parties! Look, theres Tracey with a Rolling Stone! Whats she wearing? Westwood again? Whats that she said about the highlight of her visit being that she was flown in on a private jet? Finally, at the end of the review (3 full pages, mind)

    theres a mention of the art, which boiled down to two paragraphs proclaiming the show a great success: Yaaa, the shows great, fab, stupendous! Not to be missed! The review, to me, furthered the myth of artists as substance abusing, irrational, self-obsessed egotists. Ok, perhaps that isnt a myth, not totally, anyway. But still.

    Now Im not one to slag off parties - I like PVs as much as the next person and hey, theres nothing at all wrong with throwing a doozie if you have the means, nor is there anything wrong with enjoying said doozie. A good piss up is always fun, and one filled with interesting people all the better. The world should

    definitely have more parties! What I struggle with is the mainstream medias

    representation of the art world elite, portraying them as one-dimensional, non-stop-party-going, photo-op-seeking media sluts. I just cannot believe thats entirely accurate. And, if the mainstream media is to be believed (stop laughing) is this what we are aspiring towards - being snapped sipping champers with Jade Jagger and Paris Hilton and appearing on the pages of Hello!? Perhaps Im naive but I believe this sort of portrayal is a fiction and that artists such as Gilbert &

    George, Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin, whilst perhaps cultivating an over-the-top persona to some degree, (hey, why not live your myth?) are actually pretty serious about their work when it gets right down to it. Party on, but have a look at the work too.


  • A million years ago, back in the early 70s, I went to see Stephen Stills at the Berkley Community Theatre in California. It was my first proper

    gig, and marked the beginning of many Crosby Stills & Nash gigs over

    the next several years, in their various incarnations, with and without Young. Much of the music of that era was Love Peace Dove, full of anti

    war anthems and exhortations to the Powers That Be to stop and consider what they were doing. Like any self-respecting middle-class-wannabe-hippie, I knew all the words to all the songs by all the bands and believed in their message fervently. Post Flower-Power and Pre-Punk, I was convinced that the collective voice could somehow make

    a difference, if only those fuckwits in the White House would listen. I saw CS&N again recently at the Hammersmith Apollo; a nostalgic, warm and

    whimsical evening. Watching these geezers up there having such a good time, bantering with each other and the audience, singing songs written over 30 years ago about another war in another time, I couldnt help

    thinking, we could somehow make a difference if only those fuckwits in the White House and, well, everywhere really, would listen.

    reflectreflectreflectreflectreflectThoughts on a Grey Day

  • informinforminforminforminformin-catch: Arts Listings

    galleries, weblinks, etc.

    Publications[an] magazine www.a-n.co.uk Arty Magazine www.artymagazine.comLeisure Centre www.leisurecentre.org.ukPublish and Be Damned www.publishandbedamned.org

    WeblinksArtangel www.artangel.org.ukArtinliverpool www.artinliverpool.com.blogArtquest www.artquest.org.ukArt South Central www.artsouthcentral.org.ukEyebeam www.eyebeam.orgHappy Famous Artists www.happyfamousartists.blogspot.comRe-Title www.re-title.comRhizome www.rhizome.orgStand Assembly www.standassembly.orgThe Caravan Gallery www.thecaravangallery.co.ukTheory.Org www.theory.orgZekes Gallery www.zekesgallery.blogspot.com

    Galleries / Studios / Resources198 Gallery (SE24) www.198gallery.co.uk 020 7978 8309Brixton Art Gallery (SW9) www.brixtonartgallery.co.uk 020 7733 6957Cafe Gallery Projects (SE16) www.cafegalleryprojects.com 020 7237 1230Candid Arts Trust (EC1) www.candidarts.com 020 7837 4237Clapham Art Gallery (SW4) www.claphamartgallery.com 020 7720 0955Gasworks (SE11) www.gasworks.org.uk 020 7582 6848Hames Levack (W1) www.hameslevack.com 020 7493 7775Hayward Gallery (SE1) www.hayward.org.uk 020 7921 0813inIVA (EC2) www.iniva.org 020 7729 9616ICA (SW1) www.ica.org.uk 020 7930 3647Photographers Gallery (WC2) www.photonet.org.uk 020 7831 1772Photofusion (SW9) www.photofusion.org 020 7738 5774South London Gallery (SE5) www.southlondongallery.org 020 7703 6120Space Station 65 (SE22) www.spacestationsixtyfive.com 020 8693 5995Space Studios (E8) www.spacestudios.org.uk 020 8525 4330 Studio Voltaire (SW4) www.studiovoltaire.org 020 7622 1294 Tate Modern (SE1) www.tate.org.uk 020 7887 8000Transition Gallery (E9) www.transitiongallery.co.uk 020 8533 7843


  • Tangent is an independently produced Art-Zine created

    by artist Karen DAmico. At present the publication is free

    and is published 6 - 8 times per year.

    For further information visit the website at tangent.org.uk

    or email [email protected]

    Issue 3 low tech will be out in October