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Neil Ferguson
Imagine/Image I


Gianfranco Baruchello: Imagine/Image
Unit 2 Gallery
London Metropolitan University

May 13 - 28, 2004

curator and symposium organiser

This exhibition and symposium constituted the first stage of IMAGINE/IMAGE, launched in 2003 when Neil Ferguson, Linden Reilly and Chris Smith of the Visual Arts Practice Group met with Gianfranco Baruchello and Carla Subrizzi in Rome marking the outset of collaboration between the London Metropolitan University and the Fondazione Baruchello.

press release:

The collaboration would question the contemporary role of the image and imagination and looked to develop "conversations" through image, writing and wider practice. The events would adopt a format of exhibition/event, booklet with symposium/discussion.

Baruchello has had a presence in major galleries since 1961, including the Guggenheim, MOMA in New York and Venice Biennale as a painter, filmmaker and writer. He knew Duchamp as friend and mentor, yet a crucial element in his thinking is the struggle between his own vision and the impact of Duchamp. Baruchello ran a farm as an artwork, and his resultant paintings, drawings, films and writings offer rich insight into systems of imagination in art practice and documentation of events.

The first part of the collaboration began with an exhibition of Baruchello drawings and videos followed by a symposium, with Baruchello in front of his artworks, supported by a booklet of writings on Imagine/Image containing contributions from Baruchello and Ferguson amongst others. The symposium addressed how we attend to our imagining and the conception and execution of image making as conversations through images. The discussions and presentations raised questions about the necessity of making art, neuro-imagination and acting out imagining as sensing through experiential knowledge.

Imagine/Image booklet

Imagine/Image symposium transcript

Imagine / Image in Nero magazine

related outcomes:
Neil Ferguson: Imagine/Image
Neil Ferguson: Imagine/Image II

back to Neil Ferguson home page

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