Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Art Archives Exhibition

September 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

Delighted to contribute to Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Art’s exhibition on archives at Saikotei Yamaguchi as part of YICA 20th anniversary celebrations…thank you 中野良寿 Yoshihisa Nakano for beautiful photos…


July 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

LUX Scotland presents: Fed from the fiery springs

Glasgow Film Theatre. 12 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RB

Sunday July 29, 2018. 7:45 – 9:15pm


United by an engagement with the elemental forces of nature on volcanic islands and city streets, Fed from the fiery springs is a programme of artists’ moving image with a new performative lecture from Glasgow based artist Ilana Halperin.

Coinciding with Joan Jonas’s major exhibition at Tate Modern, the programme offers a rare chance to see Jonas’s Volcano Saga (1989) featuring Tilda Swinton in an imaginative retelling of 13th century Icelandic myths, alongside Trisha Baga and Jessie Stead’s take on the conventions of the spaghetti western on a volcanic island in Stromboli (2014) and Cinthia Marcelle’s stoked up tension at a zebra-crossing in Confronto (2005).

The programme will close with a new performative lecture inspired by artist Ilana Halperin’s longstanding geological research. Minerals of New York (2018) sees Halperin work with 18 photographs of the Manhattan street where she grew up, taken by her mother in 1986 prior to its demolition during a wave of gentrification.

Fed from the fiery springs has been selected by independent curator and writer Graham Domke, who will give a short introduction to the programme.

  • Running time 1h30m


Cosmogonies opening soon at MAMAC Nice

May 26, 2018 § Leave a comment

Opening soon, in amazing company at MAMAC – Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice


The Rock Cycle Yamaguchi

May 24, 2018 § Leave a comment

I am delighted to announce The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi), a research fellowship hosted by Akiyoshidai International Artist Village in Yamaguchi, Japan. With curatorial support from Naoko Mabon/Wagon, project support from Keijiro Suzuki and generous funding from Creative Scotland and Hope Scott Trust. With deep gratitude to Yoshihisa Nakano for the invitation to learn about the wonders of Akiyoshidai and Yamaguchi. Thank you to a wonderful team in Yamaguchi, Scotland and on!

You can follow daily geologic adventures on instagram here :


Photo by Naoko Mabon


April 18, 2018 § Leave a comment

Advance copies of beautiful FLINT MAGAZINE can now be ordered…here is a preview of my contribution – a prologue to the project MINERALS OF NEW YORK!





Flint Magazine is an unbound multimedia journal modeled after Aspen Magazine, the highly influential art journal “in a box.” Like Aspen, Flint Magazine will examine contemporary art practice and criticism, however Flint Magazine offers a poetic antonym of sorts: where Aspen is a tree – Flint is a rock.



March 24, 2018 § Leave a comment


On February 13, 2018 STUK will be taken over by Artefact, an exhibition and festival on the crossroads of contemporary visual arts, current events and societal challenges. Artefact presents contemporary art practices that engage with complex topics, ‘wicked problems’, urgent themes that unite or divide us, in a a poetic, critical and experiential way.

This Rare Earth — Stories from Below directs our gaze down to our feet, to the geological materials that lie beneath the earth’s surface. The exhibition and festival gives voice to the stories told by these geological materials, conflict minerals and metals, and rare earth elements. The artworks involved focus on the political, economic and ecological implications of their circulation; from mining, processing, and trading, to use, and recycling. And they reconnect the elements of earth with their cosmic origins: ‘as above, so below’.

Specific attention goes out to artist practices going beyond critical reporting, towards an embedded, involved way of relating to the geological turn. They shed light on otherwise invisible themes, create new narratives, or offer alternative concepts that can help us in creating a different understanding of or perspective on the fundamental connection between man and mineral, and between body, earth and cosmos.

With works by Otobong Nkanga (NG), Ilana Halperin (US), Julian Charrière (CH), Justin Bennett (UK), Cecilia Jonsson (SE), Prabhakar Pachpute (IN) & Rupali Patil (IN), Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE), Unknown Fields (AU/UK), Füsun Türetken (TR), Lise Autogena (DK) & Joshua Portway (UK), Susanne Kriemann (DE), Lara Almarcegui (ES), Sissel Marie Tonn (DK), Milo Rau (CH), Ursula Biemann (CH) & Mo Diener (CH), Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS), Kirstie van Noort (NL) & Xandra van der Eijk (NL)


Karen Verschooren & Ils Huygens (Z33)


Image credit : STUK Leuven

The Library of Earth Anatomy is now open…

October 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

I am delighted to announce that the Library of Earth Anatomy is open, up and running and can be visited in the Bay Observatory at The Exploratorium now and into the geologic future…

The Library – part sculpture, part mobile geological field station, features a new contemplation based Geology collection and an accompanying card catalog, a rock handling collection, a selection of inspirational geological printed matter and a petrographic microscope for exploring the geological universe in thin section.

Rocks are records of events that took place at the time they formed. They are books. They have a different vocabulary, a different alphabet, but you learn how to read them. 

 —John McPhee