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Olaf Nicolai

Two readings from Olaf Nicolai & Jan Wenzel’s Four Times Through the Labyrinth

Wednesday 4 September 2019, 6pm
Free entry

During Bookworks, an evening of readings from German artist, Olaf Nicolai’s famed  publication, Four Times Through the Labyrinth was held featuring artist Archie Barry and philosopher Bryan Cooke. Published by Spector Books in 2013, and translated from the German by Sadie Plant, this publication serves as both a reference system to Nicolai’s work and an independent source book that explores and combines a broad spectrum of topics related to the labyrinth theme, from the fable of the minotaur to the floorplan of IKEA.

Renowned for his conceptual work, Nicolai uses publishing as a method to translate, contextualise and examine his practice. With almost one hundred publications to date, Nicolai’s participation in Bookworks also included a new iteration of HOW TO PRODUCE A SITE-SPECIFIC WORK ANYWHERE, which involved a doppelgänger acting as the artist for a period before the show.

Olaf Nicolai participated in Bookworks, a survey of contemporary artist book publishing guest curated by Warren Taylor at Monash University Museum of Art, 24 July – 21 September 2019.

Image: Olaf Nicolai and Jan Wenzel, Four Times Through the Labyrinth, Spector Books, Leipzig, and Rollo Press, Zürich, 2012