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Robert Ashley Speaking Thru Will Holder
June 14th, 2012 – June 16th, 2012

Fillip and the Western Front are pleased to present several events by British typographer Will Holder as part of the Front’s new Scrivener’s Monthly series.

Scrivener’s Monthly explores the space between material practices and spoken words: a periodical that talks. Set alongside the exhibitions program at The Western Front, this experiment in “not publishing” will involve readings, performances, and other articulations.

For the first iteration of Scrivener’s Monthly, from June 2 to June 17, Will Holder will be researcher-in-residence at the Western Front. During his stay, Holder will host a series of events related to the work of contemporary American composer Robert Ashley.*

Daily Public Events (8 pm)

June 14, Talk: An Evening with Robert Ashley
June 15, Performance: Robert Ashley’s The Entrance (1966) with Julia Feyrer
June 16, Recital: Yes, But Is It Edible? (1999) and playback of Pillars (2007)

Location: The Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

* Since 2005, Will Holder and Alex Waterman have been scoring “Yes, But Is It Edible?”, a biography of Robert Ashley, for four or more voices. Forthcoming, 2013.


About the Speaker

Will Holder is a British typographer who edits and publishes. His publications do not always take the form of ink and paper, but are often talks, presentations, readings, or rehearsals. Since 2005, he and composer Alex Waterman have been developing a notational system for Robert Ashley’s last three untranscribed operas. Last year, Holder held an exhibition, ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] BOB […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […], at Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp. In 2009, he curated the exhibition Talk Show at the ICA, London. Next year, he will be the anchor artist at The Artist’s Institute, New York. He lives in East London with his wife, teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and edits F.R.DAVID, a journal concerned with reading and writing in the arts, published by de Appel, Amsterdam.

Event History
2013
  1. Slide Shows at X Marks the Bökship
  2. Institutions by Arists Launch at Et al.
  3. Intangible Economies at Artists Space
2012
  1. Institutions by Artists
  2. Intangible Economies at Art Berlin Contemporary
  3. Sumi Ink Club
  4. Grouper: Sleep
  5. Robert Ashley Speaking Thru Will Holder
  6. Fillip 16: Berlin Launch
  7. Fillip 16: Toronto Launch
  8. Pa/per View Art Book Fair
  9. It's a Book, It's a Stage, It's a Public Place
  10. Destroy All Monsters Screening
  11. Fillip at ARCO Experts Forum
2011
  1. Intangible Economies
  2. Quiz Night
  3. David Horvitz: Room 129
  4. Recent Publications
  5. Of Times Recent and Distant
  6. Secondary Information: The Persistence and Absence of Criticism
2010
  1. The AAAARG Library
  2. Everything is Dangerous
  3. Fillip 12 Now Available
  4. Unter dem Motto
  5. International Chilliwack Biennial
  6. Motto Storefront: Ooga Booga
  7. Motto Storefront: Working Format
  8. Motto Storefront: Metahaven
  9. Motto Storefront: Oscar Tuazon
  10. Motto Storefront: Andjeas Ejiksson
  11. Motto Storefront: Avalanche Launch and Screening
  12. Motto Storefront: Rob Giampietro
  13. Motto Storefront: Stuart Bailey
  14. Motto Storefront
  15. John C. Welchman on Paul McCarthy’s Pirate Project
  16. David Horvitz Artist Talk
  17. Mark Manders: Window with Fake Newspapers and Traducing Ruddle
  18. Getting Something Into One's Head
2009
  1. Autogestion Book Launch
  2. Fillip Library and Reading Room Launch
  3. Fillip Summer Sale
  4. Corinn Gerber of Passenger Books
  5. Stockholm and Berlin Launches
  6. David Horvitz of ASDF
  7. Montréal Launch and Collaboration
  8. Issue Nine Vancouver Launch
  9. Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
  10. Fillip Review Panel: February 2009
2008
  1. The Apartment Inhabits the Fillip Studio
  2. Vancouver Launch of Two Artist Multiples
  3. Nick Thurston of Information as Material
  4. Rotterdam Dialogues: The Critics
  5. Fillip Review Panel: October 2008
  6. Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister
  7. Next: Documentary Perspectives in Contemporary Art
  8. Paul Chan Screening
  9. Issue Seven Vancouver Launch & Talk
  10. 22nd KIOSK Exhibition in Rennes
2007
  1. Fillip at castillo/corrales, Paris
  2. Fillip at the New York Art Book Fair
  3. LA Launch and Talk
  4. A History of Tokyo Art Speak
  5. Issue Five Vancouver Launch
2006
  1. New York Art Book Fair
  2. Word on the Street
  3. The Invisible Reading Room
  4. Kiosk: Modes of Multiplication
2005
  1. Fillip Issue 1 Launch