Index 19: Rise Early, Be Industrious

12 October 2016, 19:00–22:00

Still from Children and Video, 1976, Art and Environment course, Open University
Still from Children and Video, 1976, Art and Environment course, Open University
Olivia Plender: Open Forum, installation view, Rise Early Be Industrious, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2012
Olivia Plender: Google Office: Entrepreneurial Garden, installation view, Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum 2010

Book presentation and film screening with Olivia Plender.

Rise Early, Be Industrious, published on the occasion of a series of recent exhibitions, documents the work of artist Olivia Plender over the past decade, and summarizes the research that has informed her practice. The book navigates through historical and contemporary models of education and communication, and their relation to work ethics, which include learning games, world fairs, television and the internet.

Olivia Plender will present the publication and discuss her ongoing interest in alternative education and its relation to shifting paradigms of value, together with Axel Wieder, director of Index. The event will include a screening of two films from the Open University’s Art and Environment course, an education experiment making use of public broadcasting channels in the UK that is an important reference in Plender’s work: Children and Video (1976) and Whatever Will Be (1977).

Rise Early, Be Industrious was published on the occasion of a series of exhibitions at MK Gallery, Arnolfini, CCA Glasgow and Banff Centre, and includes texts by Maeve Connolly, Angus Cameron, Lars Bang Larssen and Tirdad Zolghadr.

Olivia Plender is an artist based in Stockholm. Her work examines the ideological framework around the narration of history. She has exhibited most recently at Maureen Paley Gallery, London (2016), and curated an exhibition of Sylvia Pankhurst’s art works at Tate Britain, London (with The Emily Davison Lodge).

Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious, edited by Remco de Blaaij, Gerrie van Noord, Olivia Plender, with texts by Angus Cameron, Maeve Connolly, Lars Bang Larsen, Olivia Plender, Tirdad Zolghadr.
Sternberg Press, with Arnolfini, The Banff Centre, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, and MK Gallery, April 2016, English
ISBN 978-3-95679-174-1

Index 19 is a weekly events series in Index’ front space. Presenting single works, films, readings and discursive events, the aim is to create a space for dialogue with our surrounding community and visitors. Index 19 is a flexible program initiative, with one night or returning events by international artists and Stockholm-based initiatives.

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