Micromegas

Monday 11th January – Friday 5th February, 2016

Curated by Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen

Open Mon –Fri, 10am – 4pm

Private view Tuesday 26 Jan 5-7pm

Public lecture by curators Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen Wednesday 27 Jan, The Collection, Lincoln, free entry.


This mobile exhibition/publication brings together posters by a range of artists which were commissioned in response to Voltaire’s Micromégas text
of 1752, a seminal work in the genre of science fiction which functions as a commentary on human foible, scientific superstitions and anti-utopias.

The large-scale posters form a component of the exhibition, and when folded, an element of the publication. The exhibition and publication investigate notions of portability, reproduction, distribution and presentation in contemporary art practice and curation with reference to Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte en Valise.

Micromegas: Powers of 10 brings together works by Pavel Büchler, Dora Garcia,Jonathan Monk, Scott Myles, Thomson & Craighead, Marco Stout, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, and a text by Mark Dorrian.

A second edition: Micromegas: Vagabond Flux contains digital print posters by Bik Van der Pol, Jonn Herschend, Jacques Longuecolline, Mick Peter, Laure Provost,Stefanos Pavlakis & Tobias Kauer, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen and booklet with essay by Emma Bolland.

Curated by Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, the project also explores issues central to their art practice; recycling, appropriation, reproduction, re- presentation and artist-led curatorial practice. Each component of the project contributes to an exploration of the innovative possibilities of visual publishing, of how and why an artist’s publication is able to exist in parallel to other structures in art discourse as a distinct yet crucial marker.

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