Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held October 12 - December 8, 2007. Essay by Joseph del Pesco. Artists include BGL, Conrad Bakker, Beth Campbell, Germaine Koh, Valerie Hegarty, Isola and Norzi, Chadwick Rantanen, Derek Sullivan and Anne Walsh. Comments by Alexander Alberro, Woody Allen, Arjun Appadurai, Michael Asher, Bela Balazs, Robert Barry, Bernard of Chartres, Bill Brown, Daniel Buren, William Bourroughs, John Cage, Roger Caillois, Germano Celant, Michel de Certeau, Gordon Matta Clark, Guy Debord, John Dewey, Clive Dilnot, Terry Eagleton, Andrea Fraser, Alfred Gell, Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Gondry, Elizabeth Grosz, J. Hoberman, Harry Houdini, Ivan Karp, Fred Wilson, Frederick J. Kiesler, Miwon Kwon, Louise Lawler, Félix Leclerc, Bruce Lee, Henry Lefebvre, Jonathan Lethem, James Lingwood, Francisco Lopez, Karl Marx, Mario Merz, Vladimir Nabokov, Carsten Nicolai, Scott Oliver, Georges Perec, Max Perutz, Pet Shop Boys, Dimitri Shostakovich, Robert Smithson, Micheal Taussig, Sven Olav Wallenstein, Paul Virillio, Lawrence Weiner and Gilberto Zorio.
"On Being an Exhibition borrows Michael Asher’s 'Situational Aesthetics' as a point of departure toward the development of an exhibition that leverages this pre-conditioning of the viewer, the physical language of the gallery, and the packaging and promotion of its contents. By implicating these infra-structural aspects of the institution, On Being An Exhibition intends to interrupt the situation of the gallery experience and recontextualize the production of an exhibition.
Asher acknowledges certain elements of the gallery as known quantities (lighting track, white walls, a front desk, a gallery attendant, etc.) despite their background/neutral status. Through complicating the physicality, location, or function of these preexisting objects in the gallery, the value of these elements can change, making us aware of their capacity to hold meaning. Thus, context-contingent meaning arises out of a complex set of relationships between the gallery, its history, and the expectations of the viewer/user." -- publisher's statement.