Ciarán Walsh

Selected Works

The Reading Room, 2010-12
Curatorial project (co-curated with Dominque Hurth): library, exhibitions and events, with various invited artists & writers
At Flutgraben Berlin, Grand Union Birmingham and various temporary sites
(Image: Grand Union Birmingham)



The Reading Room was a project that had the aim of maintaining, archiving and representing products of contemporary art practices evolving within printed and published formats. The Reading Room was a curated selection of over 75 artist’s publications (books, zines, magazines and newspapers) and related projects (such as fold-out posters or published audio projects), from a range of internationally based artists, both established and emerging.

In addition to the traditionally known artist-made books, artist monographs or exhibition catalogues, the published format itself is today regularly viewed as a primary site for an artist’s engagement. While often considered as secondary to the more prevalent presentation space of the gallery, the act of publishing has developed itself into a self-contained and highly resonant method of artistic expression. The Reading Room focused on the publication utilised as medium and context for art practices, in which the artists choose deliberately and critically to engage with the format, using its materiality, edges and frame as tools for both visual and semantic communication.

The project manifested itself most notably in Flutgraben studio complex and art-space in Berlin, Germany, as well as in Grand Union gallery in Birmingham, UK. It also had a short presence in an apartment-space gallery in Berlin, during a series of related artist talks and performances in Flutgraben Berlin, and in the form of one-off presentations during various events in Berlin, Dublin and Paris.