OMU’s annually printed thematical book is out! The School of Speculative Documentary (associated with KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent, Belgium), FOMU and FW:Books have been collaborating for the publication of Trigger nr. 2 on the issue of UNCERTAINTY.
What if we allow speculation, messiness and befoggedness to set the conditions for documentary gestures and practices? What if we start using speculation as a tool, how can we re-imagine past, present and future?
Contemporary documentary practice has a crucial role to play within art, mainstream media and activism. It constitutes less a genre, and more ‘a critical method’ in its own right. How can we rethink the documentary attitude conceptually, formally and methodologically? UNCERTAINTY! What if this unfinished business of the documentary, creates even more possibilities for speculation and imagination? How can we make decentralised, deformatted and polycentric documentaries, even if we assume that we will never fully succeed?
Trigger #2 explores the potentials, the problems and paradoxes of an openly speculative documentary.
A ‘messy’ mix of essays and artist contributions delivers imaginative and thoughtful insights in several Belgian and international ‘uncertain’ photographic practices and archives (Zineb Sedira, Saddie Choua, Barbara Probst, Marc De Blieck, Kate Morrell, Regine Petersen, Sophy Rickett, Allan Sekula and Lisette Model) and makes multiple bridges to collective practices which deal with speculation, recreation and radical futurisms (De Cleene De Cleene, Black Quantum Futurism, the Otolith Group, Robin Vanbesien).
96 pages, 24 x 32 cm, paperback, English