Audio Arts Cassettes - Michael Archer & William Furlong


ARCHER (Michael) & FURLONG (William) (Editors). Audio Arts in association with Artscribe. Issues & Debates Contemporary Art in Europe. Interviews & Comment from Nice, Cologne, Berlin, Leipzig, Dublin, London. Vol. 11 Numbers 3 & 4, Vols. 13 Number 4 & 14 Number 1. First editions. 2 x 90 minute cassettes, & 2 x 1 of 60 minutes, with decorative folded card inserts in the original two-part clear plastic boxes. London, Audio Arts, 1991 & 1994. All boxes a trifle scratched, inserts and cassettes near fine, unplayed by this cataloguer. Rare in both institutions and in commerce, we can only find examples in the Audio Arts archive, Tate Britain. The first cassette features interviews with artists, critics and dealers including Philippe Parreno, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Karsten Schubert, Maureen Paley. The other two include interviews with Joseph Kosuth, Mrinalinee Mukherjee, T.S. Enkhjin, Mona Hatoum & Susan Hiller, Janine Antoni, Marcus Raetz, Towards ’97 Report from Hong Kong respectively. An innovative audio cassette magazine established by Bill Furlong in 1973 for publishing curators’ interviews, sound performances and sound art.

Furlong chose the cassette format because it is easy to post but he also considered it to be a “sculptural object” in itself. (While the Artists Chatted, He Taped, The New York Times, 28 April 2010).

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