Lanchester Gallery Projects



Amanda Beech



Lanchester Gallery Projects, in collaboration with Amanda Beech, commissioned the dual publication FINAL and FIRST MACHINE.

FINAL MACHINE documents the  exhibition of the same name;  a three-channel video  and architectural installation  that continued Beech’s  examination into  the nexus of art, politics, fiction and philosophy.  The work questions dogmatically and directly: How it is possible  to engage art as a site of realism that would annihilate  our faith in the art and politics that we know as our bad habit?

The  publication  includes  the proceedings from  the panel discussion  held at LGP  in March 2013. The invited  speakers, Bridget Crone, Robin  Mackay and Marie-Anne McQuay, responded to the work in discussion with Beech, drawing upon current debates in culture,  politics and philosophy.

FIRST  MACHINE  is a new chapter of work from Amanda Beech that responds to the videography of FINAL MACHINE. The drawings collapse the architectural, spatial and graphic, with the gestural and the propagandist, to invent emblems of power. It includes  the  newly commissioned essays ‘Actualizing the Impossible’ by  Ray Brassier; ‘First and Final Machine: From Metaphysics to the Forensics of Force’ by Reza  Negarestani and ‘MOBILITAS LOCI (MULLER  LTD.)’ by Confraternity of Neoflagellants.

The  publication launched at the conference ART and REASON- HOW ART THINKS at Newcastle University, in association with The New Centre of Research and Practice, NYC, and Filet, London, 24.11.15.

ISBN: 978-1-84600-0584 £20

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