Guy Mannes-Abbott and James Westcott

Couple FORMAT 2

Series: FORMAT Issue 6, organised and hosted by Shumon Basar
Date: Friday 8 July 2016
Time: 18:00
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 83 mins

FORMAT is a ‘live magazine’ looking at the shapes that discourse takes. The sixth issue takes place at the AA in Summer 2016, and runs from July 6 to July 15. Open to the public, and free of charge, FORMAT No.6 focuses on ‘Couple Format.’ Mathematically speaking, a couple is the smallest unit of collaboration and therefore the most potent (or poisonous). Can we think of a working life together, or apart, as possessing shape? Stories on Couple Formats bring inspiration, solace or simple guidance on how to be ourselves.


Guy Mannes-Abbott and James Westcott will present the Couple Formats of avant-garde poet/writer Gertrude Stein & salon host/cook Alice B. Toklas and pioneering performance artists Marina Abramović & Ulay


Guy Mannes-Abbott is a London-based writer whose work often performs in visual art contexts, including his highly-acclaimed In Ramallah, Running (London 2012), contributory texts for e-flux journal’s Supercommunity project (Venice Biennale 2015), and End Note(s) (Rotterdam/Hong Kong 2015). He contributed to The Gulf: High Culture, Hard Labor (New York 2015), participated in Moderation[s] at Witte de With (Rotterdam 2013) and collaborated with CAMP on The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories (Folkestone 2011). He once taught theory at the AA School of Architecture and his cultural criticism has been widely published.


James Westcott is the author of When Marina Abramovic Dies: A Biography (MIT Press, 2010). He was co-editor of Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Project Japan (Taschen, 2011), and editor of Elements of Architecture (Marsilio, 2014) for Koolhaas's Venice Architecture Biennale. He now works as a story developer and script editor for film and TV projects.



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