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Edited by Kate Rhodes and Nella Themelios, this expanded second edition of An unreliable guidebook to jewellery by Lisa Walker further explores how the work of the internationally celebrated New Zealand jeweller can be framed by the career-long provocation ‘What is jewellery?’. Originally published to accompany the retrospective exhibition Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered at RMIT Design Hub Gallery, Melbourne, in early 2019, the release of the book’s extended new edition – co-published by RMIT Design Hub Gallery and Perimeter Editions – coincides with the final iteration of the exhibition at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in Auckland in June 2021.
Foregrounding the act of asking questions and the pleasure and importance of the ‘as yet understood’, the book includes a proliferation of new works, texts, materials and documentation from the touring exhibition’s recent installations at CODA Museum (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, 2019) and Villa Stuck (Munich, Germany, 2020). At once systematic and malleable in their structure, the narratives that emerge within this volume offer an open-ended reflection on Walker’s practice and output, moving across different time periods, veering off on tangents, but returning to the many concerns of the field in which she has so firmly embedded herself. Graphic Design by Ziga Testen and Kim Mumm Hansen.
Featuring written contributions from Mark Andrejevic, Holly Arden, Anna Briers, James Bridle, Nicholas Carah, Bronwyn Carlson, Jonathan Corpus Ong, Kate Crawford, Madi Day, Gianluca Demartini, Sean Dockray, Akshaya Kumar, Shaka McGlotten, Thao Phan, Legacy Russell, Jathan Sadowski, Julianne Schultz, and Caroline Wilson-Barnao.
Exhibition artists: Zach Blas and Jemima Wyman, Natalie Bookchin, Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler, Simon Denny, Xanthe Dobbie, Sean Dockray, Forensic Architecture, Kate Geck, Elisa Giardina Papa, Matthew Griffin, Eugenia Lim, Kenneth Macqueen, Daniel McKewen, Allegra Searle-Lebel, Melissa E. Logan (Chicks on Speed), and Jeremie Zimmermann, Angela Tiatia, Suzanne Treister, and Katie Vida.
Published by Perimeter and RMIT Design Hub Gallery
Expanded Second Edition
130 x 190 mm