Revolve:R was initiated in 2011 by us – Sam Treadaway and Ricarda Vidal – as a multidisciplinary and international collaboration. The project explores the transmission of ideas through collaborative forms of communication ranging from the physical and tactile (such as the sharing of original artworks via the postal service) to the digital and intangible (which includes a parallel interplay online). Besides visual artworks, Revolve:R includes poetry, film, soundscapes and music. The complete work of each Revolve:R edition is presented as a limited-edition bookwork.
Revolve:R, edition three is the result of our two-year-long collaboration, between 2016 and 2018, in which artists, poets, and musicians from around the world (UK, USA, Africa and Continental Europe) created artworks in reply and response to one another. During this time many of the artworks it features have physically travelled many thousands of miles before coming together within this bookwork publication.
Edition three is a continuation of editions one and two (Arrow Bookworks, 2013 and 2015) which explored concepts relating to chaos theory, chance and synchronicity with the first artwork-page of Revolve:R, edition three (page 217) referencing the final artwork sequence from Revolve:R, edition two (ending on page 216). Throughout the evolution of this third edition we have continued the development of the initial ideas and working processes that formed the basis and structure of the original Revolve:R project and have further reflected upon the nature of our collaboration. In doing so our awareness and consideration of certain parallels and connections between the artworks has developed our insight into the act of co-creation and the phenomenon of collective consciousness.
Each Revolve:R edition is formed of six rounds, or Revolves (effectively forming six chapters within the bookwork publications), which follow the same pattern whereby a single 2D two-sided artwork of 21cm² is sent, by post, to a number of invited artists with the request that they respond with an artwork of their own by a specific date. Thus the initial artwork sets in motion a multitude of alternative creative responses reflecting the recipients’ various ways of reading, interpreting and responding.
Revolve:R, edition three (Arrow Bookworks & Intellect Books, Bristol, UK / Chicago, USA, 2018)
Bookwork: 21.7cm, 21.7cm, 4.9cm.
370 pages (194 Artworks, 15 Poems, 6 Films, 7 Soundscapes + Songs).
Card, cloth, DVD ROM, 170 gsm paper.
Limited edition /200.
Revolve:R editions now feature in public collections worldwide including: Tate Artist Book Collection, Tate Britain, London, UK / MoMA Artist Book Collection, New York City, New York, USA / Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, UK / Goldsmiths, London, UK / The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA / California Institute of the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA / The British Library, London, UK / Choisi Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland, CH / amongst others and private collections. Thank-you to all.
To view further images of this work see: Revolve:R, edition three
For more information about the project see: Revolve:R
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