Stephen Willats

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About the Artist

From the early 1960s until today, Stephen Willats has situated his pioneering practice at the intersection between art and other disciplines such as cybernetics, advertising systems research, learning theory, communications theory and computer technology. In so doing, he has constructed and developed a collaborative, interactive and participatory practice grounded in the variables of social relationships, settings and physical realities.

In Focus

Posted from Kunstkritikk

Stephen Willats interviewed in Kunstkritikk

By Stefanie Hessler

 

For your exhibition at Index you spent a prolonged period of time working with three individuals living in different areas of Stockholm, individuals who are facing change, both personal and in terms of their socioeconomic conditions. Can you tell me more about this process and how it is linked to the transformation of a particular place?

 

The invitation to work at Index was a rare opportunity for me to express a model of art practice that was contextual in nature and rooted in a particular place, so that it expressed some issues and polemics that would be connectable to an audience from that place. Instead of the kind of blandness of much contemporary art practice, which assumes universality, here we have another model of practice that works with the relativity and the contextual nature of meaning…

 

March 18, 2016
The idea of transformation in THISWAY– is about step change and the possibility of revolution in our life.

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

13 March - 17 April 2014

Stephen Willats

REPRESENTING THE POSSIBLE
An exhibition which brings together previously unseen works on paper from the 1960s and the present day in a specially conceived installation. Willats' career is also currently celebrated in two further London exhibitions: CONTROL, the first survey of the artist's...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 May - 12 June 2010

Stephen Willats

THE WORLD AS IT IS AND THE WORLD AS IT COULD BE
THE WORLD AS IT IS AND THE WORLD AS IT COULD BE From the 1960's until today, London-based conceptual artist Stephen Willats has concentrated on ideas that today are ever-present in contemporary art: communication, social engagement, active spectatorship, and self-organization....
Victoria Miro Gallery I
2 - 30 September 2006

Stephen Willats

From My Mind To Your Mind
During the sixties and early seventies, Stephen Willats was one of the very few serious representatives of international Concept Art in England. Drawing upon wide-ranging artistic means, Willats attempts to comprehend the way in which individuals see a world that...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
11 September - 8 October 2002

Stephen Willats

Through Your Symbolic World
'Every cultural landscape requires its signposts, not just to get around in the present, to find out where and what things are, but to point to a vision of the future, to show a possible destiny. I see this as...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
27 June - 15 September 2001

Works on Paper

Group Exhibition (From Acconci to Zittel)
Giovanni Anselmo, Alex Katz, Lisa Yuskavage, Vito Acconci, Henry Moore, Dawn Mellor, Nicolas de Stael, Cecily Brown, Karen Kilimnik, Sue Williams, Inka Essenhigh, Rosemarie Trockel, John Currin, David Hockney David Smith, Paul Klee, Verne Dawson, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Stephen Willats, Terry...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 May - 30 June 2000

Raw

Group Exhibition
Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
8 July - 1 August 1997

Stephen Willats

Street Talk
Stephen Willats presents three major new works which celebrate the richness of urban life in London where each individual builds his own space and reality in the face of a bombardment of everyday sensations. Extending ideas in earlier collaborative projects,...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
5 - 28 July 1995

Temples

Group Exhibition
Juren Albrecht, Bernd & Hiller Becher, Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Alex Hartley, Keir Smith, Stephen Willats
Victoria Miro Gallery II
15 April - 13 May 1994

Stephen Willats

Random Life
Victoria Miro Gallery II
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