Reading and Artist Talk
— Sophie Jung & Paul Clinton

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 12 - 2.30pm
Cork Street Galleries, 30 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AR

– If you have any questions about the accessibility of the venue, please contact info@blockuniverse.co.uk (using subject header: Access / Sophie Jung Performance + date).

Join us for a reading and artist talk with Block Universe artist Sophie Jung at 30 Old Burlington Street (Cork Street Galleries) on Sunday, 19 May 2019.

Sophie Jung will read The Bigger Sleep libretto and will be joined by Paul Clinton for a conversation, discussing the artists ongoing practice and her work The Bigger Sleep – rehush (hush) which premieres in London with Block Universe on 18 May 2019.

Excerpt: We don’t fall in love with the fictional detective because she knows all the answers and always gets it right. We identify with her because she too is caught in signs, bungling interpretations of words or events, and only occasionally stumbling upon something like a workable meaning. If Jung were pretending not to perform, not to be delivering words for an audience, but just saying them straight and sincerely, in full confidence of their meaning, that would be the real con trick. Authenticity here is in acknowledging the pretence.

Sophie Jung might be the loose end artist. Her way of allowing things to hang is another way of keeping them dynamic, without resolution, not finishing an idea or a work. This suspension, or lack of resolution, is as much a purgatory and limbo as it is a way of keeping things alive and open.

The Bigger Sleep – rehush (hush) is an adaptation of Jung’s major installation at the Kunstmuseum Basel into a site-specific performance for Block Universe’s 2019 edition.

12noon Reading by Sophie Jung
1:30pm Sophie Jung in conversation with Paul Clinton

A limited and signed edition of Sophie Jung’s libretto will be available during the event.

The set of The Bigger Sleep – rehush (hush) can be visited daily from 11am to 6pm from the 19 May to 1 June. The Performance Schedule can be viewed here.

Sophie Jung (b. Luxemburg), lives and works in London and Basel. Recent solo projects and exhibitions include The Bigger Sleep, Kunstmuseum Basel; Paramount VS Tantamount, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Water, Blain Southern, London; Thusly, Primary, Nottingham (all 2018); It’s Not What It Looks Like, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna; and Producing My Credentials, Kunstraum, London (both 2017). Her work has been included in the following group exhibitions at Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel; New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel; Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp; Jupiter Woods, London (all 2018); Hester, New York; Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen (both 2016); Ballroom Marfa, San Antonio (2015); Forthcoming projects include a year-long solo commission for Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich and a solo exhibition at Casino Luxembourg.In 2015 Jung spent six months in New York at ISCP, courtesy of the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg. In 2016 she won the Swiss Art Award and in 2018 The Manor Kunstpreis.

Paul Clinton is a writer based in London, and lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths. He writes for frieze, MOUSSE, Art Review, Art Monthly, The White Review and London Review of Books. This year he is launching the series ‘Militant Desire: Lionel Soukaz and Sexual Liberation Today’ across Gasworks and LUX, London, and a forthcoming project in Vienna. His book Other Hunting will be published by Ma Bibliotheque this summer.

We thank Cork Street Galleries / Pollen Estate for generously providing the space.

Photos by  Manuela Barczewski