Christopher Williams: For Example: Dix Huits Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 8)
How to start? A door opens. A cash register opens. A can of sardines is opened. A mouth opens. An unzipped zipper opens up a view. Four bottles of beer are opened, with a bottle opener…
That’s good but it’s not our story. Let’s try again.
How to read a tire sidewall? Ratio of height to width (aspect ratio). Width of tire in millimeters. Maximum cold inflation and load limit. Load index and speed symbol.
Tire ply composition and materials used.
The Michelin rubber plantation at Dau Tieng, Vietnam was opened in 1925. The Michelin manufacturing plant in Saigon, Vietnam was closed in 1971. 75% of the tires used in the city of Paris in 1968 were composed of Vietnamese rubber…
OK that’s too specific. Let’s try again.
Cut an object in half, it becomes a model. A model is a representation of a system.
OK OK. They are presenting models, prototypes, cutaways and dummies.
“Williams prefers to distance himself from the gestures typically associated with professional photographers, relocating his practice across a complex series of citations and diversions of modern photographic knowledge. Every camera predicts its user, who is already included in ist program. So Williams goes to work on the program itself, confronting it with the potential of his own joblessness…”
OK. Let’s try again. Let’s try again and again.
A camera opens. A cash register opens.
Open the door. Begin your descent down the ramp. To your right there are four shelves with approximately 40 catalogues representing the work of gallery artists. To your left you see the receptionist (Alexis) and the intern (Silva). As you approach the desk, you are greeted with smiles. On the desk, along with other printed materials, you find a press release, announcement card, etc. On the back of the announcement card for the present exhibition, you find a list, which reads as follows:
No, but that’s New York, that’s another business and that’s another story. Try to be more specific.
Within this space there are three walls. The measurement of these three walls is …. These walls are examples of the Museum Wall System designed by the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, which was patended in the year 2000, at the German Patent Office in Munich, under Patent Number 1964… This system is currently in use in the following German Museums: Zentrum für Kunst- und Medientechnologie ZKM, Karlsruhe; Neues Museum, Nürnberg; Kiasma, Helsinki; Sammlermuseum, Karlsruhe; Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen K 20 K 21, Düsseldorf; Hanseatische Veranstaltungsgesellschaft (Messe Bremen), Bremen; Pinakothek der Moderne, München.
1. Kodak three point reflection guide ˝1968 Eastman Kodak Company, 1968 2. Release 3. Release 4. ArchaÅNologie 5. Michelin XZ, Plaubel, Makina 67 6. Ethnographie 7. TheÅLa^tre VeriteÅL 8. Varieties 9. Mozambique 10. Tokyo 11. La Palma 12. Bruxelles, van Laack 13. Release 14. Release 15. Release 16. Westkunst, Dziga-Vertov Group, Konrad Klapheck, Turkish moon, Kapitalistischer Realismus 17. The photographic industry that programmed the camera 18. The industrial complex that programmed the photographic industry 19. The socio-economic system that programmed the industrial complex 20. Christopher Williams 21. Couleur EuropeÅLenne 22. Couleur SovieÅLtique 23. Couleur Chinoise 24. Cartridge Replacement 25. Release 26. Release 27. Program: Views according to which this device and the various theories framing it will function for the artistic production the same way as the artistic production functions as advertising for the order under which it is produced. There will be no other space than this view according to which etc… 28. Cartridge Replacement 29. Release 30. Release 31. Release 32. Release 33. Release 34. Release 35. Release 36. Release 37. Reread this program again and again, become its author, correct and repeat it, distribute it, and when we are all its author, the old world will crumble to make way for… 38. Release 39. Release 40, 69, 70, 71, 72…
Today ist the first day of Spring. Are you up for a picnic?
Square. Practical. Good.
Gisela Capitain and Friedrich Petzel are pleased to annouce the first solo exhibition by Christopher Williams at Capitain Petzel, Berlin. This will be followed by the artist’s eighth solo exhibition with Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne, running from 23 April to 13 June.
Matthias Poledna/Christopher Williams is currently at the Bonner Kunstverein, showing until 26 April.
Christopher WilliamsUntitled (Study in Yellow/Berlin)Dirk Schaper Studio, Berlin, June 21st2007 (No.1), 2008, 2008C-print50.8 x 40.6 cm / 20 x 16 inches
Framed: 88 x 76.4 cm /Edition of 10 plus 4 AP
Christopher WilliamsClockwise from Manufacturer Name (Outer Ring) Michelin X M+S 89 Clockwise from Tire Size (Inner Ring) 135 R 15 72 Q E2 0281541 M+ S Tubeless Radial X TF 852 20-2044 Tread: 1 Polyester Ply +2 Steel Plies Sidewall: 1 Polyester Ply Canada and U.S. Codes Only, 2008Silver Gelatine PrintPaper dimensions:
60,8 x 50,5 cm
23.9 x 19.9 inches
94,7 x 83,4 cm
37.3 x 32.8 inchesAP 1, Edition of 10, 4
Christopher WilliamsCutaway of a LEICA TRI-ELMAR-M 28-35-50 mm f/4 ASPH. Angle of view: Focal lenght 28 mm: 75°, 65°, 46° Focal length 35 mm: 63°, 54°, 38° Focal length 50 mm: 47°, 40°, 27° Optical design: 8 elements in 6 Aperture: f/4 (largest) f/22 (smallest) Scale: combin, 2009Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Rag PaperEd. 8/10 in Storage. To be signed50.8 x 60.8 cm / 20 x 24 inchesEdition 8/10, 4
Christopher WilliamsRitter SportVon oben nach unten / from top to the bottom100 g Tafeln / 100 g BarsOffizieller Produktname / Official Product Name / EAN Code Bar /UPC Code for Case / Bars per CaseVoll Nuss / Whole Hazelnuts / 4000417019004 / 050255013005 / 10Joghurt / Yogu, 2009Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper50.8 x 60.8 cm / 20 x 24 inchesEdition 6/10
Christopher WilliamsPolaroid 660 (promotional non functional) with completely transparent plastic housing. Produced for promotional use for display and demonstration purposes. Lens: 116mm f/11, single-element plastic Automatic focus; uses Polaroid Sonar AF system. Minimu foc, 2009Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper50.8 x 60.8 cm / 20 x 24 inchesEdition of 10, 4
Christopher WilliamsRitter Sport Von oben nach unten / from the top to the bottom100 g Tafeln / 100 g BarsOffizieller Produktname / Official Product Name / EAN Code Bar / UPC Code for Case / Bars per CaseVoll Nuss / Whole Hazelnuts / 4000417019004 / 050255013005 / 10Joghurt, 2009Archival pigment print on cotton rag paperSigned, dated and titled versoPaper dimension:
60.8 x 50.8 cm / 24 x 20 inches
94.3 x 85.5 cm / 37.1 x 33.7 inchesEdition of 10 plus 4 AP
Christopher WilliamsPacific Sea nettle, Chrysaora Melanaster, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Acquarium Way, Long Beach, California, July 9.08, 2009Archival pigment print on cotton rag paperExhibition print in storageImage: 33.1 x 33.1 cm / 13 x 13 inches
Paper: 35.6 x 35.6 cm / 14 x 14 inches
Framed: 69.4 x 70.6 cm / 27.3 x 27.8 inchesEdition 4/10, 4
Christopher WilliamsPlaubel Makinette 67 Early transparent prototype of the Plaubel Makina 67 rangefinder camera, for rollfilm typ 120, 10 Exp. Build Nov. 03 1976 as Plaubel Makinette 6x7, by Götz Schrader for presentational purposes at the Photokina 1976, Cologne This prot, 2008C-print45 x 55 cm / 17.8 x 21.7 inches
Framed: 85.5 x 94.5 cm / 33.7 x 37.2 inchesEdition 2/10, 4
Christopher WilliamsCutaway of a SCHNEIDER VARIOGON 5,6/125-250 mm produced by Schneider Kreutznach as ZENZANON-E-VARIOGON 5,6/125-250 mm for the Zeenza Bronica Cameras of the ETRS, ETR-C and ETR Series Serial # 12-899-638, produced between July and December 1976, date of c, 2009Gelatin silver print50.8 x 60.8 cm / 20 x 24 inchesEdition of 10, 4
Christopher WilliamsCutaway of a SCHNEIDER VARIOGON 5,6/125-250 mm produced by Schneider Kreutznach as ZENZANON-E-VARIOGON 5,6/125-250 mm for the Zeenza Bronica Cameras of the ETRS, ETR-C and ETR Series Serial # 12-899-638, produced between July and December 1976, date of c, 2009Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Rag Paper50.8 x 60.8 cm / 20 x 24 inchesEdition of 10, 4