Image: Jol Thomson, GVD|>c, 2019, courtesy of the artist

Featuring Matthew C. Wilson and Jol Thomson, in conversation with Susan Schuppli
Thursday, 17 January 2019,
5 – 7pm
Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool  

5.00 – 5.30 pm, viewing of the exhibition and films
5.30 – 7.00 pm, conversation

Matthew C. Wilson and Jol Thomson opened the exhibition on 17-18 December in a two-day long dialogue registered in the installation through materials, texts, and improvised annotations. Their exchange continues with an in-person public event in conversation with artist and researcher Susan Schuppli.  Schuppli, Thomson, and Wilson will move through the exhibition to discuss the overlapping concerns and questions emerging from their critical transdisciplinary fieldwork and moving image practices.

Artists Matthew C. Wilson and Jol Thomson
17 December 2018 - 1 February 2019 
Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool  

Wilson and Thomson use transdisciplinary artistic research to engage with other modes of practice, notably scientific research and field work, in a negotiation of the limits of knowledge. For this exhibition they approach the gallery as an experimental platform for open-ended exchange: a zone receiving generative materials, formed, reformed—later studied and analyzed. The artists’ exhibition-as-conversation, and conversation-as-research, critically engages notions of measurement, im/perceptibility, boundries, anomalies, constants, in/determinacy, opticality, as well as locations and structures of knowledge as they relate to justice, equality, and ecology in our western cosmological perspective.
Wilson and Thomson’s ongoing exchange materializes in various forms, from field samples to text and image, inviting further lines of inquiry surrounding past and ongoing projects by the artists. A video from each artist initiates the exhibition: Wilson’s Field Notes: The Age of Measurement (2018) tracks shifting spatial, temporal, and mental horizons, and Thomson’s G24|0vßß (2016) audio-visual composition approaches the coldest piece of matter in the universe, which attempts to answer, by way of physics, “Why is there something rather than nothing?”  

The project is Supported by Arts Council England and Liverpool School of Art and Design.

Susan Schuppli’s work examines material evidence from war and conflict to environmental disasters. Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US. Recent commissioned works include Learning from Ice, Toronto Biennial, Nature Represents Itself, SculptureCenter, Trace Evidence, Bildmuseet, Umea and Atmospheric Feedback Loops, a Vertical Cinema project for Sonic Acts, Amsterdam. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the forthcoming book, Material Witness (MIT Press). Schuppli is Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London and is an affiliated artist-researcher as well as board chair of Forensic Architecture.


Matthew C. Wilson’s videos and sculptures draw out entanglements between natural, historical, economic, and perceptual processes. Wilson holds an MFA from Columbia University. He has been a participant at the Whitney Independent Study Program, Jan van Eyck Academie, Skowhegan, among other residencies. Wilson launched the Spectral Exchange framework in November 2018 as an outcome of his Artistic Research Residency at Tabakalera. His forthcoming film “Within the Temple Without” will premiere at IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2019. He is currently Artist in Residence at Aalto University in Helsinki.  


Jol Thomson is an artist, sound designer, researcher and collaborator working at the intersections of cultural studies, particle physics, environmental humanities, and experimental music and moving image. He received his mesiterschüler from Städelschule in 2013. In 2016 he won the MERU Art*Science Award for his a/v composition G24|0vßß. He was a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart from 2016-2017. In 2018 he participated in the group exhibitions Blind Faith: Between the Cognitive and the Visceral in Contemporary Art at the Haus Der Kunst, Munich, as well as the Open Codes: Living in Digital Worlds group exhibition at the ZKM (Center for Art and Technology), Karlsruhe.

Exhibition Research Lab is an academic research centre and a public venue established in 2012 as part of Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University. Dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of exhibitions and curatorial knowledge, it presents a year round programme of research exhibitions, events, residencies, fellowships, publications, and education at postgraduate and doctoral levels.



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