The Wilson Exercises is a framework in which the artists Anna Craycroft and Marc Vives and the curatorial office Rivet have exchanged materials since fall 2012. It primarily involves developing a shared method and productive process that evades the evaluative and interrupts doing, making, and showing. Their exercise rhythm balances joint conversations against withdrawal into individual practice. Throughout, the curators have also put their analytical gaze on hold in favor of responses in an associative and fictional voice that engages with aspects of the artists’ material. The Wilson Exercises surfaced as a semipublic program at the Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, Norway in summer 2014, and took the shape of an exhibition at the Gallery at REDCAT in Los Angeles in winter 2014 and, in spring 2015, at the Miró Foundation’s Espai 13 in Barcelona. Manual is a fourth public facet of the framework sharing the thoughts and references that shaped the exercising.

A publication about habit, improvisation and falling off the wagon. Made to accompany the Wilson Exercises. Contributors: Trinie Dalton, Diedrich Diederichsen, Ruth Estévez, Geir Haraldseth and Rivet. With artist contributions by Anna Craycroft and Marc Vives. Supported by RKS, Arts Council Norway, Redcat. (spring 2015)

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