Guy Mannes-Abbott is a London-based author of a series of texts called e.things which have performed in visual art contexts nationally and internationally since 1997. The longest in this series is his highly acclaimed book, In Ramallah, Running (London 2012), while the latest include contributions to e-flux journal’s Supercommunity for Venice Biennale 2015 (collected in Supercommunity, London/ NYC 2017) and Witte de With’s End Note(s) (Rotterdam/ Hong Kong 2015). The shortest was a wall text; ‘In witness times begins’ for Moderation(s) at Witte de With (Rotterdam 2013). Recent talks include ‘Any Place for a Non-Violent Image?’, Graz, Austria (2018), ‘Labouring To Port’, Royal College of Art, London (2018), and ‘Gertrude and Alice (Work & Play)’, Architectural Association, London, (2016). His critical journalism has appeared in The Independent, Guardian, New Statesman, Architectural Review, Third Text, Camera Austria, TANK, Bidoun and Middle East Eye. Recent essays include Utopian Dust Versus Perfumed Amplification in Future Imperfect (Berlin 2017), Mud as Clear in WdW Review Vol.1 (Rotterdam 2017), the art of Emily Jacir in Archival Dissonance (London 2015), a short story in Drone Fiction (Dubai 2013) and an Introduction to Mourid Barghouti’s Midnight and Other Poems (London 2008). He has collaborated with Bombay based-studio CAMP on The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories (Folkestone Triennial 2011), curated exhibitions and artist-video programs including Walking One to Ten (2001). He is a core member of the Gulf Labour Coalition, campaigning ‘urbanforester’ @leaftoleaf, editorial advisor for Di’van Journal, Sydney, a Primary School Governor, and parent of boys aged 18 and 6 with a Swedish architect and sailor. He speaks French, (Latin American) Spanish, Hindi and Arabic.
I’ve returned to this after my 2012-16 website was hacked, along with my server, etc. and the same régime deported me early in 2017. This seems unhackable and so I revert to packaging and mailing fruit in this way for a while … Please be in touch with the email below which has recovered; it is extremely good to hear from anyone I don’t (already) know … Or follow the twitter handle which is usually on the right of these pages @guymannesabbott
I started this blog when I archived my old
Then I got busy laying down a pathway to and from my [new] fruit store still near the Thames in Central London in the form of occasional notes; aromatic, juiced-up, sweet and sharply evocative memorials of future hopes. If I seem lost or confused, please email me at: guy [at] g-m-a [dot] net
p.s. The image in the header is a now adjusted screen-grab from Godard’s One Plus One, but then you knew that.