Material: Public Works − The Bridge 2000

Thomas Hirschhorn (2001)


This publication developed out of a work produced for the Protest & Survive exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, which involved the construction of a bridge between the gallery cafe and the adjacent Freedom Press anarchist bookshop. The project set out to open a dialogue about the relationship between art and politics. The linking function of the bridge and its remit as a ‘communicative’ device is intended to be continued by this publication.

Modelled on a French government document, this book aims to reveal both the structure of the bridge and the process of artistic production as a mutual activity. Through the reproduction of correspondence and dialogue between the various parties the hidden support systems of production become transparent.

Co-published by Book Works with the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Material: Public Works − The Bridge 2000 | Hirschhorn, Thomas; | Commission: Warm Seas | ISBN: 978 1 870699 55 6 | Price: £7.50 | Classification: Realised; | Format: Offset printing; | Extent: 200 pages | Edition: 2,000 copies | Dimensions: 210 x 300 mm | Designer: Silke Roch; | Printer: Offset Colour Print, Southampton