Press Releases : 2009/11

OCA Semesterplan – week 45+46 – Workshop and Project

Published 2009/11/25

Stuart Bailey, from The serving Library, ongoing project Courtesy of the artist


'On Library, Archive and 'Service'':
A workshop organised by Stuart Bailey

Part 1: Wed, 2 December / 11–16:00
Part 2: Wed, 9 December / 11–16:00


'DDDI: A Selection of Artifacts from
Dot Dot Dot'

2 December 2009–mid-February 2010
Public Opening: Wed, 2 December / 17:00

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, Oslo /

Project Space: Wed, Fri and Sat / 12–16:00
Thu / 12:00–18:00

About the Workshop

Stuart Bailey, member of the collaborative group and event space Dexter Sinister, organises a two-part workshop on the nature of the library and its function as an archive, a social space and a pedagogical tool, as a part of the project 'Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms – On Art Criticism, Writing, Publishing and Distribution'. Taking 'The Serving Library' as a starting point, a project currently being developed by Dexter Sinister, the workshops will explore questions such as: How do we guarantee preservation and access to published material? How do we construct libraries? And what are the different modes of experience that a library can offer? For more information and to obtain the preparatory readings for the workshops, click here.

This event is free and open to the public. However, it requires registration in advance. To register or for more information on how to obtain preparatory readings, please contact Anne Charlotte Hauen at

About the Project

This workshop will transform the OCA space as an exploration for 'The Serving Library'. The space will include an attempt at a Dexter Sinister library and 'DDDI', a small exhibition of artifacts selected from the original items presented in the printed version of the magazine Dot Dot Dot, co-edited by Stuart Bailey. 'In the regular hierarchy of the magazine, texts are generally primary and images secondary, and the fundamental idea of the exhibition has been to invert these roles, as a kind of parallel operation,' Bailey says.

In tandem with the workshops to be held at OCA, Stuart Bailey will launch the latest book by Dexter Sinister, Portable Document Format, at Torpedo Bookshop on 2 December at 19:00 at Hausmanngate 42.

About the Artist

Stuart Bailey (b. 1973 in York, UK, lives and works in New York, NY, USA) is a graphic designer and co-editor of Dot Dot Dot, a publication concerned with art, design, music, language, literature and architecture, with David Reinfurt (earlier with Peter Bilak). His work circumscribes various aspects of graphic design, writing and editing, most consistently in the form of publications made in close collaboration with artists. Since 2002 he has worked with Will Holder under the compound name Will Stuart on a broader range of projects, including theatre and performance. Since 2006 he has worked together with David Reinfurt as Dexter Sinister, also the name of their basement space on New York's Lower East Side, which operates as a workshop and occasional bookstore.

About 'The Grammar of Forms'

'Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms – On Art Criticism, Writing, Publishing and Distribution' is a series public events, workshops and presentations that are taking place from autumn 2009 to spring 2010 at OCA's premises at Nedre gate 7, with the aim to look at language, writing, criticism and publishing in relation to contemporary art, exploring its diverse modes of operation and possibilities within historical and contemporary practices. In these public events, writers, artists, critics, publishers and theorists investigate different experiences of and approaches to writing and language, specifically in relation to art. These events have a pedagogical remit, and are accompanied by a series of projects including presentation of artworks and libraries of publications, made available to the public for consultation and reading. Past speakers this autumn included Peter Osborne, Ina Blom, Will Bradley and Anne Hilde Neset. Upcoming participants in winter 2010 include AA Bronson, member of General Idea and founder of Printed Matter, New York City, Mikkel Astrupon on Samuel Beckett, Jonas Ekeberg, editor of Ecke Bonk and Roma Publications, an independent art publisher, founded by artist Mark Manders and graphic designer Roger Willems. More details on the OCA semesterplan autumn/winter 2009, please click here.

'Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms' is designed and installed by tenfinger, Brussels,

For press inquiries and more information on the project, the lecture or the OCA semesterplan, please contact Marthe Tveitan at