You First Catalog

The Inexpressible
Catalogue about exhibit that seeks insight into the nature of a mysterious, shared universe described by mystics, philosophers and physicists. A creative alliance between artists from different countries, it is a model of contemporary practice, a hybrid with exalted aims.

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The Unreality of UFORA
Notes on Contemporary Art
Bi-lingual, English and Slovak edition.

Encouraged by the successes of their co-curated exhibitions Inexpressible (2009), After Hours/Individual Stories (2010), and You First (2011), artists Dalibor Polívka and Rob Mintz (co-founders of UFORA, the Universal Festival of Relational Art) decided to create an art book depicting how “relational aesthetics” had rocked their world. In this handsomely designed volume, their essays compliment seminal texts by the influential French curator Nicolas Bourriaud (who coined the term “relational aesthetics”) and Mostyn gallery director Alfredo Cramerotti. Nicolas Bourriaud’s essay “Instable Connections” sets the record straight on the history of the term. Alfredo Cramerotti’s piece, “Three Ways of Curating,” presents new approaches to creative survival in an ever-shifting, curatorial culture. Delving into “exhibition as medium” and “institutional critique,” The Unreality of UFORA presents the work of a cadre of contemporary artists participating in an experimental exhibition. Full of incisive quotations from a variety of experts about the impact of “relational aesthetics,” its controversial acceptance, and its place in art history, The Unreality of UFORA should be on the radar of artists, collectors, curators, and art students seeking a high-octane jolt of insight into the relational turn.

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You First Catalog/Cards
Is it a game? Yes! The game is comprised of cards about the artists and their work. The object of the game is to discover new connections between the works by shuffling the deck each time the game is played. The cards can be arranged in rows, sorted, scattered. There are so few rules to this game, they are hardly worth mentioning. Please do not put your drinks on the cards. Advanced players can create a House of Cards. From the many possible juxtapositions, new thoughts arise, floating up on a current of optimism for the future. Au fond de l’Inconnu pour trouver du nouveau!

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The Unreality of UFORA