The Book of Everyday Instruction

The Book of Everyday Instruction

by Chloë Bass (Artist)


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"In The Book of Everyday Instruction—which presents a body of work developed between 2015 and 2018, split into eight chapters—Bass radicalizes the language through which we experience, navigate, and discuss intimacy. She surrenders the role of author in this evolving narrative, and instead approaches each chapter with an eagerness to let the story write itself. Bass imagines a series of interpersonal interactions wherein she shares creative license with her collaborators, an eclectic group of strangers she finds on the internet, through research, and within her diverse creative communities of practice." - Nico Wheadon, The Brooklyn Rail

"Instead of setting the stage for familiarity and comfort as politeness most often does, Bass' announces the space in which she lets us know what she will and will not do for us. It is a smile that says, "No."; It is the space in which she articulates her refusal to take control, to tell you what to think, to look for you, to, in a certain dramatically put sense, be "The Artist"; Which is not at all to say there is nothing to say, nothing to read or see – what there is is vast and infinitely specific and imbued with a rare intelligence and sentiment. But the only way you can see it is to take responsibility for your own seeing. To take responsibility for yourself as another singularity, a specific singularity bringing with it all the historical baggage that is positionality. Bass invites us to play a different game, one in which neither the rules nor we are familiar." - Bill Dietz, "Politesse against the social"

In 2015, conceptual artist Chloë Bass began a two-year chronicle of one-on-one social interactions, beginning with the question "How do we know when we're really together?" Through private performances, interactive experiences, text installations, interviews and photography, Bass explored the pair relationship, expanding ideas of place, history, activity, and distance.

In developing the project, Bass conceptualized the book as an exhibit; now, in collaboration with The Operating System, she presents an exhibit as a book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946031242
Publisher: The Operating System
Publication date: 12/06/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

11 / Introduction

13 / Yellow Flowers : Alexis Wilkinson

17 / Chapter One : you+me together

39 / Chapter Two : Things I’ve seen people do lately

61 / Chapter Three : We walk the world two by two

97 / Chapter Four : It’s amazing we don’t have more fights

137 / Chapter Five : Protect & Preserve

163 / Chapter Six : What is shared, what is offered

193 / Chapter Seven : Subject to change without notice

207 / Chapter Eight : Complete upon arrival


225 / A Letter : Jessica Lynne

229 / Politesse Against the Social : Bill Dietz

237 / Book as Object, as Exercise, as Question : ELÆ [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson]

241 / Acknowledgements

243 / About the Artist

244 / Exhibition and Select Event Timeline

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