Tris Vonna-Michell


Capitol Complex / Ulterior Vistas is constructed around the two works, Capitol Complex (2012-2015) and Ulterior Vistas (2012-2014), both of which are encapsulated on a ten-inch vinyl record. The spoken-word compositions are enclosed within a gatefold design and accompanied by the Capitol Complex manuscript as a booklet insert and a bound series of Ulterior Vistas photographic montages.

The Capitol Complex (Side A) recording pans between improvised spoken word and musical composition, evolving around a manuscript set in the Indian city of Chandigarh, which serves as an underlining blueprint for the work. Traveller, the protagonist, extends his leisurely strolls to navigating the city by night in order to induce an experience of greater intensity and anxiety of its urban architecture. After his nocturnal explorations in the city’s single-zone sectors he starts to grow weary and changes his course from architectural appreciation to searching for crevices and enclosures to reflect and observe. But urban fixtures of obstruction, surveillance and derailment direct his passages, until a shift in perception occurs.

The spoken word aspect of Ulterior Vistas (Side B) is backed by a musical score, and contextualised around the notion of a driven sales agent, orating a prospectus based on grand 18th Century English landscape garden design. The protagonist is soliciting a global perspective characterised by appropriation of cultural heritage in order to cultivate a desirable public persona for an unidentified client. Aside from offering an array of landscape gardening solutions and attributes he also proposes more abstract features such as synthetic spirituality and symbolic gestures of generosity. The conceptual framework for the Ulterior Vistas photographic series derives from the English landscape architect Humphrey Repton´s (1752-1818) famous Red Books. His books were bespoke landscape and architecture propositions for improving the estates and pleasure grounds of potential clients. The before-and-after illustrations were a key feature in Repton´s Red Books as were his verbal presentations.

Content and concept by Tris Vonna-Michell
Edited by Diana Kaur
Recorded by Martin Ehrencrona at Studio Cobra, Stockholm
Spoken word by Tris Vonna-Michell
Instruments by Martin Ehrencrona and Markus Lindmark
Mixdown by Martin Ehrencrona and Tris Vonna-Michell
Copy editing by Andrew Hunt and Sophie Sleigh-Johnson
Designed by Konst & Teknik, assisted by Caroline Settergren
Image correction by Lena Hoxter
Printing and binding by Göteborgstryckeriet, Sweden
Published by Focal Point Gallery and Mount Analogue, 2013
Distributed by Cornerhouse
ISBN 978-1-907185-14-4

Tris Vonna-Michell is a two-volume publication in which the stories and the visual material marks a continuation and implementation of his artistic practice through the medium of an artist’s book. Behind an identical cover, the seemingly same is presented in two variations that were developed through performative improvisations over earlier text versions, and repositioning of images and inserts.

The two variations were pendently constructed; book I began in November 2009 at Halle für Kunst in Lüneburg, in which several chapters, texts and images were printed on a Heidelberg GTO printing press on a daily basis during the exhibition ”Capstans”. In 2010 book II began as a revisitation and expansion of the first variation, in which the previous narratives, images and inserts were reconstructed.

Text and images by Tris Vonna-Michell
Graphic design by Manuel Raeder with Tris Vonna-Michell
Published by JRP|Ringier, together with with Fondazione Galleria Civica—Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento, GAMeC—Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V., and Kunsthalle Zürich, 2011
Printed in Germany
ISBN 978-3-03764-170-5

Finding Chopin: Endnotes, 2005–2009
Accompanied the exhibition:
Finding Chopin: Endnotes, 2005–2009
20 October 2009 - 17 January 2010
Jeu de Paume, Paris

Published by Jeu de Paume, 2009
Distributed by Jeu de Paume
ISBN 978-2-91570-418-1