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Thinking Place Five Philosopher’s Huts

Thinking Place – Five Philosopher’s Huts

The exhibition, Thinking Place – Five Philosopher’s Huts will be presented at Oxford House, London in September/October 2019. The Thinking Place project emerged from research work conducted as part of Mark Riley’s PhD submission at Goldsmiths College (University of London). In particular, he wrote extensively on the relationship between philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and the wooden building built for him at Todtanuberg in the Black Forest south of Freiburg. From here, he began exploring other thinkers and the specific locations (and buildings) that were associated with them. Visiting the site of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s (1889 -1951) hut at Skjolden in Norway provided the opportunity to develop the project further and this culminated in an exhibition at The Oxford House Gallery in London in April 2016 entitled, Thinking Place – Reimagining Wittgenstein’s Hut. Since 2016, he has undertaken further theoretical and visual research on Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess (1912 – 2009) who had two huts built at Tvergastein (also in Norway) and French Enlightenment philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). Rousseau had a hut built for him at Ermenonville, France. The Thinking Place project investigates the relationship between architectural space, isolated geographical location, and the production of thought. The exhibition consists of dioramas, photographs, drawings and maps. These works present different artistic responses to ideas of what constitutes thinking places.

Mark Riley is an artist, writer and Senior Lecturer in Photography at University of Roehampton. He presented Thinking Place – Reimagining Wittgenstein’s Hut at the Oxford House Gallery, London, in April 2016. He contributed a book chapter entitled ‘Place as Palimpsest: Paul Celan and Martin Heidegger and the Haunting of Todtnauberg’ to the publication Haunted Landscapes: Super-Nature and the Environment and published by Rowman Littlefield International in November 2016. He exhibited work in the Machines à Penser exhibition at Fondazione Prada Venice (26 May – 25 November 2018) and wrote for the gallery publication. Most recently he showed work as part of the Auto//Fiction exhibition at the Royal College of Art, London (July 2019).

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