The Flock Circumstance book accompanies the exhibition and serves as a place to gather our thoughts about how the project came into being. How did we get here, and who is we? What does collaboration look like in a global pandemic? When every effort you make at working comes up against the phrase ‘I need help thinking’, how can we turn that into a positive thing? It begins with the collaborative text entitled with the same phrase. Throughout the exhibition building process, ‘I Need Help Thinking’ has been a friend, serving as a text through which and in which we read each other: a systemic story of coarticulation. With it, we wanted to demystify the process of artmaking, and of working with others. The conversation in ‘I Need Help Thinking’ makes visible our engagement with romantic friendship, and how it nourished the Flock Circumstance exhibition, activating a situation that proves what a queer family can do in terms of creating and healing.
In their texts that follow, Młyńczak, Ruusuvuori and Niamh Moloney explore how resisting fixity can be a generative act. ‘Unlearning the Dictionary’ discusses the proliferation of meaning and multiplication of realities inherent in the act of translation; refuting the bilingual dictionary in an account of Młyńczak’s relationship to language and speaking as a singular act of communion outwith words, an exchange of meaning that is not quantifiable, and certainly not dominated by one tongue. In a similar gesture of loving defiance, Moloney and Ruusuvuori detail the ‘undoing’ of a workshop – revealing how something that is discussed but never finished can give a platform to this precious space of forming things together, a cohabited imaginary place.
Each publication is handbound by Glasgow-based bookbinder Juju Books and contains three original analogue photographs by Aga Paulina Młyńczak. Ten copies are available for sale at the gallery, via the website shop and at selected bookstores.
The publication was edited by Nell Cardozo
Curatorial project by Aga Paulina Młyńczak
Designed by Zineb Benassarou
With original texts by Tinja Ruusuvuori, Madde Edlund, Aga Paulina Młyńczak and Niamh Moloney.
Original Analogue Darkroom Prints by Aga Paulina Młyńczak