BLT19 Exhibitions

British Workman 1.15 (1856): 60.

One of the central concerns of BLT19 is how the aesthetics of communication inflect how we think. This includes the material nature of periodicals – their size, their paper, their layout, their colour, the rhythm with which they are issued – as well as their price and how they were distributed (sold in shops? sent to subscribers?).

This emphasis on the physical nature of communication led us to think about what would happen if they were exhibited in material forms in galleries and other spaces. Not least this led us to wonder what might result if they were juxtaposed with contemporary art works which, obviously, have a very different aesthetic and ideological basis.

Hence the series of exhibitions we document here. They exploit the spaces of classrooms and galleries; they include sometimes only material from this website and they dialogue them with contemporary art; they at times feature only reproductions and at others highlight the periodicals themselves; they let the pages speak for themselves and they interpret them with printed words in booklets and information panels.

By varying the exhibition methods as much as we do, including this website itself, we learn a great deal about the material aesthetics of communication and their effect on us.