Jaspar Joseph-Lester


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Host: Wouter Davidts/Jaspar Joseph-Lester

Transmission: Host

Transmission: Host is a series of chapbooks derived from an annual lecture series organised by Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Each week a different artist invites a guest speaker. The host selects, presents, and looks after his or her guest. A critical engagement between host and guest is assumed; what exactly that relationship is will be made evident through discussion. There is an ethics of hospitality, of making the stranger welcome. A host has a standard of conduct, and historically, hospitality has been seen as a code, a duty, a virtue, and a law. There is a bond between host and guest, and in the lecture series and the subsequent chapbooks, this bond is formed by the engagement in and the practice of art.

Wouter Davidts is postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning of Ghent University (UGent). He was a British Academy Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2006, and he will be a Visiting Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds in November 2006. In recent years he has published on the museum, contemporary art, and architecture in journals such as Architectural Theory Review, Afterall, De Witte Raaf, Footprint, Kritische Berichten and Parachute, and in books and exhibition catalogues. His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Sculpture and OPEN. He curated the Show Philippe Van Snick: Undisclosed Recipients at BK SM in Mechelen and Beginners & B at Extra City in Antwerp. He is currently working on a book on size and scale in contemporary art and architecture.