Issue 156
Jun - Aug 2013

Nine writers and artists consider how narrative structures in fiction will change as technology advances. Featuring Fatima Al Qadiri, James Bridle, Ian Cheng, Orit Gat, Lev Manovich, Christiane Paul, Alexander Provan, Timotheus Vermeulen, and Holly Willis.

Also featuring: Katie Kitamura looks at how art can visualize political realities through the artifice of fiction; Ben Lerner on whether objects are more real than words and two specially commissioned artist projects: ‘Double City Manifesto,’ a graphic short story by Gregory Sholette & Christopher Darling; and ‘Donald, or a Portrait of the Artist at Dusk’ by Omer Fast.

From this issue

Q: What is art for?
A: To escape.

Sifting fact from fiction

BY Christy Lange |

Prisoners of conscience and creative acts

BY Kaelen Wilson-Goldie |

De Appel’s new course in art dealing

BY Jason Farago |

National identity and ‘global fiction’

BY Rajeev Balasubramanyam |

Literature versus art history

BY Quinn Latimer |

Chilean director Pablo Larraín discusses the merging of fact and fiction in his films

BY Rob White |

A growing number of filmmakers, musicians and visual artists have begun to revisit the rave and jungle ecologies of the early 1990s

BY Sukhdev Sandhu |

What does the term ‘gallerina’ symbolize?

BY Isobel Harbison |

The changing face of graduate exhibitions

BY Tom Morton |

The Mexican novelist lists the books that have influenced her

BY Chloe Aridjis |

Are objects more real than words? Or, how poet and novelist Ben Lerner stopped being jealous and learned to love the virtual

BY Ben Lerner |

The spaces between rumour, information and circulation

BY Jonathan P. Watts |

A portrait of the West Bank that fuses fact and fiction

BY Katya García-Antón |

How artists visualize political reality through the artifice of fiction

BY Katie Kitamura |

Studio pottery, anti-art, John Fahey and compost

BY Tom Morton |

Sisyphean tasks and the failed Utopias of Modernist architecture

BY Noemi Smolik |

David Levine, whose work embraces theatre, performance and video, discusses acting and identity

BY Dan Fox |

An excerpt from Men and Apparitions, a novel in progress

BY Lynne Tillman |

A 1913 children's book

BY Jennifer Higgie |

How will stories be told in the future? frieze asks nine artists and writers to reflect on how narrative structures will change as technology advances

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

BY Robert Barry |

The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK

BY Chris Sharratt |

Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

BY Mitch Speed |

The group show of ‘painters’ painters’, curated by Eric Crosby and Bartholomew Ryan, focused on the persistence of formal abstraction but did not go on to ask why

BY Jonathan Thomas |

A graphic novel specially commissioned by frieze

BY Christopher Darling |

Is it an artist’s duty to bear witness to suffering? Journalism, documentary and the ethics of reporting

BY Lara Pawson |