A-Z> describes itself as an “exploratory curatorial platform”. Operating like an inversion of the structure of a ‘physical’ artist-led space, A-Z has a central online hub from which it produces a multiplicity of activity, utilising other dedicated online spaces & platforms, a host of print media (books, posters and postcards), and the organising of discussions. Anne Duffau, whose project A-Z is, spoke to us of the influence of Claire Parnet’s filmed interview with Gilles Deleuze, the 8-hour ‘Gilles Deleuze A-Z’, and the last interview he gave before his death. In the film Deleuze works his way through the alphabet, using each letter as a point of departure to converse around a subject, like an axis on which to intellectually pirouette. In a similar manner Duffau is working her way, non-linearly, from A through to Z, this simple system acting like a dynamo for the project’s production, potentially tracing and retracing the alphabet even when she’s reached the final death-knell of the Z.
Although to begin with the words for each letter were set by Anne for artists to respond to, this curatorial structure has grown into “somewhere between a battle and a conversation” between Anne and the artists she is approaching to work with, a conversational ping-pong to settle upon the theme and alphabetical spring-board for each project.
“Clay-like, morphing” is how Anne describes the project. Undertaken with no grand narrative to its over-arching scheme on a project-by-project basis, it has adapted to the specificity of opportunities Anne has received, and in turn responded to the requirements of each letter’s project. For example, contributing to the online platform or-bits.com’s ‘radio event’ 128 kbps objects presented on Basic FM, Duffau presented a 12 minute audio essay on “robotics and the next human ‘object’” under the title Eponym, for the letter ‘E’.