Introduction to After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory

Stephen Muecke


I wrote to Jimmie Durham last year with a view to putting together this special issue of Performance Paradigm, and this letter is reproduced below. The idea came not only from meeting Jimmie and Maria Thereza Alves in Sydney at the time of the 2004 Sydney Biennale (as discussed in Darren Jorgensen’s contribution to this volume), but also reading his writing, which arrives in surprising ways, in emails where he tells stories you are not sure are ‘true’, to essays, to narratives and poems. Noel King has attempted to collect as many references to these writings as he could, and this bibliography follows this introduction.

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Jimmie Durham, Columbus Day (Albuquerque, New Mexico: West End Press, 1983) 104 pp

Jimmie Durham, My Book: the East London Coelacanth, Sometimes Called Troubled Waters, the Story of British Sea Power (London: ICA, 1993) 48 pp

Jimmie Durham, A Certain lack of Coherence: Writings on Art and Cultural Politics ed. Jean Fisher (Kala Press, 1993) 255 pp

Laura Mulvey et al, ed., Jimmie Durham (London: Phaidon Press, 1995) 160 pp Nikos Papastergiadis and Laura Turney, On Becoming Authentic: An Interview with Jimmie Durham (Cambridge, England: Prickly Pear Press, 1995) pp 10-53. Now available as a free download at The Memory Bank: A New Commonwealth, at

Jimmie Durham, Between the Furniture and the Building (Between a Rock and a Hard Place) (Verlag de Buchhandlung Walter Konig, 1999) 158 pp. Text is in German and English. Published on the occasion of the exhibitions, “Jimmie Durham: Between the Furniture and the Building (Between a Rock and a Hard Place)”, 16th October to 22nd November 1998, at Kunstverein, Munich, and “Jimmie Durham – Zeichnungen,” 13th November to 30th December 1998 at daadgalerie, Berlin

Jimmie Durham, Charta (Milan: Fondatzione Antonio Ratti, Editzioni Charta 2004) 158 pp

The Antonio Ratti Foundation, on the initiative of Anni Ratti, runs The Advanced Course in Visual Arts, a Workshop which “offers young artists from all over the world the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned artists.”

Jimmie Durham, Second Particle Wave Theory (As Performed on the Banks of the River Wear, a Stone’s Throw from S’underland and the Durham Cathedral (Banff Centre, Banff, Canada: Walter Phillips Gallery Editions, 2005) 79 pp

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, “Jimmie Durham: Knew Urk” and the public project, “Particle/Wave Theory #2,” organised by the Reg Vardy Gallery and the Walter Phillips Gallery

Jimmie Durham, Workshop (held at Jolster, Norway 28th May to end of June 2003) ed. Arve Opdahl and Monica Dybvig (Eikas Galleriet and Gallerie Solvberget, 2003) 74 pp. Text in Norwegian

Jimmie Durham, “Foreword,” to Trace: Installaction Artspace Cardiff ’00 -‘05 (Bridgend, Wales: Seren, 2006) 96 pp

The book is a retrospective of the first five years of Trace, an independent art gallery in Cardiff, Wales.

Jimmie Durham, in Je Veux (Paris, France: One Star Press, 2004) 238 pp

Anna Daneri, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, and Robert Pinto, ed., Jimmie Durham (Charta Press, 2005) 160 pp. Two-hundred and thirty-one artists accepted an invitation to contribute a one-page project to this collection.

Jimmie Durham, Simon Ortiz and J Fisher, ed., The American West: Curated by Jimmie Durham and Richard Williams Hill (Compton Verney, 2005) 176 pp; Jimmie Durham, “Various Elements in Cowboy Life,” pp 9-22; “Cherokee-US Relations,” pp 51-59.

Jimmie Durham, included in Books Without Bias: Through Indian Eyes: Revised Second Edition (Berkeley, Ca: Oyate, 1988) 462 pp Jimmie Durham pp

Jimmie Durham, Generations of Art: Ten Years at FAR (Como, Italy: Charta/FAR, 2006) 152 pp

Stefano Boeri. Anna Daneri, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, and Robert Pinto, ed. Jimmie Durham (Charta Press, 2005), 160 pp; Jimmie Durham pp 13-25; 117-130

Jimmie Durham, and Gendai Bijutsu Senta CCA Kitakyushu, Stone Heart / Jimmie Durham (Kitakyushu: CCA Kitakyushu, 2001). No pagination, bilingual English/ Japanese text.

Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo, Jimmie Durham : The Bishop’s Moose and the Pinkerton Men, November 1 – (December 2, 1989 (New York, N.Y. : Exit Art, c1990) 36pp

Jimmie Durham and Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Jimmie Durham: rejected stones- Jimmie Durham: pierres rejetées (Paris : Paris-musées, 2009) 232 pp

Bart de. Baere, Jimmie Durham, Henk Visch, Ilya Kabakov & Huang Yong Ping, Rendez(-)vous/Jimmie Durham, Henk Visch, Ilya Kabakov & Huang Yong Ping (Gent : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, c1993) 132 pp

Jimmie Durham and Matt’s Gallery, Building a Nation: Matt’s Gallery, 1.11-17.12.2006 / Jimmie Durham (London: Matt’s Gallery, c2006) [10] pp

Arte all'arte (8th: 2003 : Tuscany, Italy), Arte all'arte: arte, architettura,

paesaggio / Jimmie Durham ... [et al.] ; a cura di Elio Grazioli e Hou Hanru (Prato :

Gliori ; San Gimignano : Associazione arte continua, 2003) 206 pp Catalogue of the 8th edition of the exhibition "Arte all'arte" held by Associazione arte continua in Buonconvento, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Montalcino, Poggibonsi, San Gimignano, and Siena, Sept. 13-Dec. 8, 2003. Italian and English.

Jimmie Durham, Mireille Calame , and Antoine Brawand, Les Sept points cardinaux: orientations écologiques: Mireille Calame ... [et al.]; témoignages, Jimmie

Durham ... [et al.]; dessins, Edmond Engel ; sous la direction de l'Équipe des Cahiers, [Antoine Brawand et al.] (Paris: Presses universitaires de France, c1978) 301 pp


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