The History of Nothing and Other Excursions by Jasia Reichardt (paperback)


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The History of Nothing and Other Excursions is a previously unpublished essay made in 1975 by art curator and critic Jasia Reichardt in collaboration with Eduardo Paolozzi. It explores Paolozzi’s ideas and works to create his famous twelve-minute film History of Nothing (British Film Institute Archive). The black and white film from 1962 present us through a surrealist collage in time to the broad and mysterious culture of the mid-twentieth century.

Scottish artist, Eduardo Paolozzi (7 March 1924 – 22 April 2005), was born in Leith near Edinburgh. He is best known for his pioneering developments in the iconic Pop Art movement, but he is also widely considered for his bronze sculptures, screenprints and collages. Paolozzi was particularly interested in the mass media and in science and technology and studied in Edinburgh, London and spent two years in Paris from 1947 – 1949. Alongside teaching at various art schools, Paolozzi developed his artistic practices in printmaking and sculptures and gained worldwide recognition for his incredible artwork.

Jasia Reichardt writes, lectures, and organises events about subjects which deal with the relationship of art to other areas of human activity such as architecture, science, technology. She was assistant director of the ICA, director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, and tutor at the AA. She has written books on art, computers, robots, and the future.