An exercise emphasizes transformation; it exists because it believes in the possibility of continued change and in the occasional benefit of falling off the wagon. It is private with an aim for a public; it can be individual but also take the shape of a group endeavor. The point is to keep on going and not separate making from everyday doing. The Wilson Exercises, an extended conversation and sharing platform between Anna Craycroft, Marc Vives and Rivet, kept these ideas in mind when becoming a summer residency with a semi-open door studio policy in Rogaland Kunstsenter, Norway (July 2014); a newly commissioned exhibition, The End of Summer, at Redcat (December 2014-Februray 2015); and a retranslation of its previous form, In Cycling Mode, at Espai 13 at the Miró Foundation in Barcelona (March-May 2015).
The project's fourth public manifestation, Manual, is a publication and examines the exercise between habit and improvisation and features contributions by Trinie Dalton, Diedrich Diederichsen, Ruth Estévez, Geir Haraldseth, and Rivet. It contains visual materials by Anna Craycroft and Marc Vives and is designed by Project Projects.
This exhibition was made possible with support from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Arts Council Norway, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, donors to the REDCAT Circle, Royal Norwegian Consulate in New York. Many thanks to Ruth Estevez, Geir Haraldseth, Juan Canela and Ane Aguirre for taking a leap into the void.