The Dark Would

A pioneering anthology of international text artists and poets which crosses boundaries between language and art, a meditation on mortality, on bodies and disembodiment.

THE DARK WOULD was devised, edited and curated by Davenport, gathering work by over 100 contributors including some of the most noted artists and poets alive today: Richard Long, Jenny Holzer, Fiona Banner, Maggie O’ Sullivan, Tacita Dean, Tom Phillips, Tom Raworth, Nja Mahdaoui, Lawrence Weiner, Susan Hiller, Tsang Kin-Wah, Charles Bernstein and many, many more. The anthology is a book, and also manifested as a series of exhibitions and performances, including a major exhibition at Summerhall gallery in Edinburgh.



The anthology is split between two volumes – paper and virtual. Many of the works here are in two parts, speaking to one another across the paper/virtual divide, as a metaphor of dis/embodiment, considering time, mortality and human traces in the natural world.






Davenport writes: “THE DARK WOULD asks what it is to live in a body now, knowing that one day we won’t be here. Perhaps this is best done by people for whom language is itself a state of between-ness. Here is a gathering of artists who use language and poets who are in some wider sense artists.”