The Feuilleton: I will bear witness.
a project by Jo Melvin

6 and 7 July 2021

The strategic use of ‘piggy-backing’ within journals or magazines has a rich historical context. This is known as the ‘feuilleton’ and it comes from French newspapers, popularised first by the symbolists and re-activated by so-called conceptual artists in the 1960s and 1970s. Marcel Broodthaers’s sly political and subversive feuilleton commentaries are a case in point. 


Seth Siegelaub set a precedent for the exhibition’s existence as document only, in his 1970 magazine Studio International. The initial approach Siegelaub wanted to was to us the magazine as a vehicle to ‘piggy-back ’ via the insertion of a separate pamphlet. Typically, the Feuilleton proclaims political, social messages with a clear ideological position in unexpected places.


The Feuilleton is a project founded by Jo Melvin beginning in the Edicola Spoleto to creates a platform for new radical interpretations of the palimpsest.


The MACRO – Museum for Contemporary Art of Rome spaces provide an extended platform for performance, sound, artists books, posters and other interventions made for the EDICOLA.


The contributors within MACRO are: Art & Language, Federico Antonini, Kate Atkin, Sophie Bouvier Ausländer, Riccardo Baruzzi, Gene Beery, Elisabetta Benassi, Andrew Bick, Johanna Bolton, Gavin Bryars, Stefano Calligaro, Elisa Cappelli, John Carson, Anne-James Chaton, James Cave, Adelaide Cioni, Alessandro Cicoria, Giulia Crispiani, A K Dolven, Allison Grimaldi Donahue, Alec Finlay, Barry Flanagan, Jeff Gibbons, Fabio Giorgi Alberti, John Giorno, Joschi Herczeg, Lucy Heyward, Michele Horrigan, Jeffrey Isaac, John Hussain Flindt, Michael Iveson, Olga Jevrić, Christine Kozlov,  Conor Kelly, John Latham, Sol LeWitt, Claudia Losi, Eleonora Luccarini, Juan Pablo Macias, Giuseppe De Mattia, Gabriele Di Matteo, Charlotte Moth, Jeremy Miller,  Olu David Ogunnaike, Giorgio Orbi, David Rickard, Tim O’Riley, Mattia Pajè, Janet Passehl,  Anne Tallentire, Dragoljub Raša Todosijevic, Claudia de la Torre, David Tremlett, Franco Troiani. 








6 July


3 pm

Via Crucis, by Jeremy Millar, will be performed once by Elena Marie Becker the trace will be visible until close on Wednesday 7th.


6 pm
Sophie Bouvier – Jo Melvin shows the publication Speaking in tongues


6.30 pm
Slip – performance by Jeff Gibbons and Fabio Giorgi Alberti


7 pm
(O for orange U for you: poem for the lips) by Barry Flanagan – performed by Jo Melvin and Adelaide Cioni



7 July


12.30 am
A part between by Lucy Heyward – performed by Elisa Cappelli


6 pm
Mike Iveson – Jo Melvin shows the publication Model_Caption_Epoch_repeat 


6.30 pm
New to age – performance lecture by Allison Grimaldi Donahue  



On both days Jo Melvin will perform Elisabetta Benassi’s performance Greetings from Alomogardo in random moments.


Via Crucis, by Jeremy Millar, will be performed once, on a time schedule that still has to be defined, by a performer that will be chosen in the next days.


Posters by:
Art & Language, Riccardo Baruzzi, Anne-James Chaton, Eleonora Luccarini, Gabriele Di Matteo, Tim O’Riley. 


Artists books and newspapers by:
Sophie Bouvier Ausländer, Gene Beery, Andrew Bick, Johanna Bolton, Stefano Calligaro, Adelaide Cioni, Alec Finlay, Michael Iveson, John Latham, Sol LeWitt, Claudia Losi, Juan Pablo Macias, Giuseppe De Mattia, Olu David Ogunnaike, Mattia Pajè, Tim O’Riley, David Rickard, Anne Tallentire, Franco Troiani.


Audio by:
Gavin Bryars, James Cave, A K Dolven with John Giorno, John Hussain Flindt, Juan Pablo Macias, Giuseppe De Mattia, Giorgio Orbi, Janet Passehl, David Tremlett.


Conceptual projects by:
Kate Atkin, Alessandro Cicoria, Barry Flanagan, Joschi Herczeg, Olga Jevrić, Christine Kozlov, Dragoljub Raša Todosijevic, Claudia de la Torre.


Videos by:
John Carson and Conor Kelly, Jeff Gibbons, Michele Horrigan.