The Work of Wind: Land

Christine Shaw & Etienne Turpin (eds.)

The Work of Wind: Land takes as its conceptual starting point the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force for “Use on Land”—the index of thirteen levels measuring the effects of wind force published in 1806 by British sea admiral Sir Francis Beaufort. Through a system of observation, the scale measures the wind speed by observing how it decomposes on land (e.g. leaves are blown from trees, chimney pots lifted, houses are destroyed) and, respectively, how it composes at sea (e.g. waves are formed).


The publication is the first of two volumes (followed by The Work of Wind: Sea, forthcoming 2022). Together, The Work of Wind: Land and The Work of Wind: Sea are part of the curatorial initiative WORK OF WIND: AIR, LAND, SEA, developed in 2018–2021 by Christine Shaw, Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga. As an integral part of this program, K. Verlag was commissioned to respond to the initiative’s broad multidisciplinary field of inquiry and experimentation with the realization of the two companion publications.

The Work of Wind: Land. Edited by Christine Shaw & Etienne Turpin. With contributions by Rouzbeh Akhbari & Felix Kalmenson, d’bi.young anitafrika, Amy Balkin, Jesse Birch, D.T. Cochrane, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Anna Feigenbaum, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Ilana Halperin, Tom Keefer, Barbara Marcel, Mimi Onuoha, Tomás Saraceno, Christine Shaw, Juliana Spahr, Adrienne Telford, Etienne Turpin, Allen S. Weiss, Tania Willard, and Eva Wilson. Design by K. Verlag in collaboration with Katharina Tauer.


>>> Read the Introduction by Etienne Turpin [ PDF ]



336 pages

19 x 24.5 cm

Color images

Hardcover, thread-bound

ISBN 978-3-9818635-8-1


Co-published by K. Verlag in partnership with the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga


The Work of Wind: Land won the 2019 “Best Book Design Award” in the Canadian OAAG competition of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.


Published in September 2018


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