X Close

Emerging Subjects Blog


Emerging Subjects of the New Economy: Tracing Economic Growth in Mongolia


Five Heads (Tavan Tolgoi) – Launched at greengrassi

By uczipm0, on 30 September 2018


By Hermione Spriggs – Curator of the Five Heads exhibition.

The Emerging Subjects exhibition Five Heads launched ceremoniously at greengrassi & Corvi-Mora on August 31st. It opened with introductory speeches, vodka libations to bless the artworks on show, and a morin khuur (“horsehead fiddle”) performance by London-based Mongolian musician Victor Nyamdavaa. The exhibition included works by Tuguldur Yondonjamts, Deborah Tchoudjinoff, Baatarzorig Batjargal, Yuri Pattison, Dolgor Ser Od and Marc Schmitz. It received reviews from Art Agenda and Contemporary art Daily, and will feature in the Nov/Dec issue of ArtAsiaPacific.

Five Heads, Installation View (photograph Brett Dee)

Five Heads opening event at greengrassi & Corvi-Mora (photograph Brett Dee)


Deborah Tchoudjinoff, Baigala, 2018. Steel, wood, VR (photograph Brett Dee)

Throughout the Five Heads project we have followed a guiding Mongolian principle of “separating to connect,” leaving space for new meaning to emerge through layers of exchange, translation and material process. Beyond the surprising and interrogative art works you see pictured here, new lasting relationships have formed through our gathering around the exhibition launch in London. These relationships will no doubt motivate future iterations of the project, and further experiments in art-anthropology collaboration. The experience of curating Five Heads and the warm afterglow that persists in its wake are well expressed through an anecdote Rebecca Empson shared with me, by way of a conversation she had with the recently deceased anthropologist Roy Wagner (whose own work was a major influence on the conceptual formation of Five Heads). Roy told Rebecca that certain research can only be conducted with and through humour. Of course, a peal of laughter – as with a flash of inspiration, or poetic analogy – involves a burst of energy that connects two disparate realms. In this sense, the works resulting from Five Heads can be thought of as metamorphic forms born of frictive energy released through the collision of art and anthropology. Or as “pearls and coral” thrown up from an underworld of hidden connections; that which Walter Benjamin has described as the “new beauty in what is vanishing.”[1]

Ser Od & Schmitz, “North of the North Pole”, Five Heads, greengrassi & Corvi-Mora, 2018 (photograph Brett Dee)

Exhibition publication

Launched in tandem with the Five Heads exhibition at greengrassi and Corvi-Mora, the publication Five Heads (Tavan Tolgoi): Art, Anthropology and Mongol Futurism (Hermione Spriggs, Ed., Sternberg Press, 2018) features visual documentation of multiple art-anthropology exchange processes, ethnographic texts, and further written contributions by Hermione Spriggs & Rebecca Empson, Richard Irvine, Simon O’ Sullivan, Uranchimeg Tsultem and Tsendpurev Tsegmid that introduce contemporary Mongolia as a dynamic site for conceptual and creative experimentation.

Cover and excerpt from Five Heads (Tavan Tolgoi): Art, Anthropology and Mongol Futurism.

In the essay section of this book, the Green Horse Society tells a history of art and culture newly untethered in post-Soviet Mongolia; an early style of ethnographic art known as “One Day in Mongolia” painting provides a canvas for urgent environmental protest; Mongolian hip-hop and nationalist poetry become ciphers for thinking through deep time; and space is opened up for what Simon O’Sullivan terms the “art-anthropology probe head” to do its important work. The book is available to purchase from the front desk of the UCL Anthropology Department, or directly from the publisher here.

The exhibition has now formally come to a close, but our conversation continues through a series of events hosted in collaboration with the cross-disciplinary art and research centre Arts Catalyst. Earlier this month we launched the publication with a panel discussion between artists Tuguldur Yondonjamts and Hermione Spriggs and anthropologists Bumochir Dulam and Rebecca Empson at Arts Catalyst. If you missed this but would like to listen back, the conversation will be soon available to stream. A subsequent display of materials showcasing the process behind the art-anthropology exchange will be open to the public in the UCL Department of Anthropology Foyer from the 8th October.

Tuguldur Yondonjamts is currently living and working in London as Artist in Residence at Arts Catalyst, and his evolving exhibition of work in progress is open to the public until the November 3rd (details here). On October 10th Tuguldur’s paired anthropological researcher Rebekah Plueckhahn is co-leading the workshop “The Infrastructure of Fortune: Extraction and Resistancewith artist Mikhail Karikis, also at Arts Catalyst. For more information and to book a place please follow this link.

[1] Walter Benjamin quoted in Hannah Arendt, Introduction to Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections [1st publ. by Suhrkamp Verlag, 1955] (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1968).


391 Responses to “Five Heads (Tavan Tolgoi) – Launched at greengrassi”

  • 1
    assd wrote on 17 June 2023:

    I was concerned about my problem which I was having for some years ago but thanks to them who guided me and made that look so easy! I would definitely rate them 5 stars! Slot Gacor Terpercaya

  • 2
    seo comments wrote on 18 June 2023:

    You have done something extraordinary this time. It is likely awesome, most short bit by bit guide that I have at any point seen alta survey alabama

  • 3
    otaquanii12 wrote on 19 June 2023:

    It was remarkable service! Very good staff!! They took care of my problem just like their own! It has been a wonderful experience for trusting them! Suggested to everyone! Wymagania wizowe online w Ameryce

  • 4
    Bingo wrote on 20 June 2023:

    I was surfing the Internet for information and came across your blog. I am very impressed by the information you have on this blog. That shows how well you understand the subject. run 3

  • 5
    Online Dissertation Writing Help wrote on 21 June 2023:

    Writing a dissertation can be a daunting task for any student. With the help of online dissertation writing services, students can get the assistance they need to write their dissertations with ease and accuracy. These services provide students with access to experienced writers who are familiar with the format and structure of dissertations. They also have access to an extensive library of research material and resources that can be used for their dissertations. With online dissertation writing help, students can save time and effort while ensuring that their dissertations are well-written and meet all academic requirements.

  • 6
    Dissertation Proofreading Services London wrote on 22 June 2023:

    Proofreading your dissertation is one of the most important steps in ensuring that your work is error-free and of the highest quality. With so many services available, it can be difficult to find the dissertation proofreading services London that meets your needs. Fortunately, there are a few key factors to consider when selecting a proofreading service, such as their experience and expertise, turnaround time, accuracy rate, and customer service. By taking these factors into account, you can ensure that you find the best possible dissertation proofreading services for your project.

  • 7
    seo comments wrote on 23 June 2023:

    Love to read it,Waiting For More new Update and I Already Read your Recent Post its Great Thanks. Movers Near Me

  • 8
    otaquanii12 wrote on 24 June 2023:

    Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely return. Visumaanvraagproces Turkije

  • 9
    Bushra wrote on 26 June 2023:

    Your website is really cool and this is a great inspiring article. Thank you so much. plr products

  • 10
    assd wrote on 26 June 2023:

    It’s an amazing site to keep yourself updated completely! Just one click here and whoops you are on the go! It’s great chance for all the people. I would suggest it to everyone! Thumbs up! seo backlinks

  • 11
    SEO wrote on 27 June 2023:

    Nice Informative Blog having nice sharing.. DW Heating Ltd

  • 12
    SEO wrote on 27 June 2023:

    I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business. https://pdft.ai/

  • 13
    Omar Sam wrote on 2 July 2023:

    LiveSoccer360: live soccer scores, fixtures, news and highlights

  • 14
    CBD wrote on 2 July 2023:

    This CBD cream provides you with all the benefits of hemp extract in a convenient, easy-to-use topical cream. Unlike other creams on the market, our cream is formulated with raw hemp extract, ensuring that you get all the essential lipids and nutrients that the plant has to offer.CBD pain relief

  • 15
    CBD wrote on 2 July 2023:

    This CBD cream provides you with all the benefits of hemp extract in a convenient, easy-to-use topical cream. Unlike other creams on the market, our cream is formulated with raw hemp extract, ensuring that you get all the essential lipids and nutrients that the plant has to offer.
    cbd cream

  • 16
    SEO wrote on 3 July 2023:

    thanks for the tips and information..i really appreciate it.. Diablo 4 Gems

  • 17
    SEO wrote on 3 July 2023:

    Thanks for your information, it was really very helpfull.. Slimming Gummies

  • 18
    seo comments wrote on 3 July 2023:

    Great article Lot’s of information to Read…Great Man Keep Posting and update to People.. Thanks best travel backpack

  • 19
    Brett Pitt wrote on 5 July 2023:

    jimmy johns promo code established its first outlet in 1983 in Charleston, IL with a menu that consisted of only four sandwiches with the same taste, hand-sliced meat, and fresh-baked bread as they make it today.

  • 20
    flickdealshub wrote on 6 July 2023:

    Are you looking for a Honeylove Discount Code, Look no further! In this article, we will explore Honeylove, a popular brand known for its innovative shapewear and bodywear solutions.

  • 21
    Brett Pitt wrote on 7 July 2023:

    golo promo code was established in 2009 with the exclusive purpose of discovering the reason why people are unable to lose weight or maintain their weight loss. The creators of GOLO are a hardworking group that includes medical professionals, pharmacists, and researchers.

  • 22
    Tribrid Packaging wrote on 7 July 2023:

    gold gable boxes is the first and foremost choice of many retailers for tuck boxes as they are easy to assemble, easy to use and yet cost-effective.

  • 23
    otaquanii12 wrote on 8 July 2023:

    I would like to thank the developers of this remarkable website and to provide us the comfortability for earning after using it! I am feeling much more relaxed than before! UI design services

  • 24
    SEO wrote on 8 July 2023:

    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Fantastic work! equityreleasewise.co.uk

  • 25
    seo comments wrote on 8 July 2023:

    I have bookmarked your blog, the articles are way better compared to other comparative online journals.. gratitude for an incredible blog! 188BET Login

  • 26
    seo comments wrote on 8 July 2023:

    it’s totally meanful. it’s truly cool blog. Interfacing is key thing.you have really helped stores of people who visit blog and give them usefull information. 188BET Login

  • 27
    Sunrise Metal Recycling Sydney wrote on 9 July 2023:

    Scrap metal recycling in Sydney has become increasingly simplified, thanks to a range of convenient and eco-friendly services. With the aim of promoting sustainability and reducing waste, numerous recycling centers now accept various types of scrap metal, including aluminum, copper, steel, and more. Learn more about the visit official updates here at Sunrise Metal Recycling

  • 28
    Sydney Dismantlers wrote on 10 July 2023:

    If you’re in Sydney and looking to get instant cash for your car, you’re in luck! Sydney offers a range of reliable and convenient options for selling your vehicle quickly and hassle-free. With a bustling market for used cars, you can easily find reputable car buyers who are willing to provide instant cash offers. Learn about the best car buyers or the cash for car/a> service providers

  • 29
    Sydney Sell My Car wrote on 10 July 2023:

    Looking to get instant cash for your scrap car in Sydney? We’ve got you covered! At our Sydney-based service, we offer quick and hassle-free cash for scrap cars. No matter the condition of your vehicle, we’ll give you a fair and competitive offer on the spot. Simply contact us, provide some basic details about your car, and we’ll arrange a convenient pickup time. Our experienced team will come to your location, inspect the car, and hand you the cash instantly. Say goodbye to that unwanted scrap car and hello to instant cash. Contact us now to turn your scrap car into money in no time! To know more Get a quote here by checking the required services.

  • 30
    สล็อตคลิปโต wrote on 11 July 2023:

    This is a very informative blog post สล็อตคลิปโตyou have good writing skills, I have subscribed to your blog for your upcoming post.

  • 31
    ติดต่อหวย ดาวโจนส์ wrote on 11 July 2023:

    This excellent website truly has all the information I needed about this subject and didn’t know who to ask. ติดต่อหวย ดาวโจนส์

  • 32
    Cash for Car Wrecker wrote on 11 July 2023:

    When selling your car in Sydney, there are numerous benefits to choosing auto wreckers. Firstly, they offer a convenient and hassle-free process. Instead of dealing with individual buyers, you can sell your car quickly and easily to the wreckers. Additionally, auto wreckers accept cars in any condition, whether they are old, damaged, or non-running. This means you can still get value from your vehicle, even if it’s no longer roadworthy. Furthermore, auto wreckers often provide free towing services, saving you the trouble and cost of arranging transportation. Maximize the benefits and sell your car with ease by choosing reputable auto wreckers in Sydney and you refer here to find a quote.

  • 33
    williamseo master wrote on 11 July 2023:

    I read this post your post so nice and very informative post thanks for sharing this post 188BET

  • 34
    Sell My Car Parramatta wrote on 11 July 2023:

    Get an instant online quote for your broken car in Sydney and enjoy top-rated cash offers! Our trusted service provides hassle-free solutions for selling your broken vehicle. Simply fill out our online form, providing details about your car’s condition, and receive a competitive quote within minutes. We specialize in buying broken cars in any state, saving you the stress of repairs or finding buyers. With our top-rated service, you can trust us to provide fair and transparent cash offers. Don’t let your broken car sit idle, get an online quote now and turn it into cash with ease. Find a quote now online with sell my car parramatta experts.

  • 35
    Botany car removal wrote on 12 July 2023:

    Selling your car for spot cash can be a quick and easy way to get rid of an unwanted car. If you are looking to sell your car in Sydney, be sure to get quotes from a few different companies to get the best possible price.

    Here are some additional tips for selling your car for spot cash:

    Be prepared to provide the make, model, year, and mileage of your car.
    Have your car clean and in good condition.
    Be realistic about the price you expect to get.
    Be prepared to negotiate.
    With a little bit of preparation, you can sell your car for spot cash in Sydney and get the money you need quickly and easily. Get a Quote Online for Cars Inspections

  • 36
    williamseo master wrote on 12 July 2023:

    The information provided by you is really very good and helpful for me. surebeauty

  • 37
    williamseo master wrote on 12 July 2023:

    The information provided by you is really very good and helpful for me. surebeauty reviews

  • 38
    SEO wrote on 12 July 2023:

    Great Article it its really informative and innovative keep us posted with new updates. its was really valuable. thanks a lot. Atrungroi

  • 39
    SEO wrote on 13 July 2023:

    Please share more like that. Mua Xo So Online

  • 40
    seo comments wrote on 13 July 2023:

    I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work. 스폰빵

  • 41
    rabia wrote on 14 July 2023:

    This is my first-time visit to your blog and I am very interested in the articles that you serve. Provide enough knowledge for me.