Lisa Tan: Dodge and/or Burn


Publishing editor: Ilaria Bombelli

Graphic design: Anna Azzali

Texts by: Therese Kellner, Charlotta Björklind, Asier Mendizabal,

Haytham el-Wardany, Richard Julin, Lisa Tan


104 pages

Softcover, 16.5 x 22 cm

ISBN 9788867496143

€ 25 / $ 30


This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition:

Lisa Tan Dodge and/or Burn

Accelerator, Stockholm, Sweden

September 16, 2023 – February 11, 2024

Curator: Therese Kellner


Lisa Tan: Dodge and/or Burn is conceived as a continuation of the artist’s eponymous solo exhibition at Accelerator gallery, Stockholm. Inspired by a drawing made by the famous neurologist Oliver Sacks representing the physiological organization of migraines, Tan created a system of “open walls” for viewers to navigate. Her attention to “the intersection between the nervous system and interior life as a way of examining how art operates, uncertainty, and the formation of the self” is deepened in the publication thanks to the essays of three authors whose work has affected Tan’s thinking.


Psychoanalyst Charlotta Björklind and artist Asier Mendizabal analyze the overlapping of inner and outer life, the misalignment of subjective experience from representations of it, and negotiations between mind and brain, while the narration of writer Haytham el-Wardany meditates on the breath between words.


Throughout the book, at the top of the pages, runs a transcription of the voice-over monologue from Tan’s video Dodge and Burn (2021–23).



Lisa Tan

Sunsets, Waves, Notes From Underground


Editor and designer: Joshua Shaddock

Contributions: Mara Lee, Lauren O'Neill-Butler, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Lisa Tan

Publisher: Archive Books, Distributor: Anagram Books

Size: 13 x 19.6 cm

Pages: 191

Cover: Paperback with flaps

ISBN: 978-3-943620-43-6


Sunsets, Notes From Underground, Waves serves as a guidebook of sorts to Lisa Tan’s eponymous video suite. Containing illustrated transcriptions of each video and texts by Mara Lee, Lauren O'Neill-Butler, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and the artist, it both catalogues and responds, sticks to the facts and allows for hearsay.


The concept of the liminal permeates Tan’s videos: drifting between day and night, above and below ground, land and sea. An analogous transit is offered by this book, suspending the reader between the empirical and subjective, with the hope of fulfilling the promise held out by the liminal: transformation.




Published texts, interviews


Tan, Lisa, Little Petra, 2021. PDF (814 KB)

52proposalsforthe20s, invited by Maria Lind

Artist Q&A, Whitechapel Gallery Blog, May 6, 2020. PDF (8.1 MB)

Podcast: Lisa Tan och Ashik Zaman i samtal om Tans arbeten, VERK | TIDSKRIFT, October 1, 2018.

Wildt, Franziska, "Interview: Lisa Tan," Artblog Cologne, May 3, 2016. PDF (1.1 MB)

Tan, Lisa, "Document of its Own Method," Sunsets, Notes...,Waves. Archive Books, 2016. PDF (100 KB)

Tan, Lisa, For Every Word Has Its Own Shadow. Gothenburg: ArtMonitor, 2015. (PhD thesis) PDF (281 KB)

Tan, Lisa, "Julkalendar" Kunstkritikk, 2015. PDF (707 KB)

O'Brien, Nicholas, "An interview with artist Lisa Tan" WAX magazine, Issue 7, Summer 2015. PDF (823 KB)

Grennberger, Martin, "Interview: Lisa Tan," Kunstkrittik, Feb 24, 2015, Online. PDF (342 KB)

Tan, Lisa, Text for exhibition at Galleri Riis, Stockholm, Jan 14 - Feb 21, 2015. PDF (158 KB)

Algün Ringborg, Meriç and Erdem Taşdelen, eds. Investigations on Artistic Subjectivity. Stockholm: Antrepo AB, 2014

Kaila, Jan, Henk Slager, and Annette W. Balkema, eds. Doing Research. Helsinki: Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, 2012.

O’Neill-Butler, Lauren, "500 Words: Lisa Tan," Artforum, April 2011, Online. PDF (237 KB)


Exhibition catalogues and texts


Shaddock, Josh, "Take the Stairs," osloBIENNALEN, 2019. PDF (104 KB)

Huldisch, Henriette. An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art, MIT List Visual Arts Center

DelMonico/Prestel, 2017.

Paitz, Kendra. Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy, University Art Galleries of Illinois State Univ, 2017.

Ickes, Charlotte. Descent, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Philadelphia, 2016.

Cornell, Lauren. Surround Audience: New Museum Triennial 2015, Skira Rizzoli, New York,  2015.

Ipiña, Rocío Gracia, Sergio Rubira, and Marta De La Torriente. Sur Le Dandysme Aujourd´hui, Del  Maniquí En El Escaparate a La Estrella Mediática, Centro Galego De Arte Contemporanea, Santiago De Compostela, 2013.

Hernandez Chong Cuy, Sofia, 84 handkercheifs, an umbrella and some books, exhibition monograph, Kadist Art Foundation, Sept 2008.


Selected reviews


- James Taylor-Foster. Lisa Tan’s Dodge and/or Burn, e-flux Criticism, November 16, 2023. (PDF 577 KB)

- Jesper Strömbäck Eklund. OMG R U 4 Real? At Accelerator in Stockholm, Lisa Tan dissects a contemporary neurotic with great accuracy, Kunstkritikk, September 23, 2023. (PDF 5.7 MB)

- Håkan Nilsson. Dodge and/or Burn. Dräpligt om människans fäfänga kontrollbehov, Svenska Dagbladet, September 24, 2023. (PDF 975 KB)

Ravini, Sinziana, "Eyes in the Back of Your Head," Kunstkritikk, September 16, 2021. (PDF 12.1 MB)

van Schaik, Minke, "Melly’s transformatie – in 84 stappen naar een verwelkomende kunstinstelling," Metropolis M, July 21, 2021. PDF (7.2 MB)

Corina Wahlin, "Back to our future," C-print, March 2020. PDF (584 KB)

Heidi Bale Amundsen, "Beroligende midler," Kunstkritikk, November 1, 2019. PDF (394 KB)

Katz Thor, Rebecka, "Den politiske Sontag," Kunstkritikk, April 27, 2018. PDF (990 KB)

Contemporary Art Daily, November 18, 2016. PDF (848 KB)

Arnold, Frances, "Raqs Media Collective’s Shanghai Biennale Finally Ditches the Overdone Dichotomy between East and West" Artsy, November 14, 2016. PDF (1.3 MB)

Kurland, Justine, "Cirriculum, A List of Favorite Anythings" Aperture, Issue 220, Fall 2015. PDF (9.5 MB)

Jones, Ronald, "Review: Lisa Tan, Galleri Riis," Artforum, May 2015. PDF (1.4 MB)

Strand, David, "Art in Focus: 'Waves' by Lisa Tan," Vanguard Seattle, May 22, 2015. PDF (95 KB)

Scott, Sue, "2015 Triennial: Surround Audience," Brooklyn Rail, May 6, 2015, Online. PDF (203 KB)

Traps, Yevgeniya, "A Diaspora at the New Museum," Forward, May 2, 2015. Online. PDF (235 KB)

Duke, Laurie, "Review: Surround Audience," curating moving images, Apr 20, 2015, Online. PDF (304 KB)

Healey, Dale Megan, "The Intimate Art of Active Reading," Hyperallergic, Apr 9, 2015, Online. PDF (450 KB)

Cotter, Holland, "Review: Triennial Casts a Wary Eye on the Future," The New York Times, Feb 26, 2015. PDF (1.3 MB)

Wolin, Joseph R., "2015 Triennial: Surround Audience," TimeOut New York, Feb 26, 2015. PDF (743 KB)

Burns, Charlotte, "New Museum's Triennial: wired for the future," The Guardian, Feb 25,  2015. PDF (261 MB)

Berggren, Beata, "Lisa Tan: Arbetsbordet som objekt," Kunstkrittik, Jan 21, 2015, Online. (Swedish) PDF (192 KB)

Bons, Magnus, "Lisa Tan på Galleri Riis,", Jan 27, 2015, Online. (Swedish)

Kakan, "Här va det konst! Lisa Tan på Galleri Riis," Nöjesguiden, Jan 14, 2015, Online. (Swedish)

Karnell, Anders, "Låt kettlebelss ta plats!," Nöjesguiden, Jan 28, 2015, Online. (Swedish)

Ulekleiv, Line, "Fremmedgjort i Lofoten" Kunstkritikk, Sept 18, 2013, Online. (Norwegian) PDF (542 KB)

Wender, Jessie, Editor, "Books as Muses," The New Yorker, Oct 9, 2012, Online.

Dubois, Colette, "Lisa Tan: Sunsets", Review, H-Art, May 2012. PDF (858 KB)

Dubois, Colette, "Les Prince des rayons," H-Art, Issue #98, June 2012. PDF (182 KB)

Corbetta, Caroline, "È Lisa Tan la promessa su cui scommette Carsten Höller" L’Uomo Vogue, Jan 2012. PDF (232 KB)

"Lisa Tan, What follows is an ordinary situation" Monopol Magazin Für Kunst Und Leben, Apr 2011. PDF (71 KB)

Haskell, Caitlin, " Lisa Tan," Art Lies, No. 68, Spring/Summer 2011, p. 80. PDF (268 KB)

O’Neill-Butler, Lauren, “Review: Lisa Tan, Arthouse at the Jones Center" Artforum, April 2011. PDF (343 KB)

Tagliafierro, Marco, "Critics’ Picks: Llama," Artforum, Jan 2011, Online. PDF (158 KB)

Lorent, Claude, “Les infimes frontiers du son et de l’image”, Arts Libre, April 16, 2010. (French) PDF (763 KB)

Archey, Karen, "AFC's Fall Preview: Project Space Edition, Three's Company," Art F City, Sept 2009. PDF (70 KB)

Tristan Trémeau, “Review: There is No(w) Romanticism," Le Même, Issue 43, June 2009. PDF (403 KB)

Stillpass, Zoe, “Review: Ambassador Suites,” Flash Art, Jan-Feb 2009.

Sennewald, Jens Emil, “Review: Archeology of Longing,", Dec 2008, Online. PDF (298 KB)

Désanges, Guillaume, “Review: Archeology of Longing," Exit Express, Nov 2008.

O’Neill-Butler, Lauren, “Critics’ Picks: Moving a Mountain,” Artforum, May 2008, Online. PDF (664 KB)

Cotter, Holland, “Review: Nina in Position,” The New York Times, February 15, 2008. PDF (60 KB)

Cole, Lori, “Critics’ Picks: Nina in Position,” Artforum, March 2008, Online.

Smolik, Noemi, “Lisa Tan: The Baudelaire Itineraries” Artforum, Sept 2007. PDF (238 KB)

Zellen, Jody, “Lisa Tan: One Night Stand,” Art Papers, March 2007. PDF (176 KB)

Rattemeyer, Christian. “First Take,” Artforum, Jan 2006, p. 184-186. PDF (394 KB)

Pollack, Barbara. “Review; Happenstance,” Time Out, Issue 536, Jan 5-11, 2006. PDF (184 KB)

Cotter, Holland. “Review; Happenstance,” The New York Times, Dec 30, 2005. PDF (63 KB)

Sicha, Choire, “Review; Liars and Forgetters,” The New York Times, Sunday Oct 17, 2004.

Lehmann, Ulrike. “Der Erfundene Zwilling,” Kunstforum International, Bd. 158, Jan-Mar 2002.


Printed projects

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