July 3rd, 2012 § Comments Off on Project Number 6: Tomorrow’s World § permalink
May 21st, 2012 § Comments Off on FAVELA Open Studios @ TRS § permalink
I thought it would be a great opportunity to try working at a larger scale and made this pentagonal sculpture from tape, cardboard tubes and paper.
Once it was built myself and my wife, Frances Disley, used it to show some of our work together. It was a nice opportunity for me to show some of the work that did not make it into P/N 6: Tomorrow’s World.
FAVELA lasted two days and is now over. The structure remains so I will using it as a place to experiment with playback of the many field recordings I collected over the winter.
May 11th, 2012 § Comments Off on Project Number 6: Tomorrow’s World – London § permalink
I’ve got new work in this show at Project Number in East London.
There’s shared concern with drawing out the aesthetic potential in defunct technologies and the failed dynamism of visions of the future. By extension there’s an attempt to explore the function of ‘progress’ as it manifests itself in the early 21st century.
The new work represents an ‘equalization’ of my attitude towards technology, how I’m no longer (as) seduced by it and increasing mindful of the material residue of break-neck technological progress. Digital media belongs with rope, paper and wood as part of a extended vocabulary which explores how we interact with our increasingly dematerialized world.
Project Number is curated by Chris Rawcliffe
Come along if you’re in London.
Private View: 18/5/12, 18.00 – 21.00
10 Cazenove Road,
Open weekends til 3/6/12 or by appointment
March 6th, 2012 § Comments Off on Painting Sounds – Rembrandt – Self Portrait at the Age of 63 – TNG § permalink
Recorded binaurally at The National Gallery.
“The avant-garde, which has lost itself over time, also pursues the primitive and the archaic. It is in this sense that one can say that the entry point to the present necessarily takes the form of an archeology; an archeology that does not, however, regress to a historical past, but returns to that part within the present that we are incapable of living.”
Georgio Agamben – What is the Contemporary? from What is Apparatus? Stanford, 2009.
March 6th, 2012 § Comments Off on Half Mile Island § permalink
This film was shot in Skemersdale at what purports to be the largest roundabout in Europe.
Throughout my work these days there is a preoccupation with circularity, a sense of orbiting in the everyday, of being part of cycles within cycles. I don’t mind this, to be part of a cycle is inherently positive, experimentation leads to progress or failure which leads more experimentation which leads to further progress or failure. Individual failure, social failure, global failure, or success and progress, is like the process of walking, a series of small falls, but inevitable forward momentum. The alternative is terrifying.
So I made this film about the largest roundabout in Europe (or the world as some might have it). It was filmed during the winter of 2011/12. I visited many times, took photo’s made sound recordings and recorded a lot of footage. I also researched the history of ‘Skem’ which can be traced all the way back to the Domesday book. Skemersdale was designated a new town in 1961, and had millions of pounds poured into making it a place to house overspill from Liverpool. A new infrastructure was built, famously without any traffic lights and lots of oversize roundabouts. Not as many people moved to Skemersdale as was originally planned and its fortunes have waxed and waned over the decades. This made it doubly interesting as a subject to film, the modernist aspirations for the town, which, thanks to politics, were never quite born out. All that really remains of this utopian vision of the new town is a series of enormous roundabouts and dual carriageways. If you have nowhere to go and don’t mind getting lost, I recommend a drive around.
Also on the roundabout there is a small copse in which teenagers hang out, there was evidence of a fire, beer cans etc. This notion of a round about as an island, a self contained piece of land in which possibilities can be explored, excited me. I spent a lot of time staring out of the window of my parents car as a child, being driven back from my nans along the M53 or whatever, listening to my walkman. That was prime daydreaming time too. Something of the experience of driving around Skem for hours at a time brought a sense of this back. I listened to science fiction audio books (now, not then) and sci-fi soundtracks as a way of connecting with Skem’s lost future. Clips and samples of these make up the soundtrack of the video.
There’s a pursuit of Deleuze’s ‘Time Image’ in the single take lasting half an hour (quite a while to spend on a roundabout!) During this time, this circular journey, I oscillated between realm of memories and the imagination, the past and the future penetrating the present. It was an enjoyable experience.
March 6th, 2012 § Comments Off on Tomorrow’s World Gallery Shots § permalink
February 10th, 2012 § Comments Off on Shit Show and Tomorrow’s World § permalink
I have the honour of being included in two shows in Manchester on the 24th of Feb.
Shit Show at Malgras| Naudet:
Tomorrow’s World is an exhibition of working ideas and material experiments with the aim to test out and develop initial concepts to create an open dialogue with the audience in a gallery environment. Situated at Rogue Studios Project Space, the exhibition brings together two artists who examine the material residue of technological progress. Our re-workings of past visions of the future and more recent obsolete technologies attempts to make a concrete punctuation in the unceasing forward flow of perpetual growth; to not only explore the ideology of progress under the conditions of late capitalism, but also question the polemic nature of technological progress itself.
Full press release here
Location details are:
January 25th, 2012 § Comments Off on The Lathe of Skem § permalink
November 28th, 2011 § Comments Off on Drawing Sessions @ TRS § permalink
The Drawing Sessions was held at The Royal Standard on 19th and 20th of November.
Saturday was a 12 hour drawing extraveganza with live music and sounds from lots of great musicians/sound artists. There were a couple of great presentations and lots of great drawings produced. I spent 12 hours making one drawing, which was a curious exerience for me…
More images and links to follow.
November 28th, 2011 § Comments Off on Love In @ Supercollider Blackpool § permalink
I’m in a show at Supercollider in Blackpool, a great space with a really interesting programme. The show revolves around the notion of love, and was initiated by discussions at The Royal Standard around the mutual respect that exists between artist led spaces such at TRS and Supercollider.
There are lots of great images of the show here
“November marks Supercollider’s third birthday and in order to celebrate the occasion has invited the artists at The Royal Standard to create and present new works.
The Royal Standard have responded to this invitation creating The Royal Standard Love In, an exhibition featuring the works of 13 Royal Standard studio holders, using notions of love and romance in as a catalyst; galvanizing their individual practice’s towards a common goal.”