SWARM

The Exchange in Penzance warmly hosted 'Swarm' on Saturday 23rd April. Initiated by KARST and Back Lane West and organised by Field Notes SWARM invited artists and organisations from across the South West to meet and chat. Sharp and funny presentations from Gordon Dalton (featuring the above owl), Network Manager Visual Arts South West, and Lucy Stein and Simon Bayliss ('Machu Picchu / Pecha Kulcha...'). Simon's write up on the day is here. Thanks for the invite Field Notes.

The Cornwall Workshop

I am very pleased to have been selected as a participant for The Cornwall Workshop - a weeklong intensive residential workshop for artists, curators and writers based in the South West. The 2016 Workshop will be led by acclaimed British artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers and will focus on artists’ moving image practices, with an emphasis on analogue technologies. It will be programmed with LUX, the national agency that supports and promotes artists working with the moving image. Eleven participants were selected from open submission along with 5 invited international participants - see  - www.thecornwallworkshop.com

Tate St Ives

I have been covering the role of Learning Curator at Tate St Ives since May last year, which comes to an end next month. I have been resident in Pendeen, a small village in West Penwith, wild and windy with more than one good pub. During my time Sam Thorne was Artistic Director, now Director of Nottingham Contemporary, and I've worked with wonderful, knowledgeable people about all things Cornwall, although yet to hit the dance floor of the '3 Ferrets', and therefore perhaps cannot truly say I've been here. Highlights for me have been programming The Beehive - first version with Catherine Haines, second, about to launch with Katie Schwab, as well as working with many families and young people and just soaking up all that is idiosynchratic about St Ives and the seaside Tate. 

The World in London tours to China

The Photographers’ Gallery, London in collaboration with The Pin Projects, Beijing OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen and with support from the British Council present Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today, until 12 July 2015. Also on display is The World in London, a major public art project initiated by The Photographers’ Gallery in 2012 to coincide with the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The project presents 204 photographic portraits of 204 Londoners, each originating from one of the nations competing at the Games. I was one of the 204 commissioned artists and the exhibition includes my portrait of Corina Armel from Mauritius (triggered by Dot the cat).

Eventually Everything Connects

Installing exhibition with Mandy Lee Jandrell at Solent Showcase Gallery. Joint installation, which comes from a desire to reflect the seperate but simultaneous change in our practices and emphaise the recurring elements and new formal concerns of the work. Blinding vegetation bursts into the space and there is an overlap of literal reflections with a narrated voiceover that addresses both an absent other and the viewer. Includes new videos 'She is already here' made with Nadège Mériau and collaborative work 'Exhaustion' with Max Catterall. Exhibition runs until 20 June.

Exeter Phoenix Moving Image Commission - Shortlist

Collaborative practice with Max Catterall since last year, films recently shown as part of PIGDOGMONKEYFESTOS at Airspace Gallery and Exeter Phoenix and as part of open screening at Whitechapel Gallery. Proposal for new moving image work has been shortlisted for the Exeter Phoenix Artists' Moving Image Commission.  Max is based in Bournemouth, and I will shortly be moving to St Ives to take up role as Learning Curator at Tate St Ives, the Commission would be a great chance to continue to develop our practice with the support of a major South West gallery.

New work

Filming in the studio this week, working on a new moving image piece for the forthcoming exhibition 'Eventually Everything Connects' at Solent Showcase gallery with Mandy Lee Jandrell (inc. collaborative piece with Max Catterall). Working title 'The Assistant', filming in Russian Club studios (thank you Matt Golden) around the idea of the slippage between a directed and accidental moment, conflating the role of Photographer / Assistant and the studio as a site of installation and potential dwelling.  Thanks to Nadège Mériau for her assistance and consulting. Publication to accompany the show drawn from the project blog - connectseverything.tumblr.com

Except The Mirror talk

Talk yesterday with Alice Walton at Format Festival for the 'Except The Mirror' exhibition. Installation shots above from the show, which includes the work of Sophie Clements, Annie MacDonell, Tom Lovelace, Richard Paul, Melanie Stidolph and Alice Walton. Alice and I talked about and invited audience participation into the concept of 'The Double' in artist's practice.  We have begun a two year conversation project to culminate in a joint installation / text piece.  Our starting point for the talk was this quote from Emma Cocker ‘An action is begun before knowing what it might enable. A conversation is initiated in the absence of intention; attention given to the pauses and durations breathed between the words.’

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