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.

Photographic studio with equipment

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. 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.

Installation shot

Except The Mirror exhibition talk

Talk yesterday with Alice Walton at Format Festival for the Except The Mirror exhibition which I curated and features 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.  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.’

Acts of Looking logo

Acts Of Looking

New work Diversions and stills from the video The Conversation III are included in Acts of Looking, a new online project curated by Hannah Starkey. Launched as a projection onto the walls of the Royal Festival Hall as part of Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival – Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March. Includes work by Clare Strand, Melanie Manchot, Anna Fox, Esther Teichmann and Melina Gibson – actsoflooking.tumblr.com

Skull and speech bubble 'You Understand'

Phoenix Gallery, Exeter

PIGDOGANDMONKEYFESTOS is an exhibition curated by Shaun Doyle & Mally Mallinson, exploring contemporary artists’ manifestos and works inspired by the manifesto format. I’m showing a new collaborative work made with Max Catterall, artists include; Dean Kenning, David Blandy and Larry Achiampong, Mathieu Beausejour, Clunie Reid, Oona Grimes, Richard Paul, Frank Wasser, Katie Schwab, Jenny Moore, Dominic from Luton, Alice Walton, Tanja Ritterbex, Benedict Drew, Doyle and Mallinson, Shane Bradford, Cedar Lewisohn, Patricia Ellis, Harriet Murray, Neil Taylor, Peter Lamb, Ami Clarke, Sarah Lucas, Leigh Clarke, Jessica Voorsanger, Emma Hart, Melanie Stidolph and Abigail Lane. Touring show, first iteration at AirSpace Gallery in June 2014. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

Format Festival 2015: Evidence

Very pleased that Except the Mirror, my proposal for a group show has just been accepted for Format Festival 2015: Evidence.  It explores the movement and positioning of objects and found images in relationship to an evidencing and externalizing of artists’ thought. Included artists; Sophie Clements, Annie MacDonell, Tom Lovelace, Richard Paul, Alice Walton and myself.  More information available on the Format Festival – www.formatfestival.com. Evidence will run from 13th March to 12th April 2015 in Derby, UK.

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Whitechapel Gallery – Open Screening

Showed 4 short films on Thursday at the Whitechapel Gallery Open Screening. Recent works including Studio Noises from collaborative series with Max Catterall produced over the summer. Five emerging and established artist filmmakers presented their short film work and discussed it with the audience and Adjunct Film Curator Gareth Evans. Part of quarterly Open Screenings at www.whitechapelgallery.org.

Photo of book

An Imperfect Choice

New publication – Photosoup An Imperfect Choice – features new work by existing Photosoup contributors – including Gianni Forte, Carlos Saladén-Vargas and Eti Wade and new artists selected through the ‘early birds’ open call.  I have contributed new work and an introduction – ‘This form of interaction and group presentation that Photo-Soup is interested in pursuing suggests itself as a temporary alongsideness; creating and sustaining connections that enhance collaborative enquiry.’ Purchase hard back or download from photo-soup.org.

Title page for Playground 3 text

Playground 3, Tate Learning

New publication – Playground 3, produced by Schools and Teachers team, Learning, Tate London and designed by Shining Studio.  My text ‘I wanted the best for you’ stems from my experience as Art School Curator for the Schools and Teachers team.  The text is written around the notion of ‘allowing’ and is informed by and responds to the close working relationship with the artists, the logistics of working in a large institution and the possibility of freedoms to respond directly to the group and the artists’ practice. The publication features texts by artists and curators including Rosanna Mclaughlin, Sam Keogh, Amy McKelvie, Alice Walton, Elizabeth Graham and Anna Lucas. The publication will be launched at the Learning private view on Friday 28th November at Tate Britain – http://www.tate.org.uk

Studio lights

Collaboration

Working with Max Catterall www.maxcatterall.co.uk in studios in Bournemouth last week on new collaborative moving image pieces.  Using word association, mis-communication and interaction with the equipment to make solo and three way conversations with us and the cameras. Edit in progress for final works.