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.

Camden Arts Centre Symposium

Talking at the Camden Arts Centre Get The Message Symposium: Disability in Galleries, on behalf of Touretteshero and Schools and Teachers, Tate London, where I’m Curator for Art School.  Sharing the recent project We Forgot The Lot, which was a day event at Tate Britain aimed at young people with Tourette’s and their families.  The schools and teachers team worked collaboratively with Jess Thom and Matt Poutney from Touretteshero to programme a ‘take over’ of Tate for the day. www.camdenartscentre.org Broadcast live and archived on http://thisistomorrow.info

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TURF – AUB Grad show

The graduating year from BA (Hons) Arts University Bournemouth, where I’m Senior Lecturer, had their opening last night. Three floors of new practitioners at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, congratulations everyone!

Photo-Soup Open Call

Thanks for the invitation from Photo Soup to be one of the selectors for Photo-Soup's first Open Call, selected artists include Charlie Rubin and Anne Erhard, see the full list at www.photo-soup.org. Photo-Soup exists as a collaborative project to promote artists and projects without pursuing a defined curatorial agenda.

Alice Walton, ‘Not Her Real Name’, Tintype

Recently contributed to a discussion and resulting text with Jo Addison, Amy McKelvie and Alice Walton in the context of her solo show Not Her Real Name with Tintype Gallery.  ‘Alice staged a conversation from the work, not to talk about it so much as besides it. Noting that she had become aware of a circulating set of ideas, words really, that had kept her company for some time, and which increasingly resonated with (informed/borrowed from) conversations happening in and beyond the studio, she proposed talking with people and sharing ideas from the atmosphere of the show.’ Download the text here – Tintype Contemporary Art.

Work in Progress

Using recent footage from studio and work with Arts University Bournemouth students – experimenting with expanding the 'Conversation' film pieces, stretching the dialogue between myself and the camera equipment – so it becomes a kind of 'show and tell' between us.  Joining the moving image and stills, something in progress there about the use of layers and the imagined personas of camera and photographer.