Ahmet Ögüt – Tahrite Bugün/Today in History

Parodying the format of a regular newspaper column, Today in History/Tarihte Bugün presents a series of drawings and paraphrased stories, extracted from Turkish newspapers from the last four decades. The news stories are sometimes poetic, sometimes overtly political, and sometimes strangely surreal. Dislocated from their original context and presented as an artist’s impression, the workContinue reading “Ahmet Ögüt – Tahrite Bugün/Today in History”

Gest: Laboratory of Synthesis

Initiated by a series of events and discussions during the exhibition Gest at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, this book Gest: Laboratory of Synthesis #1, includes a range of essays and interviews bringing together philosophers, artists, theorists and critics to discuss new approaches to art writing. It operates in the widening gap between theContinue reading “Gest: Laboratory of Synthesis”

Shezad Dawood – Feature Reconstruction

With a cast that included Chief Crazy Horse, Krishna, a Valkyrie, a bunch of zombies, some fetish boys, a donkey and an albino snake, Shezad Dawood’s film Feature: Reconstruction effortlessly slips between film genres, playing havoc with the unwritten rules of distinction and boundary. Similarly Feature: Reconstruction is not just simple documentation of a film.Continue reading “Shezad Dawood – Feature Reconstruction”

Roni Horn – Vatnasafn/Library of Water

For the past 30 years, the work of artist Roni Horn has been intimately involved with the distinctive geography, geology, climate, and culture of Iceland. Since her first encounter with the island as a young arts graduate, she has returned to Iceland for extended periods of time every year. Iceland has been both a museContinue reading “Roni Horn – Vatnasafn/Library of Water”

Jeremy Deller – The English Civil War Part II

In 1984 the National Union of Mineworkers went on strike. The dispute lasted for over a year and was the most bitterly fought since the general strike of 1926, marking a turning point in the struggle between the government and the trade union movement. On 18 June of that year, the Orgreave coking plant was theContinue reading “Jeremy Deller – The English Civil War Part II”

Michael Landy – Break Down

Artist Michael Landy made an inventory of everything he owned: every item of furniture, every book, every piece of clothing, every cat toy… The list took three years to complete and contained 7,227 items. Then, with the help of a large machine and an overall-clad team of operatives, he set about destroying it all. AfterContinue reading “Michael Landy – Break Down”

John Berger and Simon McBurney – The Vertical Line

Over four nights in February 1999, the writer and art historian John Berger and Theatre de Complicite’s director Simon McBurney and the actress Sandra Voe conducted an intimate journey spanning 30,000 years, inscribing a downward line through time 30 metres below central London. Part theatrical event, part archaeological dig, The Vertical Line led visitors / participants downContinue reading “John Berger and Simon McBurney – The Vertical Line”

The Missing Voice – Janet Cardiff

Commissioned by Artangel, throughout 1999 Canadian artist Janet Cardiff realised what was her most ambitious work to date then, The Missing Voice (Case Study B), in London’s East End. Part urban guide, part detective story, part film noir, Cardiff’s work draws you in as an accomplice in a narrative that shifts through time and space. SeductiveContinue reading “The Missing Voice – Janet Cardiff”

Longplayer – Jem Finer

This publication requires a bit of a preamble, as the project it relates to is seemingly simple, but has both conceptually and technically quite some complexity within it. In short, Longplayer is a 1,000-year musical composition that runs continuously and without repetition from its start – 1 January 2000 (mid-day in Australia, but mid-day 31 December 1999Continue reading “Longplayer – Jem Finer”

Off Limits: 40 Artangel Projects

Surveying 40 projects realised over the previous decade by film-makers, writers, visual artists, composers, choreographers and performers, this book was more or less my parting shot after nearly 5 years working on publications for the arts commissioning organisation Artangel. Published in 2002, the aim of the book was to provide an overview of the range ofContinue reading “Off Limits: 40 Artangel Projects”

Fabrications & Book Works

In a similar vein as the publications I produced while working at Artangel, it is high time I consider the specific nature and processes at work in the series ‘Fabrications’, which I commissioned and produced for independent art book publisher Book Works. London. After having focused on project work for several years in Scotland (including Zenomap, Scotland’sContinue reading “Fabrications & Book Works”

Artangel

It seems like a lifetime ago, and in many respect it is. However, the series of publications I produced in relation to a range of Artangel project was highly influential in how my thinking about and approach towards working with artists, curators, designers, partner-organisations, writers and others evolved. It is time to explore the different books,Continue reading “Artangel”

Launch Test Dept Total State Machine

On Thursday 23 Aprll Test Dept’s book Total State Machine was – finally! – launched. The film DS30, which was commissioned for the 2014 AV Festival, preceded the launch at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton. DS30 features footage of mining communities around the River Tyne as well as Test Dept’s own performances during the mines’ strike, when their ‘FuelContinue reading “Launch Test Dept Total State Machine”

Subplots to a City – launched

After a series of unfortunate hiccups in the production process, Subplots to a City. Ten Years of In Certain Places was launched at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston on Wednesday 18 February. With an impressive turnout of artists, project participants, Preston City Council representatives, and University of Central Lancashire lecturers and students, theContinue reading “Subplots to a City – launched”

Olivia Plender book

I have been invited to work with Olivia Plender on a book that brings together newly commissioned texts, edited conversations, existing texts and excerpts, as well as her own reflections and comments on her wide-ranging practice and previously published writings by her and about her work by others. The book follows the exhibition ‘Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious’,Continue reading “Olivia Plender book”