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Documentation of a presentation of Capital (2001), recalling some of the 'fieldwork' and evolution of the project. Capital was a series of encounters between two iconic institutions - the Tate and the Bank of England - and the economies of debt and gift that they animate.....

 

So, I'm slowly learning to live with less, and experimenting with how to consume fewer resources. As part of these processes I'm making some of the things I might need or want, not in any dogmatic 'alt-right preppers' kind of way - I'm not about to be refining ore and forging weapons. Principally I'm trying to be more conscious of what might make life joyful, but not at the expense of others. Sharing what I've learnt is also important.

I'm finding that I'm making spaces, furniture and things, mostly inspired by Enzo Mari and the idea of using simple hand tools, everyday skills and readily available materials.

In September 2018, as part of The Peoples’ Bureau residency at The Collective, they invited me to participate in one of a series of discussions themed around the future of living, community and art that seeks to engage socially.

Out of the residency a publication developed, for which I wrote a text that jammed my understanding of Bruno Latour's deployment of 'matters of concern' with my experience of living on the Boundary Estate in east London. Here is an extract:

Phantoms, controversies and communities

Boundary Estate plan 1900

 

For the past thirty years I’ve lived on the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch east London, its the first public housing scheme built by a London wide authority, the London County Council in 1891. The estate was designed by a team of young architects inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement with a utopian intent, it was to replace the notorious slum the Old Nichol, and be a model for future public housing.

 

INVITATION TO BE OUR GUEST DURING OUR RESIDENTIAL STAY IN PARK ROYAL

Dear Neil.

The Peoples’ Bureau (PB) has been ‘in residency’ at Park Royal since May 2018, commissioned by Create London with support of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), with the aim to 'engage with the community around issues related to urban change.'

Armada portrait, Elizabeth I I was one of three artists commissioned to make a new artwork to coincide with the launch of The Box. After six months of research, with several site visits and meetings with designers, curators, Learning and Engagement staff, local politicians and Box management, as agreed in the contract, I made a proposal. Here it is:

Box: Plymouth proposal draft

Audio Journeys (working title)

I would like to make a series of audio journeys, that accompany visitors through their visit to the Box. The journeys will be audio files. The files could be downloadable from various locations – for example; a dedicated platform, the existing Soundcloud account, the Boxs' web presence, etc, so visitors can listen to them on their own devices. Like a podcast, they can even take them away with them.

Cascading micro-narrative architecture, as Composite performs a human performing a live-thread recall on the ocassion of the V&A Cluster's Bicentenary 2055.

Play It Again Use It Together

15 - 24 November 2018

On 14th September I went to see my friends and artists that I've frequenty collaborated with Eileen Simpson and Ben White’s latest Open Music Archive project. Play It Again Use It Together takes as its starting point the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Popular Music (IPM) archive of over 80,000 records, and typical of public resources, much of the material has been gifted over a number of years by collectors and enthusiasts.

I'm one of three artists commissioned to make a new artwork to coincide with the launch of The Box.

The Box in Plymouth is an art institution for the 21st century. It will host  extraordinary gallery displays, work with high profile artists and produce memorable exhibitions, as well as exciting events and performances that take visitors on a journey from pre-history to the present and beyond.  The Box is intended to be a symbol for the city's current regeneration, and a springboard for its future. 

The Box brings onto one new site five previously dispersed archives and collections, and will include: an archive for Plymouth and the southwest to preserve the heritage of the city and region for future generations; a museum with stories of Plymouth and how it reached out to the world and invited the world back into Britain; a location for contemporary art exhibitions, artist commissions and major touring shows; a new study centre for the Cottonian Collection and a purpose built location for the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA).

7th June 2018

I visited Bank Job Pictures in a former Co-Op Bank in Walthamstow, and bought some DIY currency to animate community initiatives and cancel one million pounds of local debt.

9th June 2018

I participated in the launch of the Centre for Plausible Economies, which included a day-long programme of workshops, talks and refreshments.

Centre For Plausible EconomiesThe day began with our hosts  Kathrin Böhm and Kuba Szreder introducing diverse economic models for the interaction of art and values not valued by competitive markets. Everybody is exposed to economic forces, but nobody seems to have sufficient agency.

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