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Invited by Roma Piotrowska, Post Production, an hour long film programme curated from the enthusiasts archive was exhibited at Stryx, Birmingham England.

Post ProductionFounded by Fine Art graduates in 2012, Stryx is an artist led studio, project and exhibition space which aims to foster a diverse range of events, exhibitions and projects.  They are looking to initiate regional and national artistic collaborations in order to promote and strengthen an accessible and vibrant network of ideas and practices. What's not to like?

Post Production, is a specially curated film programme from the Enthusiasts: archive, an archive initiated by myself and Marysia Lewandowska in 2006. It’s the result of extensive research amongst the remnants of amateur film clubs in Poland under socialism. Presented as a collaborative artwork, the Enthusiasts: archive is a critical archive of beautiful amateur films found, restored and made available on-line through ‘open content’ licenses. The archive enables visitors to explore the generosity of the enthusiast, a generosity that reveals a range of interests and experiences generally invisible amongst the breathless flow of the State sponsored, or professionally mediated.

I have been collaborating with 51% Studios, and we have been selected by The Architecture Foundation, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and the Royal Academy of Arts, to share our research as part of London As It Could Be Now: New Visions for the Thames.

At a public workshop, we presented a beta version of #floodplain, an online platform that enables users to make collaborative, spatial representations of London, its main river artery, the Thames, and their floodplains.

#floodplain also enables users to populate theses spatial representations with real time searches for geo-located images, and add observations from the astonishingly varied and fleeting enthusiasms of twitter.

Using vast pools of open–access public data, #floodplain re-imagines the tidal Thames for the 21st Century, suggesting new ways to map, imagine, and inhabit London, its sites and their architectures.

#floodplain is a new kind of public space, that will enable users to become architects of their own environment.

I participated in the inaugural workshop

Utopography: Imaging, representing and critiquing imagined worlds organised by the Arts and Science Fiction research group, the Department of Things to Come at the Baltic 3931-39 High Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 1EW,

 19th September - 20th September 2013

Elsewhere is a negative mirror. The traveller recognizes the little that is his, discovering the much he has not had, and will never have.

Italo Calvino

 

In 1968, at the interface between minimal and conceptual art practices Richard Serra compiled a Verb List to account for actions that could be done to, or with specific materials. The list was published in The New Avant-Garde: Issues for the Art of the Seventies (1972).

A Joy Forever

I contributed a presentation to The Labour of the Multitudes: Political Economy of Social Creativity  which took place at the Free/SlowUniversity of Warsaw Warsaw, Poland,  October 2011

A  print version is now available as A Joy Forever,  part of A Rate Of Exchange. The book is edited and conceived by Kit Hammonds, Sam Ely and Lynn Harris, with Gareth Bell-Jones and published by Wysing Arts Centre and Publish and be Dammed.

Edition of 750

ISBN 978-0-9539222-5-3

B5, 116 pages, soft cover, full color and hand stamped page

A Rate Of Exchange will be launched as part of The Europa Triangle at The Show Room

Wednesday 12 June 2013 6-8pm

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London
NW8 8PQ

A Rate Of Exchange is available to purchase from Wysing Arts Centre and the ICA bookshop.

As part of Estuary at the Museum of Docklands, London I will lead a cycling tour

Thames duskSat 8 Jun 2013, 2pm-6pm
Leaving from, and returning to the Museum of London Docklands

ITINERARY:

We will explore East London and see how tides of former industry, contemporary art and finance flow together in the economy of the Thames and its tributaries.

We'll meander through the Limehouse basin, follow the Limehouse Cut pasy former industrial sites, to the river Lea, up to Three Mills, then north past the Olympic site, through the Hackney Wick of artists studios, start-ups, social enterprises and trendy micro-breweries, down the Bow Cut to Chisenhale and back to the museum via Matt's Gallery on the Regents Canal.

I'm part of a campaign for an Art Auction Transaction Tax (AATT).  It's inspired by the Art Workers Coalition (AWC) Liberate TateOccupy economics and Stephen Wright's ideas of user-ship

We aim to micro-tax the auction convened secondary market for contemporary art, and use the revenues raised to support the primary sites of art, art education and not-for-profit organisations that nurture emerging art practices.

AATT Campaign Identity

 

I've been visiting the Shabako Stone, at the British Museum, for as long as I have been living in London, its a source of wonder.

In the twenty-fifth Dynasty, sometime around c700 BC, an Egyptian mythological text was incised for eternity in a basalt stela.  The text contains an account of the creation of the world by Ptah, God of Memphis and patron deity of craftsmen.....

.....For the very great one is Ptah, who gave [life] to all the gods and their kas through this heart and through this tongue, in which Horus had taken shape as Ptah, in which Thoth had taken shape as Ptah. Thus heart and tongue rule over all the limbs in accordance with the teaching that Ptah is in every body and every mouth of all gods, all men, all cattle, all creeping things, whatever lives,.....

 

Lost and centuries later refoud, the stela was repurposed as the base of a mill. A square hole was cut, the 'eye', to locate the mill shaft, and shallow radiating furrows to produce the flour from the milled grain as the top stone turned. Decades of grinding grain slowly obliterated most of the text.

 

I participated in a one-day conference For the love of it which explored some of the assumptions, expectations and myths about working as an artist today.

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Date: Wednesday 15 May 2013
Location: Cecil Sharp House,
Booking: Tickets on sale now at £40 includes lunch and refreshments.

With contributions from Professor Lynda Morris, Sonia Boyce, Tom Freshwater, Rona Lee , Doug Fishbone, David Blandy, Edwina Fitzpatrick, The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home and Ellie Harrison

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Self Portrait; Relational MapAnouckAlmacen RiocalienteScreen Tests 01Emanuel skipping materialsGallerist, Frieze 2006