neil cummings

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Lost Property
18 Dec 1995

Lost Property resulted from an unrealised project initiated by the Public Art Development Trust in 1995. In collaboration with Marysia Lewandowska we were invited to make a proposal for the design of a London Underground Station. The proposal was rejected but the research, photographing…


Goodsyard
31 Jan 2022

I live on the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch, east London. Across Bethnal Green Road to the south is the disused Bishopsgate Goodsyard a derelict railway goods depot that has lain abandoned since 1964. Ballymoor and Hammerson are the current owners proposing to redevelop the site with 1.4 million…


Spoons
28 Jan 2022

Some years ago as part of Critical Practice at an event called Insatiable we repurposed…


Values we Value
07 Mar 2020

I was invited by microsillons to contribute to Communes évidences. The invitation was to respond to the question

TO WHAT SUBJECTS, TOOLS OR TACTICS SHOULD WE URGENTLY EDUCATE…


Flea Market
12 Mar 2020

I've been thinking about things, how they're imagined, produced and circulate for some time. Living near Brick lane in London, which used to be a vast flea-market, has encouraged me to think about the material underside of consumption.

A flea market connects peoples’ actual needs and…


Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie (still)
01 May 2009

Lapdogs was installed as part of the exhibition Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie at the Arnolfini in Bristol, and previously at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo.


Value of Things
29 Mar 2005

I'm interested in collecting as a method for making, and making sense of our biosphere. For a while, I washed and put on a shelf an example of every plastic bottle that passed through our house. Collected, these otherwise overlooked things…


Socialised Affection
15 Apr 2016

I wrote a text Socialised Afffection about my grandmothers love of woodgraining for Specialism, a new publication from Open Editions.

Here is a short extract....

I remember the parlour. We…


Goodsyard
05 Jan 2020

Here is a version of a text I was asked to write, about the idea of 'communities' and working as an artist on 'socially engaged' artworks, its published by The People's Bureau.

Phantoms, controversies and communities

For the past thirty years I’ve lived on the Boundary Estate in…


Histories of the Present
12 Sep 2018

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…