neil cummings

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01 Feb 2023

A cold overcast Thursday in March, it’s 1914. After a lazy lunch with Eva at la Rotonde I pick-up an old broken wine crate abandoned outside the cafe and carry it to my studio. The one on the boulevard Raspail. With a hammer I break the crate down and save a thin but broad strip from the bottom…


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16 Jun 2001

 A Shadow of Marx a chapter I wrote in 2004 for  Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 edited by Prof. Amelia Jones. The publication has an…


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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…


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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…


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28 Jan 2022

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


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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…


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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…


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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.


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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…


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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…