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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.

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.

The Enthusiasts Archive was the result of extensive research amongst the remnants of amateur film clubs in Poland under socialism. It was a critical archive of beautiful amateur films found, restored and made available. It was online from 2006 - 2013 hosted by Arteleku in San Sebastian, unfortunately due to Spanish 'austerity' funding cuts Arteleku was disaggregated, and in the process many films, the archives structure and meta-data were lost. A tragedy.

The good news is, the emerging Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw has aquired the archive as part of its permanent collection, we are in the process of rethinking and remaking the Enthusiasts Archive.

Here I'm beginning to reimagine the archives architecture....

Enthusiasts Archive design

 

Every Friday, more or less, for the past year I've been posting an image of an object  #ObjectOfTheWeek on twitter.

Each object is photographed agains a white or black infinity ground, a classic 'objectifying' format beloved of museums and archives. I like twitter as an exhibitionary stream, and I also like the way that, through tagging, my collection meshes with others: a museum without walls.

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XL-1 Kit ChairPre-dawn AngelHelgeEsprit du CheminCat on a hot plastic roof#TransActing stress testing