Projects / Exhibitions

PROJECT: Where’s the Salt?
Friday 11th March 2011
If Not Then What?
Chelsea College of Art & Design and 103.3FM (London)

Childs drawingChartist meetingRadio transmittorframesalt march

We were invited to take part in If Not Then What? curated Cecilia Wee. The project invited proposals from artists to develop and trial new visions of society, working with the public. We chose to operate more peripherally.

Throughout the day, printed matter and regular broadcasts drew from archive footage of Gandhi’s Salt March and found/assembled images and objects to explore gaps, exhaustion and potentials in current ideas/embodiments of political consciousness, collectivity, affect and the political public figure. The short but ultimately unknown transmission range strikes at the idea of a resolved media space that curtails the potential of critical thought and communication.

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PROJECT: Homeland

Homelamd poster

In November 2010 we collaborated on a one day event on a temporary FM frequency and at the University of Sheffield

Self-determined progression towards an unspecified future (hope), Ernst Bloch suggests, occurs extra-territorially, a space where “individuals are not what they are but what they will be”. In this way, endeavor in the now is united with aspiration for the future. This shift from being to becoming is expressed through Bloch’s notion of “homeland”; a place that “appears to everyone in childhood but in which no one has ever dwelled”.

The project took Bloch’s notion of homeland as a conduit to explore radio as a liminal space that traverses the intellectual and transcendental, holding (utopian) energy in its roving, elusive nature and potential for unknown audience.

Homeland took place alongside The Politics of Utopia: Marxism, Myth and Religion, a conference co-organised by the Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies and Bakhtin Centre at Sheffield University, and included contributions by Black Dogs, Spartacus Chetwynd, Stephen Connolly, Freee, Toby Huddlestone, A Place of Their Own, The Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group with Maresa MacKeith and Ange Taggart, Becky Shaw, and Dan Smith. Homeland aimed to interweave through the temporal, spatial and academic framework of the conference.

Homeland and was curated by Charlotte A Morgan and No Fixed Abode (Robert Quirk and Terry Slater).

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EXHIBITION: The Plaza Principle
Curated by Chris Bloor and Derek Horton

The Plaza Principle, Leeds Shopping Plaza.

In October 2010 we each contributed new work to this large group exhibition.
The Plaza Principle temporarily occupied the shell of the former TK Maxx store in The Leeds Shopping Plaza, as such it existed in the context of economic recession and attempts by local authorities, business and commercial developers to disguise economic decline, commercial inactivity and property blight with a facade of cultural activity. The exhibition included attempts to create a critical framework within which to acknowledge and critique its own complicity in such processes.
theplazaprinciple.org/

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