Me @ the Zoo – Directed Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch – Raindance Film Festival – September 2012

Me @ the Zoo is a documentary which I got the opportunity to see at Raindance Film Festival when I was there representing Henry Coombes’ short film I am the Architect which was screening in the shorts sections of the film after my distribution for the project. The film is about Chris Crocker a transvestite teenager who … Continue reading

Lewis Biggs – The City as a Patron – I am the architect, this is unacceptable, this is not happening – Artists’ Strategies for Working in Public: Learning from Practice – Symposium – House of an Art Lover – GI Festival – Wednesday 25th April 2012

INTRODUCTION – Art is not solipsism, it is a social activity. Art only becomes art when there is a dialogue in place therefore it must be social. – The relationship between the patron and the artist is a social exchange as both parties have needs and/or resources. Patrons and artists need a dialogue as councils … Continue reading

The Royston Road Project – Graham Fagen and Toby Paterson – Signal Hut – Paul Carter – North Glasgow – Site – Place – Context – 2012

The Royston Road project was a community based project in the North of Glasgow, its aim was to regenerate two public parks into artistic spaces with artists residencies and through members of the community. The project was lead by two Artists Graham Fagen and Toby Paterson who worked with landscape artists to develop parks for … Continue reading

Homeless Vehicle Project – Krzysztof Wodiczko – Site – Place – Context – 1987-1989

Wodiczko is an artist most well known for his large scale projections onto public monuments, he is quite political and often projects images that radically change the meaning of the building creating what he calls a ‘counter-monument’. However Wodiczko has also created works of art that he calls social actions. Speaking of his project the Homeless … Continue reading

paraSITE – Michael Rakowitz – Site – Place – Context – Monday 16th January 2012

paraSITE is a project by Michael Rakowitz looks at using art in a practical sense, so as a solution to the housing crisis in cities worldwide. This is an example of environmental art that uses community and social issues Parasitism is described as a relationship in which a parasite temporarily or permanently exploits the energy … Continue reading

Jeremy Bentham Auto Icon – UCL – London – 24th November 2011

During filming for Andrew Keen and Ewan Morrison’s latest work, Digital Vertigo we visited Jeremy Bentham’s Auto Icon in the South Wing of UCL. Bentham was an English philosopher who is most famous for inventing the Inspection House, also known as the Panopticon. This was a prison where all cells were individual but interconnected and could … Continue reading

The Ethical Imagination – Year One Cross School Project 2011 – Brief

FoCI-led Cross-School Course 2011   THE ETHICAL IMAGINATION   “We reach a point in the endless spiral of undecidability where each one of us is obliged to make an ethical decision, to say, here I stand. Or, at the level of collective responsibility, here we stand.”  Richard Kearney, The Wake of Imagination, London: Routledge, 1988, p.361. “In our actual … Continue reading

Elmgreen and Dragset – Forum For Critical Inquiry – Wednesday 19th October 2011

Elmgreen and Dragset are a collaborative duo from Denmark and Norway who often create humorous work with a subversive message. Their work falls strongly in the category of contemporary art as it makes a contribution to the ongoing discourse of modern issues such as economics, politics and philosophy rather than providing a concise answer. The … Continue reading