Below are a selection of curatorial projects, collaborations and commissions reflecting the ways in which the Artists’ Research Centre works with artists and partners.
Junction: North London Cultural Consortium
Camden Arts Centre
Central Saint Martins, UAL
Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
Further information, archived projects, artists’ walks and podcasts can be found here
The World Turned Upside Down: Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd
Fri 4 Oct – Sat 14 Dec 2013
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre curated by Simon Faithfull and Ben Roberts, ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ places the work of over twenty international artists working in film, sculpture, installation art and performance in direct relation to Buster Keaton’s films to track a lineage from the melancholic and at times anarchic comedy of Keaton to the dry wit of conceptual practice.
By examining Keaton’s approach to art through making – the processes of failure, risk and repetition – the exhibition also establishes a nuanced presentation of the developmental relationship between slapstick film, sculpture and performance and highlights parallels within modern and contemporary sculptural practice which continue to resonate today.
The exhibition features work of conceptual artists working in film, photography, sculpture, installation art and performance; by historical and contemporary, established and emerging artists. These include Bas Jan Ader, Angus Braithwaite and Fred Lindberg, Marcel Broodthaers, Alexandre da Cunha, Simon Faithfull, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Brian Griffiths, Emma Hart, Jeppe Hein, Sofia Hulten, William Hunt, Tehching Hsieh, Gordon Matta-Clark, Hayley Newman, Miranda Pennell, Ruth Proctor, Roman Signer, William Wegman, Richard Wentworth, Richard Wilson, John Wood and Paul Harrison, Ben Woodeson, Erwin Wurm.
Symposium: The Logic of Objects
Chair by Lisa Le Feuvre
‘The World Turned Upside Down’ was a Mead Gallery exhibition which was supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.
Brown Mountain College of the Performing Arts was founded in 1906 as way of commissioning and presenting new interdisciplinary performance, while also researching the rich history of live genres throughout the 20th century. The college has no buildings and no permanent staff or pupils: it is a notional institution that constantly reinvents its own history and can change shape to accommodate each new project.
Although not as well known as Black Mountain College in the US, Brown Mountain similarly spawned much seminal interdisciplinary performance work in the UK around the middle of the 20th century. The recently appointed new Deans aim to revive this ethos of collaboration between artists, dancers, theatre makers, filmmakers, political activists and comedians to make challenging, enriching and risk-taking
The College claims such influential faculty and alumni as Paul Robeson, John Cage and Lamb Chop. The current Deans of College were appointed in 2006 and aim to revive an avant-garde ethos of collaboration between artists, dancers, actors, filmmakers, political activists and comedians. The Deans are Mel Brimfield, Sally O’Reilly and Ben Roberts.
Previous Brown Mountain College events include an ongoing series of thematic screenings, The Erratic Film Club (2006–), the celebratory Centenary Cabaret (Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London, 2006) and Cabaret of Curiosities (Royal Academy Life Room, 2008), Those the Can…(ICA, London, 2008), Brown Mountain Festival of the Performing Arts (Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London, 2008), Seats of Learning (Milton Keynes Gallery, 2010), The Living Newspaper (Wysing Arts Centre, 2010).
Created for Camden Arts Centre, The Artists’ Museum imagines London as the most exquisite museum collection in the world: unique, diverse and extraordinarily fascinating.
A map showing the locations of items and places in the Artists’ Museum Collection can be found here: MAP
The Artists’ Museum was recorded at Cast Iron Radio. Part of the New Wave Festival. Supported by London Borough of Camden Council.