Monday, 23 February 2015


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Gallery: Alfreda Benge: P.L.A.

Paintings, illustrations and lyrics by Alfreda Benge (b. 1940). Drawing from her long-standing collaboration with the musician Robert Wyatt (b. 1945) and other projects, P.L.A. is Benge's first exhibition in a UK institution.

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Annexe: Piper Keys / Life Gallery / The Duck

Three exhibitions by artist-run spaces. Piper Keys (est. 2013, London), Life Gallery (est. 2014, London) and The Duck (est. 2014, Berlin) each present a two-week long show in the Annexe.

Piper Keys:

Roger Ackling, Keith Farquhar, Lucy Stein.

08 February - 22 February
Opening Saturday 07 February, 6-9pm

Life Gallery:

There’s No Space in Space

Morag Keil, Caspar Heinemann, Kimmo Modig.

"We've been watching Interstellar and thinking about intergalactic homelessness."

27 February - 15 March
Opening Thursday February 26th, 6-9pm

The Duck:


Hélène Fauquet, Nik Geene, Stuart Middleton, Naomi Pearce, Eidflo, Ellie de Verdier, Ryan Siegan Smith, Veit Laurent Kurz.

20th March - 5th April
Opens Thursday 19th March, 6-9pm

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Frieze review

Review of Daniel Lipp at Southard Reid here.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Frieze review

My review of Peter Hujar at Maureen Paley is in the October edition of Frieze. You can read it here

Friday, 3 October 2014


Gallery: Dean Blunt: New Paintings
Annexe: Schizo-Culture: Cracks in the Street

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Frieze review

My review of Inventory: 'More Pre-war Art From Inventory!' at Rob Tufnell is in the September edition of Frieze. Subscribers can get it here.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Artists' Film Biennial 2014: Curators’ Seminar Group

I recently led a 2-day curators seminar group at the ICA as part of the 2014 Artists' Film Biennial. Day one featured Łukasz Mojsak (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw). Day two: Vivian Ziherl (If I Can’t DanceI Don’t Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam).

We discussed many things. Including this:

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hito Steyerl feature in ArtReview

I have written a feature on the work of Berlin based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl It appears in the current (Summer 2014) edition of ArtReview. You can read it here.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Frieze review

My exhibition review of Control. Stephen Willats. Work 1962–69 at Raven Row is in the Summer edition of Frieze. For those who subscribe it can be read here.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Conversation with Aleksandra Domanovic

Video documentation from my recent conversation with Aleksandra Domanovic at Firstsite, Colchester. Our discussion was part of Owning the Immaterial

Saturday, 24 May 2014

The Essay – a Critical Writing in Art & Design Conference

Took part in Emily LaBarge's excellent RCA conference 'The Essay', hosting a session with Katrina Palmer, David Raymond Conroy and Rachal Bradley.

More on the line up - which included a keynote from Wayne Koestenbaum - here.

Thursday, 23 January 2014


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ANNEXE: D.R.E.S.S.I.N.G (group show)

Sunday, 8 December 2013


A discussion at SPACE chaired by Daniel Neofetou with Dan Barrow, Rebecca Bligh, Adam Christensen, Karolina Szpyrko, Jonathon Vaughan, and John Walter.


“I know how just a thing like the ugly design of kitchen sinks destroyed my childhood... 'cause I had to fight with my sister all the time over who had to do the dishes. It was the ugliness, the ugliness of capitalism, making it impossible for anybody to live a life that isn't made ugly.”

- Jack Smith

If Jack Smith is discussed today, it is almost invariably in reference to his 1963 film Flaming Creatures, a queer masterpiece which some would argue still retains its power to rupture the petrified facade of bourgeois complacency. However, towards the end of his life, Smith became ambivalent towards the film. While Flaming Creatures is often championed for its ambiguity, Smith himself came to bemoan this, posing that an artwork’s meaning is constituted by its concrete effects, and that the concrete effects of Flaming Creatures had been the economic gain of others. In the face of this he turned later in his life towards didactically political performance, in an attempt to attack capitalism and espouse anarchist-socialist notions in a manner which could not be misconstrued or misappropriated.

One such performance took place at Cologne Zoo in 1974, and documentation of it is currently being exhibited at SPACE. In this roundtable, the panelists will discuss what is lost and what is gained in the shift from a non-rhetorical political art to a more discursive mode of expression and more specifically the relevance today of the ideas which Smith sought to express: Ideas denouncing a pervasive capitalism, but also towards a society without governance or landlordism, wherein things would not be designed as according to pre-given rules ascribed by authority and manufacturers, and people would freely exchange their unwanted things with others’.


Full text:

Friday, 1 November 2013


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GALLERY: Bread Show
ANNEXE: Jack Smith: Cologne 1974
STAIRWELL: Darren Bader: Roads
Sophie Lee & Carlos Monleon Gendall

Friday, 11 October 2013

Jo Spence @ White Columns

The Jo Spence exhibition developed by SPACE together with Studio Voltaire in 2012 is off to White Columns. More about the exhibition, which is curated by Christabel Stewart here.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Jimmy Merris: London

SPACE have curated an exhibition for Bloomberg SPACE. Jimmy Merris: London runs until December 8th. More here

Saturday, 6 July 2013


6 short projects make up the exhibition programme this summer at SPACE. Solo shows by Chelmsford Film Society, Sara Rara and Megan Rooney. Events by Bookworks, Woiciech Kosma and Lucky Dragons.  

Tuesday, 11 June 2013


Critics JJ Charlesworth and Francesca Gavin, Professor Esther Leslie and myself discussing this year's 55th Venice Biennale as part of The ICA's Culture Now platform...

Friday, 26 April 2013


GALLERY: Jean Francois Lyotard and Jacques Monory: 'Screens'
ANNEXE: Apparel & Ornament
STAIRWELL: Kathy Acker: Pussy
THE CONVERSATION #2: Patricia Lennox-Boyd and Alexander Zevin

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Monday, 28 January 2013

The Anti-Library @ Lucie Fontaine, Milan

The Anti-Library, an exhibition I curated at SPACE in 2011, has been reformatted as a rolling project @ Lucie Fontaine, Milan.

More here

Monday, 7 January 2013


GALLERY: HUMAN WAVE - The Videotapes of Raymond Pettibon
ANNEXE: KERNEL - Inputs, Loops and Anchors
LIBRARY: BLACK MONDAY - The Last Day of Factory Records
THE CONVERSATION: #1 Clunie Reid & Jodie Marsh

More info here

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GALLERY: HUMAN WAVE - The Videotapes of Raymond Pettibon

Made by Pettibon in the late 80s, a series of low-fi video narratives that regale irreverent tales from 60s and 70s West Coast radical subcultures.

On show in the gallery throughout the exhibition will be Judgement Day Theatre: The Book of Manson (1989) and The Whole World is Watching - Weatherman ‘69 (1989). Two further Pettibon tapes - Citizen Tania (1989) and Sir Drone (1989) - form the basis of two screening and band nights produced in collaboration with London based promoters and label, Upset The Rhythm.

film + band nights:


Events are free to attend.

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ANNEXE: KERNEL - Inputs, Loops and Anchors

Living and working between London and Athens, KERNEL is an art collective founded in 2009 by architect Pegy Zali and artists Petros Moris and Theodoros Giannakis.

Inputs, Loops and Anchors is KERNEL's debut solo exhibition in a UK institution.

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LIBRARY: BLACK MONDAY - The Last Day of Factory Records

DIY film shot outside the offices of Factory Records on the day in 1992 when it went into receivership.

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THE CONVERSATION: #1 Clunie Reid & Jodie Marsh

In the first in a series of staged dialogues, SPACE studio tenant Clunie Reid plays host to glamour model and body-builder, Jodie Marsh.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Jo Spence: Work / exhibition reviews

The Jo Spence: Work, curated with Studio Voltaire's Joe Scotland, has been reviewed in a few places. Frieze here. Time Out here.  Artforum (in the October issue of the magazine, which is not available online) and Art Review (October) + Art Monthly (Jul-Aug) - both also not online, alas. 

Couple of nice end of year round-up mentions also. Both from Frieze. Respectively by Sam Thorne here: and Paul Teasdale here.

Friday, 28 September 2012


GALLERY /// Matthew Richardson - Self-p®esentation or Self-p®esentation in Specialist PackagingANNEXE + LIBRARY /// Terese Schulmeister - Meat Me
PROJECT /// Emotion Driven Process Based Parallel Identities - SPACE RitualzBLACKBOARD /// #8 Dawdle

26/10/12 - 16/12/12



Matthew Richardson:
Self-p®esentation or Self-p®esentation in Specialist Packaging

The pressure of production and self-p®esentation is foregrounded in a new body of work by Matthew Richardson (b. 1985, Warrington, based in Glasgow).

"At this particular time, around Frieze and the other shows in London, I’ll be making an exhibition at SPACE that might chime with the autumnal melancholy. With scepticism, my own logic and fairly minimal means, I’ve constructed an installation consisting of re-purposed and industrially produced works. A Snapshot of Me, now, October 2012."

Self-p®esentation or Self-p®esentation in Specialist Packaging is Matthew Richardson’s first institutional solo exhibition in London. He gained his BA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art, London (2009) and his MFA in Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art (2012). Recent exhibitions include ‘THAT IS THE DAWN’, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, ‘We Love You’, Limoncello, London, 'Go Deep or Go Home...', a group show curated by the Hut Project, ASC Studios, London, (all 2012). A two-person exhibition with Timothy Davies is forthcoming at Limoncello, London, (2013).


Terese Schulmeister:
Meat Me

Meat Me is the debut solo show in a UK institution of Vienna based artist Terese Schulmeister.

Central to the exhibition are three feature-length narrative videos made between 1984 and 1991 while Schulmeister was an active member of the far-left commune established by Vienna Actionist Otto Muehl at Friedrichshof, just outside Vienna. Schulmeister’s videos from the Friedrichshof period - produced in collaboration with Muehl - are anarchic, low-fi, gory and satirical. Irresponsibly biographical, her subjects include the golden age of Vienna Modernism (Back to Fucking Cambridge, 1987), Andy Warhol in all his factory period pomp (Andy’s Cake, 1991) and Vincent Van Gogh, reimagined as proto-hippy provocateur (Vincent, 1984).

Alongside a cast drawn from the commune, the videos feature cameos appearances from Nam June Paik, Martin Kippenberger, Harald Szeemann, Maria Lassnig, Lawrence Weiner, Dieter Roth, Albert Oehlen, Heimo Zobernig, Hermann Nitzsch, Peter Weibel and Norman Rosenthal amongst others.

The three videos are presented across SPACE’s Annexe and Library galleries alongside Schulmeister’s paintings, her etching and collage work and documentary material relating to the videos and the Friedrichshof experiment in general.

Please be advised: exhibition contains nudity and graphic images.


Emotion Driven Process Based Parallel Identities:

In line with their communal and non-exclusive approach to making, EDPBPI invite multiple authors to join them in the production of a large scale felt-tip drawing for SPACE’s main corridor. EDPBPI is a South London based artist collective founded in 2010. Currently consisting of five core members, they make videos, workshops and parties.


#8: Dawdle

… Indifference, torpor, apathy! Curator and SPACE studio tenant Gareth Bell-Jones invites a number of artists to reflect on some of the frustrations that come with the studio experience. In addition, Dawdle features a special event exploring boredom, both as a form of suffering and as a potentially transformative quality of certain experiences. The event with feature contributions from Rasmus Johnsen, professor in Management, Politics, and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School and Anthony Morgan, lecturer in the history and philosophy of psychology at Northumbria University.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Sad, Depressed, People

Sad, Depressed, People’ is a book by artist David Horvitz that explores a strange set of found images depicting despair within stock photography collections. The book was published in July by Jeff Khonsary’s new publishing project, New Documents. I contributed to an 'open-glossary' for the book along with Sean Dockray, David Horvitz, Michael Mandiberg, Eric Nylund and Laurel Ptak.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

FORMAT: Architectural Association

Together with Shumon Basar, Victoria Camblin and Cecile B. Evans I recently took part in FORMAT: a ‘live magazine’ looking at the shapes that discourse takes. The second issue is taking place at the AA over this Summer and runs from July 4 to July 17. Here's t

Event video here

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Studio Voltaire talk

I recently gave a talk on the work of Jimmy Merris and Richard Slee at Studio Voltaire. The first talk (about Merris) was delivered from a wheel barrow. The second (about Slee) was not. 

Friday, 1 June 2012


GALLERY: Jo Spence: WORK (Part I)
ANNEXE: Aleksandra Domanović - Turbo Sculpture
LIBRARY: Going to the Dogs: a play by Wim T. Schippers
BLACKBOARD: #7 Magali Reus

EXHIBITION DATES: 1/6/12 - 15/7/12


GALLERY: Jo Spence: WORK (Part I)

A major retrospective of celebrated British photographer Jo Spence (1934 - 1992). Spread over two venues (SPACE and Studio Voltaire), the exhibition will explore Spence's engagement with key issues including collaboration, representation and health.


ANNEXE: Aleksandra Domanović - Turbo Sculpture

‘Turbo sculpture’ refers to the depiction of popular non-national media celebrities in public sculpture projects across the former Yugoslavian nations. In her first solo exhibition in a British institution, Domanović engages this phenomenon through a new video based installation that includes works by Michael Blum and Paolo Chiasera.


LIBRARY: Going to the Dogs: a play by Wim T. Schippers

Linked both to Fluxus and Dutch Dada, Wim T. Schippers’ project of provocation and farce is explored through his 1986 play Going to the Dogs (written by the artist to be performed exclusively by six Alasatian dogs).


BLACKBOARD: #7 Magali Reus

A new project for SPACE's blackboard by Magali Reus.


Thursday, 5 April 2012


GALLERY: Stewart Home / Bookworks
ANNEXE: Bernadette Corporation - Films
LIBRARY: Primary Information - Aggregated Book Club

BLACKBOARD: #6 Patrick Staff - The Nudist in Two Parts

full info HERE


GALLERY: Stewart Home / Bookworks

Part of Again, A Time Machine: a Book Works touring exhibition in six parts

From his earliest work Stewart Home has expressed an avantgardist desire to write himself into the archive of culture. Mixing experimental prose and polemic, with plagiarism and a savage ideological critique, Book Works present a selective archive of cultural interventions and artwork, publications, films and ephemera.


ANNEXE: Bernadette Corporation - Films

“It’s an everyday group hallucination.”

It is said that Bernadette Corporation were founded in a nightclub in 1994. Hired to attract attractive young people to parties and events, they soon became more interested in organising spontaneous, purposeless events in public space. From 1995 to 2005, they worked under the guise of a fashion label (BC), self-published an art magazine (Made in USA) and published widely, including the multi-author novel Reena Spaulings (Semiotexte).

During this period - further emphasising their slippery project of cultural displacement and détournement - Bernadette Corporation produced a number of key film works, all of which are on display in this exhibition.


LIBRARY: Primary Information - Aggregated Book Club

Primary Information present a library of books they have not yet read but wish to read soon in relation to their new Artists Writings publication series. Visitors are invited to read portions of the books and write down their impressions. They hope that by the end of the project viewers will read all of the books.


BLACKBOARD: #6 Patrick Staff - The Nudist in Two Parts

Patrick Staff will use the SPACE Blackboard and Courtyard as basis for part one of The Nudist In Two Parts, an investigation into the history of naturism through scripts, sets and amateur productions.


Friday, 16 March 2012

OR-BITS /// informal

Article for OR-BITS called In Europe, Nobody Knows How to Scream Anymore (part I). The subject for the 6th edition was 'informal'...

You can read the editorial by Marialaura Ghidini and Gil Leung (plus my own text) here

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Yuri Pattison: Faraday Cage

Between the 15th and 18th of March SPACE will host a functioning improvised Faraday cage designed and built by Yuri Pattison. 

A Faraday cage is an enclosure capable of blocking external static and non-static electric fields. Invented in 1836 by English scientist Michael Faraday, contemporary applications (more accurately ‘mutations’) of the cage continue to present themselves today. Indeed, in addition to facilitating shoplifters around the world (foil lined ‘booster’ bags allowing thieves to bypass certain RFID-tagged items), or securing MRI scan rooms from potentially dangerous RF signals, a secured Faraday cage is capable of blocking out everyday transmissions including WIFI, 3G, TV and Radio.

As part of Faraday Cage, Pattison has invited a number of artists to occupy the cage in order to respond to ideas relating to workspace, networks and online/offline cultures. The cage will function as a temporary studio space during the project, containing basic furniture, digital archive and standard office printer.

Participants include Your Body is a Temple, Richard Sides, Matthew Drage & Ben Vickers, Kosmas/Keller and Paul B. Davis. Each has been invited for a daylong residency culminating in four public presentations.* 

Yuri Pattison studied at Goldsmith’s College of Art and currently lives and works in London. His practice explores the ways in which digital media creates and disseminates visual material. His projects include elements of networking, online platforms, and collaboration. As well as pursuing his own practice he works within the collaborative framework of LuckyPDF.

* excluding Kosmas/Keller who will produce merchandise for the project.

More here

Friday, 17 February 2012

Linear Manual

Short text in Linear Manual on the excellent TLTRPreß. You can read it here

Thursday, 19 January 2012


ANNEXE: Marlie Mul - No Oduur
LIBRARY: Xeroxlore
BLACKBOARD: Stuart Elliot - Object Lesson



Moving image work by Hex, a rave-culture period collaboration between video graphic artists Hardwire and DJ/producers Coldcut. More info and images here.


ANNEXE: Marlie Mul - No Oduur

Cigarette will be gone soon,
Cigarette is guilty, has apologized a thousand times.
There is no place for cigarette,
In a smoke-free world.

More info and images here


LIBRARY: Xeroxlore

Indigenous to offices and shared workplaces around the world, xeroxlore - defined as anonymously printed and photocopied urban folklore - comes in the form or cartoons, mottoes, poems, sayings and parodic memoranda. SPACE's library hosts a collection of such material gathered in America and the UK by folklorists Alan Dundes, Carl Patger and Nicolas Locke between the 60s and the late 90s. More info and images here.


BLACKBOARD: Stuart Elliot - Object Lesson

A new Blackboard project by London based artist Stuart Elliot. More info here.


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

ICA talk - the trouble with productivity

Artists, writers and curators today, more than ever, take part in a time-pressured culture of high performance. One is constantly expected to be productive, professional, and to deliver good work. Is this the way we really want to work? How do people working within the arts manage the imbalance between work and life? Can one be productive by being less productive? Are there creative possibilities in exhaustion, failure and laziness? Writer and critic Laura McLean- Ferris, Paul Pieroni, curator of Space, and writer and philosopher Lars Iyer, author of Spurious, discuss the potentials in being less productive.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

DAAR Stockholm Architectural Rehab Camp / psychotropic language talk

Earlier this summer I was invited to talk part in DAAR's art and architecture rehab camp residency - hosted by IASPIS in Stockholm. I presented a talk on psychotropic language. You can now hear a recording of that talk below.

More info on the camp here

Monday, 12 December 2011

Aaron Angell - Time out review

Aaron Angell's solo show at SPACE has been reviewed by by Time Out ... see here

Thursday, 3 November 2011


GALLERY: Neu! Aaron Angell: The Devil's Arse
ANNEXE: Terry Dennett & Jimmy Merris - ECONOMICS 101
BLACKBOARD: Peter Kennard


GALLERY: Aaron Angell: The Devil's Arse ///

Bad studio pottery, rural and craft culture, obscure folk music, art-house porn – just some of the many marginal reference points informing The Devil’s Arse, an exhibition of ceramics and wall paintings by Aaron Angell.

Aaron Angell was born in Kent in 1987 and lives and works in London. He graduated from the Slade (BA) in 2011. He made his solo exhibition debut earlier this year with The Year of the Left Hand / Fokal Point, Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2011). Group shows include,Young British Art, Limoncello, London (2011) and ‘Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot, Focal Point Gallery / Hayward Touring (2011).

full text + images here


ANNEXE: Terry Dennett and Jimmy Merris: ECONOMICS 101 ///

A collaboration between photographer, social historian and archivist, Terry Dennett (b. 1938) and video artist Jimmy Merris (b. 1983). Dennett’s Crisis Project (1973 – 1992) is presented alongside Merris’ FOR SALE video installation.

The Crisis Project deploys what Dennett describes as the ‘historical imagination’ technique. In photographing scenes of social and economic crisis – improvised bivouac shelters, cardboard cities, closing down sale signage, industrial destruction and civic degradation – across London, Dennett, in his own words, ‘proceeds as if given a historical commission from a future government to produce visual material for a criminal trial against those who have presided over the despoliation and destruction of our society’.

Displayed on the walls of the ANNEXE gallery at SPACE, The Crisis Project is accompanied by a new single channel nine monitor installation by Jimmy Merris. Representing a radically different approach to economic downturn and the social conditions that prevail under its sign, Merris work for the exhibition – titled, simply, FOR SALE – progresses asymmetrically via a series of loose and absurd solicitations. “Jamilas Shoes For Sale” – proposes one video? We do not know who Jamila is, nor are we sure how to respond as the next offer flashes on screen, “Pickled Jar For Sale”…

full text +images here



… a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones

- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The possibility of an anti-library – a library of the books you haven’t read – as well as ideas of anti-knowledge and un-learning, informs a new project in SPACE’s LIBRARY gallery. For six weeks in November and December, the Anti-Library will house unread books gathered from over 150 invited contributors. Participants in the project include:

Oliver Laric, Cally Spooner, Arnaud Desjardin, Ed Atkins, Åbäke, Jamie Shovlin, Am Nuden Da, Pieternel Vermoortel, Mike Sperlinger, Kathy Noble, Maria Fusco, Kate Owens, Gavin Everall, Ian Law, Francesco Pedraglio, Athanasios Argianas (amongst many others).

The Anti-Library will be displayed within an environment developed by Fay Nicolson and Oliver Smith, in which all the books and short texts submitted by participating artists will be available to handle and read.

Full text +images here



#4 Peter Kennard


For over forty-years Peter Kennard’s photo-based work has represented a singular commitment to the political effect of images.

Extending his @EARTH project, already a major solo exhibition at Raven Row, London and a book published by Tate (both 2011), Kennard’s work for SPACE’s Blackboard will explore the relationship between environmental degradation and the exploitative nature of our global political system.

Peter Kennard was born in London in 1949. He is a senior tutor in Photography at the Royal College of Art, and has a studio with SPACE at Martello Street.

Full text + images here

Thursday, 20 October 2011


SPACE have collaborated with Upset The Rhythm to present a workshop and live performance by LA based experimental group Lucky Dragons


LUCKY DRAGONS means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara and other collaborators.

Lucky Dragons inhabit Los Angeles. They create an ecstatic form of electronic music that celebrates the spirit of life as well as the magic of genre boundaries. Their music is surprising, inventive and uplifting much like their impressive live performances, which usually involve brain-wrangling visual projections and various forms of inspired audience interaction.

Lucky Dragons came together in the spring of 2000 in an attempt to create a band that would never break up. The name is borrowed from a Japanese fishing vessel caught in the fallout of a US hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean that became a focal point for worldwide anti-nuclear sentiment in the 20th century.