Upcoming (updated Aug 2014)
Sculptors’ Papers from the Henry Moore Institute
Archive. Whitechapel Gallery, London.
22 September 2014 to 22 February 2015.
For more information, see Press Release
The Influence of Furniture on Love with An Endless Supply, Ruth Beale, Juliette Blightman, Ben Brierley, Céline Condorelli, Jess Flood-Paddock, Luca Frei, Gil Leung, Seb Patane, Florian Roithmayr, Phil Root, Laure Prouvost, Cally Spooner, The Grantchester Pottery, Philomene Pirecki , Elizabeth Price, Mark Aerial Waller, Neal White and Lisa Wilkens.
Wysing Arts Centre.
14 September - 2 November
For more information, see website
NOIT 2 Launch 20th June 2014
Ongoing research testing the ideas of Latham in contemporary context have recently included a number of skoob performances undertaken in and around Portikus. These will be broadcast LIVE in partnership with Field Broadcast the week following on from the Launch of NOIT 2 on June 20th. NOIT 2 will also features a DVD of these works.
Order NOIT 2.
Lecture 6th May 2014.
Art as Event: John Latham and Flat Time Theory.
Introduction by Neal White to Lathams' key concerns in terms of time and its relation to art. Followed by a Skoob Performance.
A Report from the Field.
Data Flows and the open field
Eleonore, Linz, Austria
Lisa Haskell and Neal White spent a week for Office of Experiments aboard the Eleonore, on the Danube with new found friends, Donautics. A curated residency programmed by Armin Medosch and Stadtwerkstadt, Linz.
Or listen to a new audio experiment for Austrian Art Radio. Listen
Recent Talks & Tours
The Portland Experiments
Friday 11th October
As part of an event organised by b-side, Office of Experiments led a tour around Portland in Dorset. A mini version of the Secrets of Portland Tour we had already done with Big Picture, we started inside the Verne, a high security prison inside a citadel where the Sympoosium was based. We then visited a number of locations, taking in a lecture from the staff of the MOD QinetiQ magentic resonance site at Portland Bill and a site visit to the former Underwater Defence Research Establishment.
On Not Knowing/ How Artists Think
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Panelists Sarah Cole, Lizzie Fisher, Rebecca Fortnum, Ian Kiaer and Neal White explore how artists use strategies of ‘not knowing’ and discuss whether engaging with the unknown is a critical component of the creative process
Intoart Live Archive event
Friday 2nd August 2013
Presentations of current research and workshops led by Intoart, alongside contributors Allison Foster (Tate Archives), Neal White (Office of Experiments) and Ntiense Eno Amooquaye (Intoart)
Chapters in three recent publications and an entry in a new Journal have kept me busy exploring issues that I have encountered on my projects and in relation to research, knowledge and the expanded archive. If you want to read the texts, do order a copy from your local bookseller or ask your local librarian.
FTHo and Camberwell Press are launching the new creative journal, NOIT. Comprised of new writing, artists’ contributions and original research, NOIT will explore the theoretical concerns and artwork of John Latham and their continued relevance. The first issue, NOIT–1 JL: Time-based Portraits is guest edited by curator and researcher Antony Hudek. For the introductory issue, Hudek invited 43 contributors who knew John Latham or are familiar with his work to remember an episode or incident involving the artist, his art or ideas.
Experimental Systems in Artistic Research
The experimental approach of science applied to artistic research.
We don’t know what we don’t know. This makes it difficult to imagine research that will produce truly new knowledge. In the sciences, the experimental approach has proved its worth in generating what subsequently requires understanding. Can the emergent field of artistic research be inspired by recent thinking about the history and workings of science? How can artists engage with experimentation to extend artistic values and deliver future knowledge?
In this book fourteen contemporary artists, musicians, and theorists engage with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s widely studied theory of experimental systems in an effort to determine how experimentation can productively be put to work in the arts. An interview with Rheinberger himself probes research as a potentially shared space between the otherwise different activities of art and science. Read More
On Not Knowing
On Not Knowing brings together contemporary artists and thinkers from a range of disciplines to explore the role of ‘not knowing’ within the creative process. The state of ‘not knowing’ or engaging with the unknown is an important aspect in the making process, with artists often balancing a strong sense of direction with a more playful or meditative state of exploration and experimentation. Read More
All This Stuff
All This Stuff: Archiving the Artist explores the documentation of the creative process. From their different viewpoints, fifteen leading artists, archivists and art historians, reflect on ways that artists and archivists deal with ‘all this stuff’, and how artists manage and relate to their own archives.
Introduced by Clive Phillpot, All This Stuff includes artists and writers such as Gustav Metzger, Bruce McLean, Barbara Steveni, John Latham, Barry Flanagan, Edward Burra, Penelope Curtis and Neal White. Read More
Experimental Ruins updates;
Office of Experiments worked with participants on a map of our critical excursion project. The limited edition map, designed by Luce Choules is now available from The Arts Catalyst here. A one page report by Michael Hampton; "Letter from the M4" - a report on the critical excursion is available in Art Monthly's March 2013 Edition.
New Exhibitions and Research Residencies are forthcoming in 2013-14 in Austria and Latvia. More News to follow.
A new Chapter: Experiments in the Expanded Field of the Archive will be published as part of All this Stuff; Archiving the Artist. Published by Libri March 2013. A launch party with screenings will take place at White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey 23rd May 2013. Pre-order here
The Individual and the Organisation: Artist Placement Group 1966-79 took place at Raven Row Gallery between 27 September to 16 December 2012. As former Director of O+I and researcher in the APG Archive, this meant taking part in three interrelated events; Education: Not Knowing; Planning the Future of the Art School with UAL Chelsea, an evening exploring The Politics of the Archive, a planning day with curator Antony Hudek and former members of O+I to plan the next move.
Office of Experiments is pleased to announce its cooperation and support for a new long term project: The Temporal School of Experimental Geography. TSOEG is being coordinated by peripatetic collaborator Luce Choules. More news to follow.
Coming out of the shadows of Experimental Geography is not easy, but there is an interview about this work here: we-make-money-not-art. An interview with Regine Debatty about Experimental Ruins - see over, will also be available on resonance.fm soon
Further UK and US research into Deep Time Contingency is part of ongoing work of the planned auto-destructive Department of Catastrophe. More news to follow
Congratulatons to Office of Experiments collaborator and CLUI program manager Steve Rowell who has landed the Creative Capital award. Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys will unfold in sites across the US over the next two years.
AAG - Association of American Geographers, New York, New York - Feb 2012. Speaking on the International panel; Ruinations; Violence, snafu and porn, developed with Detroit Unreal Estate Agency and Dr Angela Last (UCL). With Steve Rowell, Office of Experiments is also planning a tour of Governers Island. Further work is being developed with a critical art space in NY for 2012-3. More news to follow.
Critical Dictionary - David Evans. Black Dog Publishing. Office of Experiments features in this new publication edited by David Evans. "Inspired by Georges Bataille's critical dictionary, the project strives to declassify terms in a playful manner emphasizing the open-ended, the provisional and the unfinished nature of language."
Black Dog Publishing, 2011 Softcover 192 pages Fully Illustrated, colour ISBN: 9781907317491
Studies for a Catalogue: a Study for an Exhibition of Violence in Contemporary Art(Reprise 1964/2011). New work taken from the residency at CLUI featured in the exhibition and publication project by Mathieu Copeland at Flat Time House. July 2011 - with the longest list of International Artists... in facsimile... To download the publication - go to repriseme.com
Again A Time Machine. Spike Island 16th Spetember- (9th october). This exhibition featued excerpts from the Bookworks commissioned 'Ott's Sneeze' as part of Bookworks own self-archived exhibition project.
Secrets of Portland - Field Experiments in Nature, May 2011 - took place in May. A spatially mediated one day field guide led a group of 36 in an exploration of sites and spaces that revealed a darker side of Portland's (Dorset, UK) experimental history. More information will be available soon through the Office of Experiments. See over.
Gordon Matta Clark, Trisha Browne and Laurie Anderson. Exploring the Downtown Scene. Ideal Spaces with Recreational Rec at Barbican Gallery, 24th March 2011. A talk on Sites and Scenes. I took part this in event to explore the notion of a 'scene' as an event structure. Drawing on between spaces the talk started by drawing links between Matta-Clark's 'fake estates' project and the 'betweens' a format exploited by APG and , developed Jurgen Harten at Dusseldorf Kunstkalle in the 1960/70's.
Where is Heidenheim Continues...
This project focusing on the anomaly which resides around the globalisation of local news, continues with newspapers taking part from all over the world including Utah - USA, Limerick, - Ireland, Imphal - Manipur India, Beirut - Lebano and Namibia. As both public art inside and outside lcoal papers, our sign has been moved around Heidenheim and now resides on the facade of our partner, the local newspaper Heidehenheim Zietung, and 217 locals have complained it is crooked (it's because of the pigeons - see pic right)!
Art and the Secret State - CRASSH, Cambridge University. 4th-5th February 2011
As part of a panel entitled 'Exhibiting Ideology', my paper 'Exploring Dark Places' examined the relationship between experimental sites and work undertaken in the Overt Research Project. Specifically, the paper examines the role of experimentation in the work I have made, and moves onto explore how cultures of secrecy give rise to rumour and speculation to inform an imaginary that extends the logic of that which is concealed, classified or undisclosed. In terms of speaking truth to power, Trevor Paglens engrossing presentation alongside my own contrasted interstingly with the anecdotal observations of keynote speaker Sir Richard Dearlove - former head of MI6. See I am NOT a WAR Artist below.
Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy , Catalogue 22 January – 7 April 2011
Two of my drawings taken from a parasite archive from 2004 appear in the catalogue of the new Royal Academy exhibition. Taken from 'The Third Campaign' with Henry Moore Institute in 2004-5, the project highlighted the infamous series of Jacob Epstein's destroyed public sculptures on the BMA Building on the Strand, London, re-igniting a debate around ruination as the impulse of heritage.Royal Academy of Arts, London (31 Jan 2011) ISBN-10: 1905711727 ISBN-13: 978-1905711727
Art as Research - Interview with Armin Medosch for Austrian Radio 13 December 2010
"Hören Sie einen Auszug aus der Ö1 Sendung "Radiokolleg – Kunst als Forschung" zum
Thema"Werkstätten neuen Wissens (Teil 1)" von Armin Medosch vom Montag, 13. Dezember 2010 um 09:30 Uhr in oe1.ORF.at".
Dark Places - ORD Launch, Arts Catalyst, London - 9th December 2010
Overt Research Database was launched at the new Arts Catalyst project space. The website is a resource of Office of Experiments, and currently focuses upon the UK Dark Places Field Guide to the South, but will also include the next stage of the Overt Research Project - Experimental Ruins being developed in and around the London Orbital. Tours will start later in the year with support from Arts Catalyst. Register, participate, research!
INK at UCL , London - The Redactor - 16th December 2010
I spent a pleasant day as live respondent working with Simon Gould at the INK show at UCL in London. I invited visitors to 'redact' an intimate and consequential personal secret, for further public display. In addition, the Mike Kenner Archive was available for reference, and a discussion about the Redactor, Office of Experiments paper for Apexart - New York, ensued.
Experiment at Whitechapel Gallery for Sally O'Reilly - Nov - December 2010
Following an invitation from Sally O'Reilly (critic, founder of Brown Mountain College, and writer in residence at Whitechapel Gallery) I took a chance to re-stage part of an earlier experiment from 2003-6, in her series of workshops at Whitechapel exploring issues in her publication 'The Body in Contemporary Art'. Based on an incident which was part of an infamous Yves Klein event in 1958, this consensual form of self-experimentation was conducted over two separate events. Fun and games, and blue pee!
Experimental Fieldwork, RCA & Wysing- 16th December 2010
Project Leader running an Experimental Fieldwork session for Royal College of Art MA in Curating Contemporary Art as part of Ways and Means, an Arts Council funded Retreat event. Wysing Arts Centre. 6-10th December 2010.
Militant Tendancy? Firstsite / Imperial War Museum I am NOT a War Artist (Part 2) Nov 2010
For the second time, I was shortlisted to act as an Imperial War Museum artist. Whilst being shortlisted to the last two a few years back, when I was not appointed (I am under the impression dropping portable artist studios for local war artists in conflict zones was politically just too difficult!), this time, I travelled to meet the 16th Air Assault Battalion, in Essex and along with other UK artists, facilitated by the rigorous staff at firstsite in Colchester, was able to make enquiries around the posting in Sangin, Afghanistan. Given the embedded nature of this position, my work around military and secret spaces and that I would have to sign the UK's Official Secrets Act, I declined the final interview for the position.
Experimental Proving Grounds of Coast and Sea,
Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset, UK.
A micro-exhibition was curated from the Office of Experiments Archives and online resources as part of the exibition 'ExLab' at Bridport Arts Centre. This micro-exhibition drew on the Mike Kenner Archive and a focus on experiments conducted in and around Lyme Bay, Weymouth. The Critical Excursion 'Secrets of Portland - Field Experiments in Nature' will further extend this project. May 2011.
Experimental Society, Peter Stott Gallery, Lancaster University
The Mike Kenner Archive (ARC) of Office of Experiments appears in the exhibition that accompanies Experimental Society, the final part of the Experimentality conferences at Lancaster University. More
Experimental Ruins , UCL / EPSRC Workshop, London
Office of Experiments run a workshop on 'Experimental Ruins' with Dr. Gail Davis at UCL Department of Geography. More
Neal White presents ongoing work and theory on the body and place as 'sites of experimentation' at the Experimentality Conference, Lancaster University. More
Apexart, New York 6/1/2010
Neal White working with Office of Experiments launches this intermitent periodical. The Redactor is an explores erased organisms, land and ongoing struggles with state censorship. Featuring work from
Rich Pell, Jenny Holzer, Steve Rowell, and an extensive interview with Mike Kenner on staying under the radar. More
Residency - Centre for Land Use Interpretation continues. April 2010
Neal Whites ongoing resiency at CLUI's Wendover site in Utah continues with research into Smithon Spiral Jetty, and an investigation of Land as Laboratory - with a new film being based around the Millard County Cosmic Ray Facility in the Great Basin.
Supported by Henry Moore Foundation.
BLUEPRINT magazine ran a six page full colour article on the Overt Research Project.
The Body in Contemporary Art
Thames and Hudson
Neal Whites work with Office of Experiments in relation to the site of experimentation, from body to spatial entity, is highlighted in this new Thames and Hudson publication by Sally O'Reilly
Cloisters Sept 09-Jan 2010
A classified map of a secret underground bunker obtained by Mike Kenner was visible through the code words used to name it. This was displayed alongside a Cabinet Office letter declaring the dates beyond which the names could not be used for display.
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