Cymbeline (2020) Stephen Sutcliffe
Glasgow based artist Stephen Sutcliffe creates film collages from an extensive archive of British television, film sound, broadcast images and spoken word recordings which he has been collecting since childhood. Often reflecting on aspects of British culture and identity, the results are melancholic, poetic and satirical amalgams which subtly tease out and critique ideas of class-consciousness and cultural authority. Through an extensive editing process Sutcliffe’s works pitch sound against image to subvert predominant narratives, generating alternative readings through the juxtaposition and synchronisation of visual and aural material.
Stephen Sutcliffe (b.1968, Harrogate) is an artist who lives and works in Glasgow. Recent solo exhibitions include, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2019). Talbot Rice Edinburgh, Hepworth Wakefield (2017), Rob Tufnell, London (2015), Tramway, Glasgow (2013) Stills, Edinburgh (2011), Whitechapel Auditorium (2010), Cubitt, London (2009) and Art Now, Light Box, Tate Britain (2005). Group exhibitions include: Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Cubitt, London, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon and Gaudel De Stampa, Paris (2015). In 2018 he participated in the Manchester International Festival in collaboration with Graham Eatough on a film for the Whitworth Gallery, for which they won the Contemporary Arts Society Award.
He has been shortlisted for the Jarman Award twice and in 2012 he won the Margaret Tait Award. This year he has had two books published published, ‘at Fifty’ (Sternberg Press) a monograph and ‘Much Obliged’, (Book Works) a kind of autobiography. He has recently curated an exhibition of items from the Herbert Read Archive at the Brotherton Library in Leeds University with the arts group Pavillion, which is accompanied by a new video, 'City of Dreadful Something'.
Internal Dissolve (2020) Jenna Collins
‘Internal Dissolve’ is imagined as a tourist video of sorts. The assembled material constitutes a hot crowd containing an extract from a Pier Paolo Pasolini screenplay, tourist footage (frequently the artist’s own) and footage from people testing camera functions only to get distracted by details of the world made special by the viewfinder. The tourist is adept at being a bit bored and then engrossed by some thing or other, a speculating presence engaged in, or thinking about, the possibility and cost of further escapes.
Jenna Collins’ practice speculates on the impulses sublimated in small extracts of minor-speech and equivalent objects, encouraging them to flourish. Recent work has focused on the technological as a site of political, poetic and philosophical potential. The moving image, in all its current divergent forms (understood as a broad sphere of activity rather than merely a specific media outcome) is one such site, which the artist engages with in reflexive video, sound and text artworks.
Jenna Collins lives and works in London and Yorkshire. Recent solo, group and collaborative exhibitions, screenings and broadcasts include, September Garden with We Are Publication (WAP) at Camden Arts Centre, (2020). The Hold, with WAP at The Stanley Picker Gallery, London (2019). Technologies Of The Self, SUPERLUX, Aberdeen (2019). We.Are.Cut.Up. with WAP, Pratt Institute, New York (2019). Two External Light Sources with Alice Rekab Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2018). We Are the Road, London International Film Festival, London (2018). Late Junction, BBC Radio 3 (2018). Cafe OTO, supporting Heretics, London (2018). TLC with 0s+1s, Casa Victor Hugo, Havana, Cuba and the Gotland Art Museum, Sweden (2017). The Grand Alliance, Quick Millions, London (2016). Plague of Diagrams, with Rachel Cattle, ICA, London (2015).
Collins holds a PhD (AHRC) from The Contemporary Art Research Centre, Kingston School of Art and is currently writing, ‘One, 2,3’, a novel for Joan, a new publishing project supporting interdisciplinary artists' writing.
A Year Without Summer (2020) Steven Warwick
A Year Without Summer
When someone makes a statement, one must ensure that it is accurately communicated.
This can be ensured by articulating the sentence slowly, clearly, and at an audible volume
Sometimes a sentence is wilfully obscured, this leads to its meaning being altered.
This wilfully altered sentence could take someone’s words out of context
This sentence out of context could make someone appear to say something they didn’t intended to say
Or worse, they could be accused of saying the opposite of what they first uttered.
This can be construed as a lie or falsehood
This can be construed as a defamatory comment towards an individual or group.
This sentence in term could itself be a legal allegation of defamation of character
Or as it alternatively known, character assassination.
This wilful twisting of a person’s words can create a new perception of character of the now accused, in a positive or negative light.
This new found light or reading of the perceived character could lead to them being ostracized or excommunicated from a group or community.
Without a chance to defend oneself against accusations, the sentence can further alienate the accused inside or outside of a community.
Language and words can be used to convince and influence others in an argument of rhetoric.
In an argument or debate it is important to listen to the other side even if one doesn’t agree with what is being said.
Hyperbolic statements should be contested by the asking of further questions to verify a claim of a consensus of truth.
Without access to a variety of sources, it is difficult to make an informed choice or opinion.
Gossip is a transmission, a currency and an abstraction of a perceived set of behaviour.
Steven Warwick performs a text at a public bench in Berlin which allows sound/speech to refract along the perimeter of the bench in a similar way to the Whispering Gallery at St Paul's Cathedral in London. The Text concerns the viral transmission of language and it's accompanying mutations as it travels.
Steven Warwick is an artist, writer and musician based in Berlin. His visual practice constructs situations with interweaving narratives across various media such as performance, installation, sculpture, plays and films. He also has recently collaborated on projects including the “Mezzanine” musical performance series choreographed with dancers, the artist duo Elevator to Mezzanine which has produced exhibitions, artist books and recently a Western musical titled "Performing America (Iconic America)" . The audiovisual performance- lecture series “Fear Indexing the X- Files” was issued as a book by Primary Information.
Warwick’s writing has appeared in Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Frieze and Urbanomic. His visual work has been shown at KW Berlin; SMK, Copenhagen; Steirischer Herbst, Austria; The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Lars Friedrich, Berlin ; Cleopatra's, Brooklyn; Beach Office, Berlin ; Balice Hertling, New York. As a musician working under his own name and, previously, as "Heatsick", he produces and performs a hybrid live/ DJ set, releasing recordings with the club/experimental label PAN and has played at Berghain, Berlin; London Contemporary Music Festival; Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago; Issue Project Room, New York; and the Mutek and Unsound Festivals.