Barry Sykes’ performance lecture Only Yourself To Blame (2013) at ICIA, Bath.
Where Sykes offers his audience the choice of three possible pre-prepared but unscripted ‘talks’ and we choose the one about his pencil collection.
S Mark Gubb’s exhibition History Is Written By The Winners at Exeter Phoenix (Mar-May 2014)
The review reflects on ideas of Britishness, conflict, the writing of history, TV comedy and class brought up in Gubb’s work.
Writing and reflection around the ideas of provincial poetics and DIY aesthetics with reference to Mark Greenwood’s spoken word recordings White Mice, All Colours and the indie record label one.c from July 2010
“In the aftermath of the Artists Lottery Syndicate launch, having retired to a back-garden in Ealing, I find myself discussing, with two of my fellow syndicate members, a kind of ‘provincial’ experience shared by artists like ourselves, having decided to base our arts practices outside of London (in Nottingham, Glasgow and Plymouth respectively)…
Writing in response to Sophie Calle’s exhibition Take Care of Yourself & Gob Squad’s video piece Live Long and Prosper from January 2010
“For a little while now, I have been wondering whether I should make a disclaimer for those I enter into romantic relationships with, warning them of the possibility of them ending up in my work…”
Writing in response to Performance Re-enactment Society’s Untitled Performance Stills & Cupola Bobber’s The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment from March 2010
“I have to admit, I took part in the Performance Re-enactment Society’s piece more by accident than design. It was definitely a case of “the right place, the right time”…”
Reflections on on Elodie Pong’s Secrets For Sale, Forest Fringe Edinburgh 2009 & Rotozaza’s Wondermart & GuruGuru, from Aug 2009
“Down to my last £2.60 on my final day in Edinburgh, I leave the house for a day of looking at art – always a reliable, cash-free option! After spending an hour (yes, an exceptionally long time) with Elodie Pong’s video piece Secrets For Sale, I find my mindset is well and truly altered…”