Our practice centres around observations of behaviours in public and communal spaces. These observations are often noted and re-distributed in the site they were originally observed. We may hide within the environment we are focusing on, converting disused space into an observation outpost.
Parallel to our visual arts practice, we write – inspired by music sampling and ‘mash-ups’ fused with post-modern literary strategies, for example, playful obscurity or lengthy and digressive footnotes. We aim to upset notions of fixed identity, post-colonialism and gender politics.
We have had residencies and presented work at Arnolfini, Grand Union, mac Birmingham, VIVID, Battersea Arts Centre, South London Gallery and Forest Fringe among others. In 2009–10, as part of the Live Art Residency programme at Chisenhale Gallery, for example, we collaborated with pupils to develop fictional constructed personae. These imaginary characters were developed through pupils’ scrutiny of their own daily environment and routines. Narratives inspired by life at the school, featuring these personae, were performed by the pupils. In doing so they explored the (re)construction and representation of lives beyond their own. Documentation of these activities as part of the Live Art Residency was subsequently gathered into a book, which is now a reference item in the school’s fiction library.
We currently live and work in London (b.1987, Sussex, England).
2007–10 BA Hons (First), Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art and Design, London
2006–07 BTEC Foundation, Chelsea School of Art and Design, London
British Council Award, Project Space Lagos: Residency in Nigeria (November 2016 – January 2017)
Sep – Dec 2011 In Association with Residency, Vivid, Birmingham
Jan – Feb 2008 New Year, New Spaces, Battersea Arts Centre, London
Dec 2007 – March 2008 Empty Space Residency, South London Gallery, London
Works / Writing
Bristolayo / Bristoloni, Arnolfini & Bristol Old Vic, Bristol.
And when you finally disappear / We’ll just say you were never here, installation, mac Birmingham
Other Half, Frame Birmingham
Hider in the House, Anticurate, MAC, Birmingham
Their Wonderlands, mac Birmingham
Slain by the cruel blade of postmodernity fanzine launch and live performance, Vivid, Birmingham
Paradise, Chelsea College of Art, BA show
Jacco Olivier review, This is Tomorrow.info
Correct at the Time of Going to Print, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh Festival
Their Wonderlands, Grey Area, Brighton
Hider in the House, Battersea Arts Centre, London
Cloud Report, ARC magazine
Hider in the House, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh Festival
Empty Space, South London Gallery, London
Anne Ist film script