A Close up on Thomson & Craighead

Published yesterday on swedish artsite Konsten.net (meaning Theart.net):

Om en konstnär som Kurt Schwitters hade haft tillgång till Internet så hade han sluppit att bli klibbig om fingrarna när han satt och klippte och klistrade ihop sina collage. Han kunde i stället ha använt sig av ett dataprogram som hämtade texter och bilder från nätet och satte ihop dem till nya konstverk. När den brittiska konstnärsduon Thomson & Craighead ställer ut verket ”Decorative Newsfeed” på Studion på Moderna Museet är det i princip det man gör. Läs mer…

Slow Fields, Susan Collins and Tim Head
at Osterwalder’s Art Office, Hamburg

Opening Friday, 12. September 2008 at 7 p.m.
Duration: 13. September – 1. November 2008
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 2 – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m – 2 p.m

Osterwalder´s Art Office
Isestrasse 37, 20144 Hamburg, Germany
Tel. ++ 040 486109

Tim Head Dust FlowersFenlandia 25th March 2005

above left, Tim Head ‘Dust Flowers’, 2008; above right, Susan Collins ‘Fenlandia, 25th March 2005’

On Saturday 6th September 2008 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. as part of the „Rote Punkt“ Gallery Tours Osterwalders Art Office will be showing Susan Collins’ „Glenlandia“ 2 years archive, 12 hrs of moving image projection and Tim Head’s „Wildfire 2004“ Realtime Computer program and LCD Screen.)

Through their parallel working practices Tim Head and Susan Collins explore the properties of digital media in distinct and inventive ways. Susan Collins’ recent work employs transmission, networking and time as primary materials creating digital representations of landscape where each pixel represents a unit of time. Tim Head bypasses image as representation by using solely the prime physical elements of the medium to form the work.

For Tim Head, the elusive and contrary nature of the digital medium and its unsettled relationship with both ourselves and with the physical world forms the basis for recent work. Computer programs are written to generate unique events in ‘real time’ on screens, projections and inkjet prints that focus on the intrinsic properties of these digital media. The programs operate at the primary scale of the medium’s smallest visual element (the pixel or inkjet dot) by treating each element as a separate individual entity. The medium is no longer transparent but opaque.

Susan Collins‘ gradually unfolding, classically romantic landscape images are harvested and archived over the course of the year. They encode the landscape over time, with different tonal horizontal bands recording fluctuations in light and movement throughout the day and with broad bands of black depicting night-time. Stray pixels appear in the image where the moon passes through or a bird, person, car or other unidentifiable object passes in front of the webcam as the pixel is captured. The work is intended to be slow, a reflection on the ever increasing speeds we demand from the internet. Poised between the still and the moving image, the lens and the pixel, the prints explore how images can be coded and decoded using both light and time as building blocks for the work.

Slow Fields is the first time these two bodies of work will be shown together.

Work and Play, Harewood House

New work by Susan Collins in “Work & Play”
The Terrace Gallery and Grounds, Harewood House

09 August 2008 – 02 November 2008


In June 2008 a new Susan Collins pixel webcam was installed overlooking Harewood’s classical ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. The webcam is programmed to record images of the landscape over the course of a year and a series of digital prints have been produced with each image made up of pixels collected over 21.33 hours. The work plays on parallels between these constructed pixel landscapes and the construct of this composed picturesque idyll.

The exhibition Work & Play explores Harewood House and its estate in the wider landscape. A few prints from this new Harewood series will be on display alongside other images of Harewood including watercolours, architectural plans, historic maps and photographs from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.


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Curated by Richard Ducker

Private View: Friday 13th June 2008, 6-9pm
Exhibition dates: June 14th – July 13th 2008
Gallery opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 1-6pm

Tim Head, Dust Flowers © 2008

Tim Head, Dust Flowers, detail © 2008

14 Fieldgate Street
E1 1ES


Multiplicities at ARC Projects, Sofia, Bulgaria

15 December 2007 – 26 January 2008

Multiplicities is the first group exhibition at ARC Projects featuring half the current roster of sixteen artists – four based in the UK and four in Bulgaria. This is the first exhibition in a Sofia gallery for mid-career international artists Susan Collins, Alec Finlay, Thomson & Craighead and Mare Tralla. This is also the first occasion their work will be seen alongside that of their Bulgarian peers Luchezar Boyadjiev, Alla Georgieva, Ivan Moudov and Kamen Stoyanov.

“Multiplicities” is a term borrowed from mathematics, which speaks of the condition of being multiple, the relation between a number of identical objects or entities; It has also been used by theorists Gilles Deleuze and Manuel DeLanda to describe how our perceptions of reality change through time, in a constant flow of variety and heterogeneity at a single point in space. Multiplicities can encompass the relationship between original artwork and copy, but also how artists transform supposedly fixed meanings during the process of viewing the work.

Multiplicities showcases new and recent works, all multiples and limited editions, including prints, objects, Internet transmissions, and photographs. The exhibition captures the multifaceted approaches of contemporary artists to traditional genres such as the treatment of landscape, the self-portrait and the still life, or abstraction. Multiplicities also reveals the artists’ commentaries on the historical legacy of movements including Dada, Pop, and Socialist Realism. Works include a re-enactment of Vera Mukhina’s iconic sculpture from 1937; Self-portraits as Lenin; Fortune teller readings from cups of Turkish coffee; A hybrid of carnation and electric fan; Sexually suggestive cushions; Decorative live Internet newsfeeds; The visual cacophony of contemporary Moscow; Colonies designed for different species of bird; Webcam images of the quintessential Scottish landscape.

ARC Projects, 4th Floor, Boulevard Vitosha 90, 1463 Sofia, Bulgaria
Multiplicities is from 15 December 2007 – 26 January 2008
Exhibition open Wednesday – Saturday, 3 – 8 pm
Seasonal closure from 23 December, open again 3 January

Video Vortex at Montevideo, Amsterdam

Susan Collins will be exhibiting The Spectrascope as part of Video Vortex at Montevideo/The Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam from 20th October until 2nd December 2007.
The exhibition also features Collins’s Fenlandia in the form of a large format digital archive print and a 6 hour screening of the 4000 images which comprise the Fenlandia archive.

The exhibition Video Vortex is The Netherlands Media Art Institute’s response to the Web2.0 phenomenon. Artists featured include: Beatrice Valentine Amrhein; Giselle Beiguelman; Susan Collins; Jonathan Harris & Sepandar Kamvar; Graham Harwood, Mediashed / Mongrel; MW2MW (Marek Walczak & Martin Wattenberg) and Sonic()ject. Video Vortex is curated by Annet Dekker.

Velocity Arts Festival

For one day only – Saturday 13th October:

Martin John Callanan will travel around the Velocity festival, sending information about his whereabouts to an online map in our Lancaster map room. Visit the map room at the station and help us to track the artist’s location throughout the day. Interact with Martin through text messages, photography and drawing as he visits towns, stations and landmarks around the bay.

A Big Draw event.

Venue: Map Room, Platform 3, Lancaster Station.


The TurntablistPC spins again!

Surfing gains a whole new dimension with TurntablistPC by Danish
artist Mogens Jacobsen. Featured in the WEBSCAPE exhibition at The
Art Museum of West Sealand in Denmark, TurntablistPC reacts to online
traffic by playing a record in the exhibition space every time a
participating website is visited.

Take part in this “global DJ” project and make a record spin miles
away every time someone visits your website!

Please join: All you have to do to participate is place a small piece
of html code on your website. The code does not interfere in any way
with the experience of your website. However, it WILL make the record
spin physically miles away at the museum. Please find the code and
further details below.

TurntablistPC is on show from September 21 until November 25 2007. We
need your participation already!

We are looking for people maintaining websites anywhere in the world,
so please forward this message to other relevant parties.

Participants are kindly asked to send an email to WEBSCAPE curator
Andreas Broegger (ab@vestkunst.dk) stating the address of the web
page to which you have uploaded the code.

The Art Museum of West Sealand will list your site among the
participating websites in the museum space and on the WEBSCAPE
exhibition website. (If you prefer not to be credited, please state
this in your email).

All we need from your website is a so-called “counter-hit”. This is
automatically generated when someone visits your website if you place
the following line of HTML-code on your site (preferably at the
bottom of your most visited page). This is the code:

<img src=”http://www.turntablistpc.net/turn000001.gif”; width=”1″

Please note: ONLY use the above code if your position is EAST of

If your position is WEST of Soroe, Denmark please use this code instead:

<img src=”http://www.turntablistpc.net/turn000003.gif”; width=”1″

This is the exact code to be included, depending on your position. If
in doubt the city of Soroe is at 11.5561 East / +11 degrees 33′ 21.96″.

Your position will decide whether the TurntablistPC will spin the
record clockwise or counter-clockwise. If you are near the
TurntablistPC, it will only scratch the vinyl. If you are far away,
it will play a whole section of the record.

On a projected world map visitors to the museum space will be able to
follow the online traffic triggering the sound.

We ask that the code remain on your site throughout the exhibition
period (until November 25 2007).

What does the html code do? The above code places a tiny “invisible”
image (a transparent GIF-image) on your website when someone visits.
Neither the image nor the html code will interfere with the
appearance of your website nor with the visitor’s experience. The
code and the image are a mere 700 bytes (0.7Kb) in total.
Participation does not pose any security risk whatsoever, nor is any
personal or otherwise sensitive information stored.

If you have any doubts about technical issues, please contact
WEBSCAPE curator Andreas Broegger at ab@vestkunst.dk

TurntablistPC is a telematic hybrid of a turntable (a grammophone)
and an old personal computer. Installed in the museum space, the
TurntablistPC will play a vinyl record whenever someone visits one of
the participating websites around the world. A video projection of a
world map will show where the participating website is from, thus
generating a map of global participation for the visitors in the
local museum space.

More info and pictures of TurntablistPC are available at http://

Mogens Jacobsen is a Danish artist who has exhibited widely in
Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Japan, Brazil. More
info at www.mogensjacobsen.dk

an exhibition of web-based art installations at the Art Museum of
West Zealand 2007. The exhibition features work by artists Tomas
Thøfner, Mogens Jacobsen (http://www.mogensjacobsen.dk), Bosch &
Fjord (http://www.bosch-fjord.com), and Susan Collins (http://

The Soul of Manchester: David Blandy at Cornerhouse and on www.artradio.fm

David Blandy on Art Radio, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 12-6pm Tuesday-Sunday,

10th August to 26th August


Cornerhouse Gallery 1 has been transformed into a radio production and broadcasting studio, offering up its airwaves to three resident artists: David Blandy, Open Music Archive and reboot. fm. Blandy will be broadcasting from the 10-26 August 12-6pm (Tues-Sun), taking on the guise of The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim.

Blandy, will be searching for the ‘Soul of Manchester’. The Pilgrim’s broadcasts will include: Soul Power; Dusty Soul and Soul Picnic: a mix and match ragbag of eccentrics, fanatics, rappers, buskers, alongside artists’ sound work and many more soul-filled sessions.

The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim will be featuring works by Jordan Baseman, Lucienne Cole, Colin Crockatt, S Mark Gubb, Susannah Hewlett, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Laure Provost and Michael Shamberg amongst others.

In addition, Manchester music scene legend C P Lee will be reading sections of his book charting the history of Manchester music, Shake, Rattle and Rain, as well as playing live with his band, the Salford Sheiks.

Every day at 4pm, Live Bands from Manchester will be performing upstairs in gallery 2, please come up to see their live sessions or listen online at www.artradio.fm

Thursday 16th August, Netting Smoke with Implicasphere. Cathy Haynes and Sally O’Reilly – co-editors of the mini-publication Implicasphere, will be pursuing their current obsession, Smoke. Implicasphere seeks to unearth curious ideas on a single theme by trailing its tangles of association in fields as diverse as folk craft, nuclear physics and film noir. For this event the co-editors ask specialist speakers and the audience to help chase all things smoky from the collective mental thicket into Implicasphere’s nets. Three speakers will offer smoke-oriented insights from their very different fields. Come along with images, texts, ideas for leads or simply vague thoughts on the theme of smoke to add to possible content!

The event will start at 19:00 with drinks from 18:00

Glenlandia in Outlook Express(ed) at Oakville Galleries

glenlandia at Loch Faskally © Susan Collins 2005

Outlook Express(ed)
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Lois Andison, Susan Collins and David Rokeby
Curated by Marnie Fleming

29 June to 26 August 2007 in Gairloch Gardens

Outlook Express(ed) looks at how new media has offered artists Lois Andison, Susan Collins and David Rokeby innovative ways of thinking about time, and thus the ability to create new ways of representing landscape.

Each has examined a precise geography, from a specific outlook, revealing the fleeting qualities of the landscape and its constantly shifting tableaux. Their work demonstrates the passage of time as the seasons pass and as the earth hurtles along in its perpetual orbit.

Andison, Collins and Rokeby deal with the transformative process of real time in a particular
landscape using new media technology. Therefore, the title Outlook Express(ed), “expresses”
a playful double entendre – referring to a specific place, while also referencing a popular,
technological, timesaving computer programme. While quite diverse in their chosen outlooks,
the artists share common constructs that are both digitally and data-driven. Over an extended
period, they have recorded and accumulated images to form an archive of their specific landscapes,
or perhaps, more correctly, “data-scapes.”

It is in the amassing of their information that surprising encounters become revealed, as a result
either of human interaction or of natural forces. And while the underlying landscapes largely
remain constant, many mini-events unfold. For example, in Andison’s time and again, a
neighbour’s garage, seen from the artist’s bedroom window, is torn down and eventually replaced
by a new construction. Collins’s carefully programmed Glenlandia reveals the subtle effects upon
a Scottish vista in which a loch’s water levels rise and fall and the moonlight waxes and wanes.
Rokeby’s Machine for Taking Time, situated in Gairloch Gardens, attests to the seasonal plantings
of the garden, particular behaviors of Canadian geese, and an array of other events that occur
beyond the limits of our normal perception.

From the outset the artists have manipulated the time and space of the landscape in the act of
recording it by digital camera or Webcam, and then again, in the final screening of the image.
The completed work is no longer confined within the same temporal and spatial boundaries,
but rather is turned into riffs and ruminations, sampled and shuffled through digital processes.
Their images are not static but traverse from one time-frame to the next, thereby negotiating new
positions with the present. The “outlooks” slip in and out of linear time, resulting in landscapes
that are re-shaped and transformed. They allow us to perceive new incidental details that our eyes
and memory initially failed to record. We are made to see the landscape in a way that was not
previously understood.

Exhibition opening: Thursday 28 June , 7 to 10 pm.

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens is located at 1306 Lakeshore Road East, 2 km east of downtown Oakville.
The gallery is open 1 to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Admission is free.

For further information on Oakville Galleries,
please call 905.844.4402 or visit http://www.oakvillegalleries.com

Summer Digest 07 / THOMSON & CRAIGHEAD

Thomson & Craighead Here’s a digest of what we’re up to over the summer -well in June and July at any rate. We hope some of you can make some of it.

The image you can see on the left is the new railway flap sign we have built to display our work BEACON. It’s a development shot taken in the factory at Solari of Udine in Italy when we visited during April.

You can find out more about BEACON and our other recent work by visiting our website

You can view an online version of BEACON by clicking here

After two years in the making, we are finally launching the mechanical version of BEACON as a railway flap sign at BFI, Southbank from 23rd June – 12th August 2007. There’s an opening from 7pm – 9pm on Friday 22nd June. After London the sign travels to FACT in Liverpool and then Artists Space in New York. The sign has been built by Solari of Udine in Italy.

The gallery version of Decorative Newsfeeds is part of Accumulated Outlook at Oakville Galleries in Canada from 29th June – 26th August 2007. It will be at their Centennial Square site with a launch party on Thursday 28 June 2007. We are also almost finished making a new outdoor version of Decorative Newsfeeds for The Junction in Cambridge.

A new version of our generative music system called Diminished 7th is part of The Lost O in Ashford, Kent on 7th and 8th July, which coincides with Tour de France passing through the town on this year’s UK first stage. Diminished 7th was first developed for Arts Transpennine 2003 and used cows rather than sheep as is the case here with version 1.1

The Centre of Attention Magazine no.4 is on DVD and includes one of our template cinema works. The magazine launches on Sunday 29th July 2007 at the Publish and Be Damned Fair, Rochelle School, London E2 7ES.

FEEDBACK in the new Laboral Gallery in Gijon and My own Private Reality at Edith Russ Site in Oldenburg.