James and Jones have been invited to contribute to Agitprop! An exhibition that looks to the future of  contemporary art in society and invites artists to make work in response to this question. Referencing the saturation of the manufactured propaganda image, constantly produced and ubiquitous, Project Space 11 in Plymouth will present a rolling exhibition of black and white posters (both in the Project Space, and throughout the city) created by regional, national and international artists.
Project Space 11 will act as a temporary campaign office for the duration of the show: manufacturing propaganda multiples that visitors can distribute as they see fit.

For more info head over to Project space 11’s site here or see the poster below



While Jones maybe working away deep in the Aberdeen countryside,  James is also working hard at the opposite end of the country.

Currently i am  the Associate curator At Plymouth Arts Centre as part of the PVAC Associate Scheme, where I am producing a large scale exhibition looking into the ideas of walking as an artistic Practice.

for more info check out PAC

Deveron Arts

For 6 months from April Jones will be joining Deveron ArtsHuntly nr Aberdeen as Shadow Curator intern. Deveron Arts work in an rural but international context and with a strong social engagement vision under the theme ‘The Town is the Venue’. Huntly and surrounding area becomes the studio, workshop and exhibition space for invited artists.

James on the Road.

I was once told that you should only ever attend conferences on Art when you are speaking or being spoken about.

So abandoning this pearl of wisdom I will be attending the one day conference in Liverpool to coincide with  the Abandon Normal Devices festival called ‘Real-Time – Showing Art in the Age of New Media’ to report back in attempt to help the organization I work for improve and widen its programme.

A few interesting speakers and the added bonus in the fact i’ve never been to Liverpool.

Perhaps i’ll see you there.

/Seconds Article

James & Jones have  recently contributed an article for /seconds journal. The article is framed around an email conversation discussing their recent online project ’31proposals’

you can find the article here.


31 Proposals has begun!

Please click on the tab above to see the first proposal.

Keep coming back to see the proposals over the next 30 days.

A Protest Against Forgetting

A Protest Against forgetting – Gavin Wade interview with Han Ulrich Obrist

Notes from ‘A Politicized Art’

A Politicized Art – one day symposium
Loughborough University School of Art & Design
Wednesday 19 November 2008

Towards the formation of a critical counter public sphere: A one-day symposium to explore the relationship between art practice and the public sphere.

In the debased public sphere of the mass media, public opinion is administered, monitored, managed and manufactured by the private interests of big business, including the private interests of the owners of global media companies and the commercial interests of advertisers and sponsors.

Critical art is emancipatory, dialogical and dissenting. It is recalcitrant and unmanageable. A critical art is a politicized art and therefore concerned with the current condition of liberal democracy; this symposium asks how can critical art practices bring their autonomy to bear upon a debased public sphere and enable the formation of a critical counter public sphere?

Speakers: Malcolm Barnard, Freee Art Collective, Andrew Hunt, Marysia Lewandowska, Jim McGuigan, Malcolm Miles and Simon Sheikh.

Jim McGuigan
– The Cultural Public Sphere: Critical Measure of Public Culture?

Jurgen Habermas, ‘Between Facts and Forms’ (1996), p381

‘Media plays to the politics of the day’

Malcolm MilesArt as a Public Sphere (Now and Then)

Samuel Becket, ‘Endgame’

Public space/realm/sphere

Aesthetic       —-    Social

Art        —-    Dissent

‘Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home’, (IAPDH), Liverpool

Royal Standard – Future Visions, Liverpool

Use of art in the public space/realm masks the other problems with regeneration, i.e., the depression of the minority through the controlling of them via the design of the public space/realm/sphere

Capitalism is nothing and unworkable without the very people it aims to exclude.
Art is nothing and unworkable without the very people it aims to exclude.

J Robertson, & F Jameson, ‘Post Modernism, Politics & Art’

Freee Art Collective ( Beech, Hewitt and Jordan) – A Politicized Art
–    Slogan and Reimbodiement
Take a position and divide opinion

–    Dissemination
Call Forth Collaborators

–    Contexts
Challenge Hegemony

Malcolm BarnardFashion: Public and Private
Words for Private – Idios – Greek
– Idiom – Latin (?)

Words for Publlc – Hubris
– Publicus

Different language interpretation of works
Jacques Derrida – idiomatic writing
Ludwig Wittengstein – ideas on language – private/public

Jean-Jacques Rousseau –     Bommell     –     Adolf Loos
C18                                                 C19                       C20

Marysia LewandowskaSocial Cinema
London, Architectural Biennial, 2006
Projections, screens, cinemas placed around London – onto private housing, a housing estate, opposite Tate Modern.

This is Tomorrow’, Whitechapel, 1956

Use of archive material
Simon SheikhManufacturing Dissent
B-books – collection of essays, Autumn 08

3rd generation of institutional critique use it to ‘defend’ museums/ organizations

2nd generation to try and overthrow

1st generation to criticize

Critical              —-           Political

Criticism as a critic and as a celebration.

Fluxus was used to put forward a political point of view yet was not all of the artists theoretical practice. Their work was politicized yet not political

Noam Chomsky, ‘Political Economy of the Mass Media

Erosion of autonomy

Bourgeois public sphere
Corporate public sphere

Andrew HuntRegional Curating as a Counter-Public Sphere

Amateur and the Idiot

Regional as an opposite to the centre – a marginal place

Affirmative critique and antagonism.

Affirmation         vs        Politics

Mark MacGowan

Plastique Fantastique

John Russell

Wow Wow

Focal Gallery, Southend

‘Critical of Political Critical

Artist Vs. Curator/ Curator Vs. Artist…..

Saw this website, by Miriam Kathrein, which is following on from a masters project.  Found it an interesting way of tackling and debating the relationship and shifting roles of artists and curators in contemporary art…. but mostly enjoyed the tactics of using the Tote bag as a way of disseminating the ongoing struggle in a message or in a “visualised” debate!!!

See it here:

Sausage and chips

Engagement needs to be seen, 

It has to be real, not in a conference space, And not formed from discussion, this happens after the act…. 

Real experiences And true beliefs