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Objet : Re: Sept-Oct 2013: Propositions for… at news of the world gallery
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From conversation with Artist Steve Klee. A proposition. Thanks to the Artist.

Too Prolix: A Tour Out of Time (working title)
I’ve finally got round to it, hope I’m not too late to respond to your intriguing call and submit a proposal for a solo show next year.  The exhibition will explore three interrelated philosophical themes: the time-travelling ‘retroactive’ logic of decision-making; the political actor as necessarily anachronistic, and political action as a ‘performance of equality’. These ideas are, I think, interesting in their own right but also reflect upon and intervene into the discourses surrounding site-specificity and art as re-enactment.
The exhibition would relate to a performance work that will take place on The Historic Dockyard Chatham in June that re-enacts certain ‘picturesque’ labour disputes between the dockyard workers (artificers) and the Admiralty during the 18th century. The script is made from words appropriated verbatim from primary-source archival material, and delivered in the artificial rhetorical acting style of the time. The staging of the performance involves a ‘narrative trick’ whereby the feeling of time-travel is affected.
My proposal for News of The World is twofold: 1. I use the gallery as a space to extend the life of the performance, an iteration of an ‘original’ which is also an iteration… In this instance the show would contain documentation of the event plus a twisty timeline of my own devising. This graphic wall piece would riff on the timeline as curatorial device (perhaps invented by Group Material), but transform its linearity, showing that history is not set-in-stone, one event building incontrovertibly upon another. Rather history is open to radical retroactive transformation, whereby agential action in the present reaches back so as to transform how the past has been. A realistic timeline therefore needs to be able to illustrate these moments of time-travel. The exhibition would also include select props from the performance, and dramatic readings of the script.
2. Or, News of The World is used prior to the Chatham dockyard performance as a rehearsal and workshop space. Here the appropriate acting style for the performance could be hammered out and practiced. (I’ve already made contact with an expert in 18th century theatre and planned a session with actors).  Also the gallery could be used as a studio to devise and produce the timeline piece. In addition I could show faked documentation of the dockyard performance again messing with straightforward notions of causality: displayed evidence of an event that has yet to take place…
I hope this text is enough to piqué your interest; if so I would be very happy to give more information or continue the conversation in another form.


Steve Klee | Lecturer Fine Art & Admissions Officer | School of Music and Fine Art
University of Kent

Part 5. 7 Artists beginning a conversation for current show Propositions for principles of art philosophy in practice a production phenomenon

1. Claire Louis Pestaille – Project : Assassin

The Assasin

The Persona and the Shadow

It is a frightening thought that man also has a shadow side to him, consisting not just of little weaknesses and foibles, but of a positively demonic dynamism. The individual seldom knows anything of this; to him, as an individual, it is incredible that he should ever in any circumstances go beyond himself. But let these harmless creatures form a mass, and there emerges a raging monster; and each individual is only one tiny cell in the monster’s body, so that for better or worse he must accompany it on its bloody rampages and even assist it to the utmost. Having a dark suspicion of these grim possibilities, man turns a blind eye to the shadow-side of human nature. Blindly he strives against the salutary dogma of original sin, which is yet so prodigiously true. Yes, he even hesitates to admit the conflict of which he is so painfully aware.

“On the Psychology of the Unconscious” (1912).

In CW 7: Two Essays on Analytical Psychology

2.  Georgie Flood

3.  Richard Ducker


4.  Kate Southworth

Not possible just to pop by your space but nonetheless would like to be involved in the dialogue. I’m making work that uses protocol as a medium which makes possible the enactment of protocol (instructions) as everyday labour, performance and ritual. Alexander Galloway has written about protocol being how control exists after decentralisation. He proposes counter protocol as a potential strategy of resistance. Alongside counter protocol, I propose fragile protocol as a strategy of resistance. My rituals engage the borders of exhibitions and events, as well as existing in the everyday.

5.  Rosie Leventon

I’m working on a new series at the moment, 3 pieces are made, –  2 or 3 more to come. Its called Up The Duff.  They are made from Celotex and raw pigment.


6.  Jesus Jimenez

7.  Seekers of Lice – Encyclops

Encyclops will be made up of hundreds of paper bags with handwritten text, printed text,  photographs and drawing. It’s an exploration of the gap between solipsism and strructures of knowing, with Echo and Narcissus at its core. It puts together titles, images and text in combinations which flout the desire to make universal meaning. The poetic and diaristic is combined with the factual.


Thanks to all the Artists.

Part 4. 7 Artists beginning conversations for P

1.  Paul-Armand Gette


2.  Adele Prince

Do either the First wall, Second wall, Third wall, Fourth wall or Floor need  something soft and comfortable for people to lean against/on? I could create A Rest. Would you like that?

3.  Gabriel Andreu

4.  Kerry Baldry

5.  Karl Ingar Roys

6.  Vincent Pons



7.  Wayne Horse


Discarded furniture family

thanks to all the artists


Part 3. 7 more artists beginning conversation for Propositions for principles of art……

1.  Rorschach Audio via Joe Banks

2.  Mark Wilsher


3.   Elena Cologni

4.   Magnus Aronson

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5.  Susan Mortimer

The most recent project I’m setting up is to be collaboration with Empty Shop HQ here in Durham and is a photographic documentation of individuals who have used Empty Shop HQ and about their connection with the actual building.


This is a project which follows on from having photographed the building for the past 5 years since Empty Shop began in Durham when no one else was in the building.

6.  Tom Francis Levy

tom cart art

7.  Matthew Rose


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Part 2. 8 artists starting a conversation for propositions for principles of art philosophy in practice a production phenomenon

1.  Sean Steadman

Satyre Axe Painting with fire..

2.  Louise Manifold

3.  Peter friedl

Who the hell are you to send me such nonsense? I’m fed up with all of you. Best, PF

4.  Poppy Whatmore


5.  Joanna McCormick

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6.  Lisa Takahashi


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7.  Miranda Pissarides


8.  Steve Armstrong


Thanks to the artists.