The Art of Desire

I have been invited to write a short text for Corinne Lewis’ exhibition The Art of Desire at the Gallery of Wonder, Newcastle University. The exhibition is on from the 7 September to the 1 October 2010 and can be found at the Fine Art Department at the university.

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31 experiments in the philosophy of Agitprop life

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Censored! – 31 experiments in the philosophy of Agitprop life

The poster, ’31 experiments in the Philosophy of Agitprop life’ by James & Jones has been censored by Plymouth Council and won’t be appearing on the city centre advertising drums around Plymouth.

When I inquired as to why, the answer from Plymouth Council was ‘Without providing context through Agitprop exhibition branding or signposting, it was felt that the poster was confusing and confrontational’. The “experiment” that the council took most offence to was number 25, ‘Design a new logo for agitprop, and threaten to sue anyone who does not use it when making artwork that is inspired by agitprop.’ They were worried that someone may take it literally and try and sue someone.

To me this shows Plymouth Councils total lack of faith in the people of Plymouth and their ability to understand when something is done in jest or ironically. Do they really think someone is going to actually go through with this and try and sue someone?  It is fairly obvious it is not an advertisement poster and that it has been written with humour. Plymouth Council are obviously happy to censor art if it doesn’t fit their strict and humourless criteria.

The poster however will still be in the exhibition itself and Plymouth central library understood it and have presented it. The exhibition is at Project Space 11 until the 28 August and you can view all the posters here.

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James & Jones, Agitprop!

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Ambulation, 14 August 10 October 2010, Plymouth Art Centre

Ambulation is an exhibition at Plymouth Art Centre curated by Mark James, one half of James & Jones.

Ambulation is an exhibition, series of events, films and new commissions by artists and architects who use walking as an artistic practice. Investigate your everyday through the act of walking and explore the historical contexts of the city and its symbols. The series of newly commissioned walks explore the city through its histories and unseen, distinctive anomalies. The intention of Ambulation is that the exhibition of ephemera, commissions and documentation, along with the projects; participatory and performative, will help to develop a conversation on walking and the city over the period of the exhibition. This will be encouraged through discussion with the artists and architects involved in the projects.

Artists: ad:HOC, Architecture Centre Devon and Cornwall, Bridgette Ashton, Tim Brennan, Simon Persighetti and Tony Whitehead, Phil Smith and Polly Macpherson, The Traveling School of Art

Curated by Mark A James as part of the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium Associate Scheme.

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