‘Double Vision’, Impact8 International Printmaking conference / Print Festival Scotland, Dundee, 2013

The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, 2014

Galerie Commune, Université Lille 3, Tourcoing, France, 2014

MIC FEST, Université Sciences Po Lille, Lille, France, 2014

Bibliothèque, Université Lille 3, Tourcoing, France, 2015

Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, 2016


Curated mobile exhibitions with associated publications

MICROMEGAS

Micromegas


Micromegas is a publishing project and mobile exhibition that will eventually comprise of 7 editions.


New work is being commissioned in response to Voltaire’s Micromégas text of 1752, a seminal work in the genre of science fiction. Key ideas offered to artists, designers and writers are scale, human foible, scientific superstitions, science as ruse, science as spectacle, anti-utopias, human essence, and the formation of ideas.


The first edition, MICROMEGAS > POWERS OF 10 brings together work by artists Pavel Büchler, Dora Garcia, Jonathan Monk, Scott Myles, Thomson & Craighead, designer Marco Stout, ourselves and a booklet containing a text by Mark Dorrian ‘In the abyss of the infinitesimally small’.


The second edition, MICROMEGAS: VAGABOND FLUX, includes posters by Jonn Herschend, Stefanos Pavlakis & Tobias Kauer, Jacques Longuecolline, Mick Peter, Bik Van der Pol, Laure Prouvost, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen and a booklet with essay by Emma Bolland, ‘Micromegas, Dog Star: Dreaming Transmissions of a Cosmonaut Bitch.’


The large-scale posters form a component of the exhibitions, and when folded, each is an element of the respective publication. The exhibitions, publication and an academic paper investigate notions of portability, reproduction, distribution and presentation in contemporary art practice and curation with reference to Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte en Valise. Number Two in Duchamp’s series is held in Scotland, in the National Galleries of Scotland collection. The project also explores issues central to our art practice; recycling, appropriation, reproduction, re-presentation and artist-led curatorial practice. It references Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design's unique Artists’ Books Collection Dundee (abcDundee) to highlight contemporary issues within transmediation and ekphrasis. Each component of the project contributes to an exploration of the innovative possibilities of visual publishing.


The associated academic paper, ‘Republished Matter: a philosophical story translated through time, medium and space’ was presented by us during Impact8 International Printmaking conference (Borders and Crossings: the Artist as Explorer; Aug-Sept 2013) and is published in the Impact8 publication (2014).