Flying the Flag

My new exhibition, ‘Flag of Convenience’ has opened for a preview week before its ‘proper’ opening on Saturday 1st June (tour at 2:30pm).

You couldn’t have an exhibition about flags without having some flags – Here’s the story behind a pair I’ve had made by the flagmakers to the Queen no less, in a piece called ‘£IG BANG! BOOM + BU$T’. And here are some photos of them being made…

The two flags are double-sided, and the designs are appliqued – none of your digital printed stuff here, mate – sorry – Your Majesty. Nice bit of overlocking stitching on the lettering too, you’ll note. 

Anyway, if you’ve read thus far, you’re probably waiting for me to explain what it’s all about…

“No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic” – A.J.P. Taylor

National flags developed from the banners carried by armies into battle. Capitalism, deregulation and globalisation mean money and the power and influence it wields has no borders.

The phrase ‘Big Bang’, was used to describe the deregulation of the London Stock Exchange by Margaret Thatcher in 1986.

It was notable that one of the first things Thatcher did when she got in power in 1979 was to abolish limits on how much money you could stuff in a suitcase and take out of the country.

A ‘Boom and Bust’ cycle is where economic expansion is followed by a rapid contraction, leading to recessions, collapses in the market, and mass unemployment. This repeating cycle seems to be a constant feature of a capitalist economy.



Flags Exhibition

My new exhibition is called ‘Flag of Convenience’ and it’s at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery from Saturday 25th May until Friday 28th June 2019. Admission is free. Flags and what they are made to represent have been a longtime interest – The exhibition will include postcards and badges from the Dunnico eBay account to put the 40-odd photos in their social and historical context. They’ll even be a couple or more new artworks on show.
Anyway – here’s the leaflet and stay tuned for some background, outtakes and unveilings.

Dull

 

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It may be called ‘Dull’ but hopefully this exhibition at the Brighton Fringe Festival will be anything but. For a start, I’ve got a piece in it. The exhibition has been put together by Sightlines Projects and “examines this most ordinary of words and invites the viewer to pause just a moment longer”.

I’ve droned on before about my 2011 sound installation 100 Breaths Per Minute, which has been shown a couple of times previously, but here’s what it says on the latest caption board:

“What could be duller than nothing? But of course, silence is not nothing – 100 Breaths Per Minute is a minute long and is made up of one hundred breaths. The breaths were the inhalations of announcers on BBC Radio 4, taken just before they began to introduce the next programme. There is a golden rule on the radio: The airwaves must never fall silent! This is in case someone spinning the tuning dial thinks there is nothing on – And as has already been stated, there is no such thing as nothing”. 

If you can’t get down to Bath, you could always watch it on the television – Wireless radio with pictures!

Dull runs from 25 May to 9 June 2019 open daily from 10am to 6pm – Last day closing at 3pm at 8 Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ.

https-::www.fringeartsbath.co.uk:exhibitions:?fbclid=IwAR0fG0UZHcDKqDePrOJcuGhAxakPjHc-rIBxo21xEe9K5MVTfkSQ01SiMvw#dull

Art D’Morte

art-dmorteIf you’re a goth and in Whitby this weekend (and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you be) you can see my old video ‘Duppies’ (aka ‘Memento Mori’) being resurrected at Art D’Morte – the biannual gothic show held in conjunction with Marquis Masquerade and the Whitby Dracula Society, which brings art, animation, film and literature together.

 

Silenced

I’m taking part in this year’s Didsbury Arts Festival, (22nd to 30 June 2019 at various venues) showing my piece ‘A Proclamation’, about the Two Minutes Silence observed during remembrance services.

I’m making a video that will be posted here during the festival and will look at my own interest in silences and how silence can say so much, much of it unintended.

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Feeling festive?

I’ve got a couple of pictures in the Lyin’ Politicians Festival being held over what was supposed to be Brexit Weekend, at The Fish Factory Arts Centre in Penryn, Cornwall.

Best of Brexit

Some scenes from the last week

Strike!

Thousands of school students all over the world took part in strikes to protest about climate change – Here are some photographs I took at Westminster Bridge in London where I was for the opening of the Take Back Control exhibition, which is on until this Saturday (23 March 2019).