I am very pleased to announce that Double War: Shaun Gladwell by Kit Messham-Muir has just been published by Thames & Hudson.
What is a Book? workshop at The Tetley, part of the Nous Vous exhibition A Watery Line. The aim of the workshop is to explore and investigate the form and function of the book through an axis of self-initiated, practice-based inquiry. Participants worked independently to create a collaborative publication featuring work researched throughout the session using a photocopier and a risograph printer. The exhibition is well worth a visit so catch it before it closes on 31 August. Photo by Mark Martin.
DVD packaging and a series of event posters to promote British filmmaker Peter Samson’s new film Theatre of the Mundane. The black and white film, shot in 16 mm, develops the theme of human movement in man-made spaces, drawing on Oskar Schlemmer’s theatre work at the Bauhaus. In Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, figures move along rectangular grids like automata following prescribed (and absurd) paths. In Theatre of the Mundane, within the proscenium arch of the film-frame, people make their exits and their entrances according to an unconscious choreography, where every pause and every gesture has significance. It’s been a pleasure to work with Peter, whose film Theme and Variations (2007) — a beautiful study of light and movement in Leeds train station — I enjoyed greatly.
I’m currently working on a book for The Block and installation artist Charlotte Prodger to accompany their joint exhibition, ‘Markets’, which opens at CHELSEA space, London in June, 2014. The Block provides video monitors for hire to artists, curators, galleries and museums staging video work.
We have been commissioned to design a book for Australian photographer and video artist Shaun Gladwell. In October 2009 Gladwell was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to be an official war artist in Afghanistan. He was attached to the Australian Defence Force, which is engaged in a range of training, logistical, reconnaissance, and battle operations as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The book, featuring Gladwell’s works alongside texts by Dr Kit Messham-Muir, will be published in September 2014.