neil cummings

Value of Things
29 Mar 2005

I'm interested in collecting as a method for making, and making sense of our biosphere. For a while, I washed and put on a shelf an example of every plastic bottle that passed through our house. Collected, these otherwise overlooked things…

Enthusiasts Archive
28 Nov 2019

The Enthusiasts Archive is the result of extensive research amongst the remnants of amateur film clubs in Poland under socialism.

It's a critical archive of beautiful amateur films found, restored and made available.

19 Oct 2011

I contributed a presentation to the international conference Labour of the Multitudes: Political Economy of Social Creativity which took place at the Free/SlowUniversity of Warsaw, Poland, October 2011. Here is a written draft for publication, without footnotes. A print version is available in…

Socialised Affection
15 Apr 2016

I wrote a text Socialised Afffection about my grandmothers love of woodgraining for Specialism, a new publication from Open Editions.

Here is a short extract....

I remember the parlour. We…

Storyboard
26 Nov 2003

From 2003!

Documentation of a presentation of Capital (2001), recalling some of the 'fieldwork' and evolution of the project. Capital was a…

table
14 May 2019

So, I'm slowly learning to live with less, and experimenting with how to consume fewer resources. As part of these processes I'm making some of the things I might need or want, not in any dogmatic 'alt-right preppers' kind of way - I'm not about to be refining ore and forging weapons.…

Goodsyard
05 Jan 2020

Here is a version of the text published by The People's Bureau, without images and footnotes

Phantoms, controversies and communities

For the past thirty years I’ve lived on the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch east London, its the first public housing scheme built by a London wide authority…

2063
28 Jan 2019

This is a written-up version of a more discursive seminar at Chelsea College of Arts on the 28th January 2019, as to why Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum, and Jean Rhy’s Wide Saragasso Sea are forever linked, for me, to processes of decolonisation...

 

I wrote it up, as part of my…

Histories of the Present
12 Sep 2018

In September 2018, as part of The Peoples’ Bureau residency at The Collective, they invited me to participate in one of a series of discussions themed around…

Use! Value! Exchange!
18 Nov 2018

Dear Neil

The Peoples’ Bureau (PB) has been ‘in residency’ at Park Royal since May 2018, commissioned by Create London with support of…

Armada portrait, Elizabeth I
02 Apr 2019

I was one of three artists commissioned to research and make a proposal for a new artwork to coincide with the launch of The Box.

Values we Value
20 Sep 2013

Cascading micro-narrative architecture, as Composite performs a human performing a live-thread recall on the ocassion of the V&A Cluster's Bicentenary 2055.

The narrative architecture was performed at…

Play It Again Use it Together
15 Nov 2018

Play It Again Use It Together

15 - 24 November 2018

On 14th September I went to see my friends and artists that I've frequenty collaborated with Eileen…

Laboral Centre of Art and Creation
23 Apr 2018

I'm one of three artists commissioned to make a proposal for a new artwork to coincide with the launch of The Box.

The Box in Plymouth is an art institution for the…

TransActing currency
06 Jun 2018

I visited Bank Job Pictures in a former Co-Op Bank in Walthamstow, and bought some DIY currency to animate community initiatives and cancel one million pounds of local debt.

 

Exchanging currencies at the radical @…

Centre For Plausible Economies
09 Jun 2018

I participated in the launch of the Centre for Plausible Economies which included a day-long programme of workshops, talks and refreshments.

The day began…

Enthusiasts Archive design
13 Nov 2019

The Enthusiasts Archive was the result of extensive research amongst the remnants of amateur film clubs in Poland under socialism. It's a critical archive of beautiful amateur films found, restored and made available. It was online…

Venus
07 Dec 2018

Every Friday, more or less, for the past year I've been posting an image of an object  #ObjectOfTheWeek on twitter.

Each object is photographed agains a white or black…

table
20 Apr 2018

I wrote a short text for Distributed, about the possibility of re-imagining the world in…

Free Trade
06 May 2002

Commissioned by Catherine Dickinson

I collaborated with Marysia Lewandowska, on a long term research project that was to coincide with the re-opening of the Manchester Art Gallery (MAG). The research culminated with a project entitled Free Trade, the following text is edited from…

Still, Screen Tests
15 Jul 2006

As the exhibition train leaves the platform, we are taken on a documentary journey of "a happy hunting ground for tycoons" the birth of commercial television broadcasting in South West England, in 1961.

Broadcast Times is assembled from film fragments found at the South West Film…

Chair
03 Nov 2019

First prototype of a possible chair. It's inspired by Enzo Mari's ideas of being able to make domestic necessities, using stock timber, simple hand tools and everyday skills. There's an echo of Utility furniture from…

Display Cases
27 Feb 1997

During the 1990's I was very interested in the idea of collection for making sense of the world. And to be honest I'm still interested, take a look at #ObjectOfTheWeek on twitter.

Parade KFKM screening
18 Aug 2007

I contributed to: Decoder; 3rd Biennial for Video Art curated by Nav Haq

The invitation from Nav Haq to participate in…