neil cummings

May 2009

Uncertainty Principle

01 Jun 2009

Museum Futures: Distributed will be screened as part of What are we going to do after we’ve done what we’re going to do next? is a curatorial film selection by Latitudes for The Uncertainty PrincipleMACBA, Barcelona, Spain.

The Uncertainty Principle' is a programme produced by the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) divided in four parts, which through conferences, performances, cinema, video programmes and artist presentations sets out to analyse the multiple ways of generating a hypothesis.

What are we going to do after we’ve done what we’re going to do next? consider the notion of memory in reverse, prognosis, doubt and strategic foresight within the arena of futurology, in particular narratives of time travel. How we might look beyond the present with or without recourse to established genres?

You can see a sliver of Museum Futures or read the transcribed machinima dialogue



41.373041, 2.167847

Critical Forum

24 May 2009

Collecting Moving Images
the Nunnery, Bow, London

I participated in a Forum discussion curated by Cinzia Cremona, around the theme of Collecting Moving Images as part of a survey exhibition of recent work.

The Forum was chaired by Cinzia and included
3 pm Collecting: Myriam Blundell collector and curator, and Lucy Bayley from the Contemporary Art Society
4 pm Coffee and Pampero rum break
4.30 pm Circulating: Peter Lewis, Chris Meigh-Andrews and myself

I screened Screen Tests, and talked about working with public media archives and the possibilities offered by copyleft licenses.

We had an interesting discussion (on-line here) on collecting - storage, exhibition the museum and the archive; circulation - gallery or private exhibition, and the 'free' circulation of material via or copyleft distribution; economics - the differences in a consumer model, or fee based commissions; and more generally the dynamics of private collections, educational archives and databases; and the impact of changing technologies.


The Nunery
Bow Road
United Kingdom

51.528664, 0.017788



I contribute to Critical Practice, a cluster of artists, researchers, academics and others, supported by Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.

We are collaborating with Kuba Szreder, a freelance curator from Warsaw,  on an international conference exploring the contested, and increasingly relevant to topic of ‘publicness’ or 'being-in-public'. We are working towards Parade (working title) a conference and series of events in the beautiful Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea, opposite Tate Britain in central London – 4 minutes from the Houses of Parliament. Parade is scheduled for May 2010.

We intend to explore different conceptions of publicness - historical, cultural, architectural  and digital, as represented in Eastern and Western Europe through the contrasting experiences of Poland and Britain.


Palace of Culture

52.231506, 21.005602



After extensive research amongst the remnants of amateur film clubs in Poland under socialism, I co-developed the Enthusiasts archive. A critical archive of beautiful amateur films found, restored and made available for you.

Presented as a collaborative artwork theEnthusiasts archive enables you to explore how the generosity of the enthusiast reveals a range of interests and experiences generally invisible amongst the breathless flow of the State sponsored, or professionally mediated.

My intention withEnthusiasts archive is to stimulate interest and discussion into the nature of creative exchange, the function of public archives and the future of the public domain. In many ways, the project informed Procesos de archivo/ Archivalprocess and Open Cinema


07 May 2009

cafe construction

This will be the cafe, designed by Caruso St John.

For the last 2 years I've been a trustee of the emerging Nottingham Contemporary. Its been fascinating - and quite a lot of work - to participate in creating a new kind of art institution. An art institution 'fit-for-purpose' in the 21st Century

“Art is what makes life more interesting than art”. Robert Filliou

At Nottingham Contemporary we believe that contemporary artists offer extraordinary perspectives on society, and so:

•    We promote the research, exchange and dissemination of ideas inspired by today’s art practices across disciplines and cultures, working with a wide range of partners.


Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross
United Kingdom

52.951295, -1.146129


ArchivalprocessI'm working on a research project with Intermediæ entitled Procesos de archivo/ Archivalprocess.

Intermediæ is an experimental programme for contemporary creative practice developed by the Cultural Department of the City Government of Madrid. Active for 2 years, Intermediae is a process, through which they are constructing an immanent institution. Through their development they have evolved three structural axes: creation as a means for research and production, process for continual experimentation and reflection, and participation as a commitment to their publics.

Procesos de archivo/ Archivalprocess is a reflection on, and a set of artistic projects that explore the construction of an archive of Intermediæ's activities. How can we assemble, present and make available to the public, an archive of an institution conceived as process, and committed to participation?

We understand that public Archives, like collections in Museums and Galleries are built with the property of multiple authors and previous owners. But unlike the collection, there is no imperative within the conventional logic of the archive, to exhibit, display or interpret its holdings.



40.393997, -3.699265


Guernica WhitechapelOn the 1st October 2008 I screened Museum Futures at Intermediae in Madrid.

Intermediæ is an initiative of the Arts Department of Madrid City Council. It opened in 2007 and is located in the Matadero (former abattoir) in the Legazpi district of the city. It provides Madrid with an arena for contemporary creative arts in which the City Council acts as a catalyst for creativity and its publics.

Intermediæ’s defining characteristic and purpose is process, to make and remake relationships between publics, their city council and creativity. 

Intermediæ aspires to extend its processes and practices to other institutions: public and private, local, national and international.


Creative institution

40.39227, -3.69662


01 May 2009

I intalled the Lapdogs film in the exhibition that produced it, Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie at the Arnolfini in Bristol. Curated by Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr, the exhibition/research project has been peripatetically roving for the last two years; to London, Berlin, Stockholm, Istanbul and Cairo. For Bristol, I created an environment; part cheap but chic domestic interior, part Lapdogs Media stand at a media trade fair.

The other artists included Annika Eriksson, Dirk Fleischmann/Michele di Menna, Chris Evans, Liam Gillick, San Keller, Hassan Khan, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Marion von Osten and Anup Mathew Thomas


United Kingdom

51.449119, -2.597548