neil cummings

November 2011

Finale Symposium

02 Dec 2011

Self Portrait: Arnolfini

Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December 2011

I will be in Plymouth to participate in the Finale Symposium for the British Art Show 7. With Tom Trevor, Director of the Arnolfini and using Self Portrait Arnolfini as our guide, we performatively inhabited 2061 and recalled from composite memeory, how we got there. 

 Singularity is overwritten by difference

With the evolution of assemblies for replication, singularity is overwritten by difference.

Everything is at once singular, everything can be narrated into singularity. Yet nothing is singular, everything can be bedded down into a flow of precedents and antecedents. The singular only exist at the level of the ideology, it disappears as we advance towards it. The singular is in essence a generic artefact, assembled from the minute and relative differences from within a defined series.  And this drive to replicate, image for image, object to object, sound to sound, word for word is how we make the know world; and, that world known to one another.

Read the symposium twitter stream


Plymouth College of Art
Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

50.3733, -4.1373

Gates of Heaven

20 Nov 2011

Thames, RotherhitheGates of Heaven


Sunday 20th November, on my way to the Critical Practice Walk and Talk at the Royal Observatory. The walk (we were to meet at at 1pm) started at the Prime Meridian, Longitude 0° Latitude 51° 28' 38 N........ even if it rained. The walk was entitled from Science to Culture........


Anyway, on my way there I stood stunned before the gates of heaven in Mile End, and the walk unfolded through banks of fog pierced by sparkling winter sun, like in a Turner painting. Beautiful.


See Man on a Plate


Gates of Heaven
St Paul's Way
E3 4AR
United Kingdom

51.5176, -0.0294

Exhibition Experiments

24 Nov 2011

FSUWExhibition Experiments (working title) is a collaborative practice-based research project into histories of exhibition.  Students, staff, experts and others will together research the idea of exhibition as a bundle of technologies for display and exchange. There are an increasing number of academic publications and conferences in curatorial and exhibition history, although the premise of this project is research through practice; we will make things, and make things happen.

The project might construct key exhibitionary moments; for example architect Frederick Kiesler’s 1924 L+T System for museum displays; a fragment of El Lissitsky's Abstract Cabinet (destroyed by the Nazis in 1937) we may also re-enact projects such as op losse schroeven (Stadelijk Museum, 1969) the entrepreneurial Freeze exhibition of 1988, or maybe one of Rirkrit Tiravanija's convivial cooking exhibitions. 

These are mere suggestions - the plan would be to develop an exhibition of key exhibitionary experiments, collectively.  This will unfold through seminars and workshops before the Triangle ‘exhibitionary’ period, and during the physical construction of the exhibition itself. 

Exhibition: Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art & Design

When: Monday 21st May – Wednesday 30th May 2012


See the project blog or



Triangle Space
Chelsea College of Art and Design
16 John Islip Street
United Kingdom

51.4902, -0.1283

New Book!

30 Jan 2012

St Pauls, London

As part of Self Portrait; Arnolfini we produced a beautiful celebratory publication, designed by Stephen Coates and developed in close collaboration with archivist Julian Warren.  

Recalled from composite memory on the eve of our centenary in 2061, three relational threads are intertwined;

1. social and financial organisation

2. technological innovation

3. art and its institutions

You can view, or download a .pdf, read a data sprite snippet, or see how we developed the raw-text on this wiki.

A print version is published by Arnolfini and available from Cornerhouse.


16 Narrow Quay
United Kingdom

51.4493, -2.5964