neil cummings

text

12 Mar 2020
Flea Market

I've been thinking about things, how they're imagined, produced and circulate for some time. Living near Brick lane in London, which used to be a vast flea-market, has encouraged me to think about the material underside of shopping.

A flea market connects peoples’ actual needs and desires…


01 May 2009
Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie (still)

Lapdogs was installed as part of the exhibition Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie at the Arnolfini in Bristol, and previously at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo.


29 Mar 2005
Value of Things

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…


15 Apr 2016
Socialised Affection

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…


05 Jan 2020
Goodsyard

Here is a version of the text published by The People's Bureau, without 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, the London…


12 Sep 2018
Histories of the Present

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…


18 Nov 2018
Use! Value! Exchange!

Dear Neil

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


20 Apr 2018
table

I wrote a short text for Distributed, about the possibility of re-imagining the world in common. Distributed is edited by David Blamey and Brad Haylock for…


13 Jul 2017
Stool
My text Look at me, look at me, look at me was reprinted in BRACES, LEVERS, FETISHES & TALISMANS  


16 Nov 2016
Creative Stance

I was invited by Nadine Monem of common-editions to contribute a text to The Creative Stance. The beautiful publication is an exploration and celebration of creativity, from…