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I co-authored a text for a book that re-performs the amazing event #Transacting; A Market of Values.

This bustling market featured artists, designers, economists, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists…


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Early March 2020. I could see the Covid pandemic overwhelming hospitals and cemeteries, decimating towns and cities in Italy – news from China was harder to discern – taking hold in Spain where I had just returned from, and forcing governments to implement lockdowns and quarantines. I imagined…


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The financier James Stephens is a friend of mine and a respected book collector here in London. He specialises in rare and first editions of early American printed texts. James heard from a contact in the discrete world of bookselling that a reputable dealer in New York was offering for sale the…


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A cold overcast Thursday in March, it’s 1914. After a lazy lunch with Eva at la Rotonde I pick-up an old broken wine crate abandoned outside the cafe and carry it to my studio. The one on the boulevard Raspail. With a hammer I break the crate down and save a thin but broad strip from the…


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 A Shadow of Marx a chapter I wrote in 2004 for  Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 edited by Prof. Amelia Jones. The…


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Lost Property resulted from an unrealised project initiated by the Public Art Development Trust in 1995. In collaboration with Marysia Lewandowska we were invited to make a proposal for the design of a London Underground Station. The proposal was rejected but the research, photographing…


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I live on the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch, east London. Across Bethnal Green Road to the south is the disused Bishopsgate Goodsyard a derelict railway goods depot that has lain abandoned since 1964. Ballymoor and Hammerson are the current owners proposing to redevelop the site with 1.4 million…


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Some years ago as part of Critical Practice at an event called Insatiable we repurposed…


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I was invited by microsillons to contribute to Communes évidences. The invitation was to respond to the question

TO WHAT SUBJECTS, TOOLS OR TACTICS SHOULD WE URGENTLY EDUCATE…


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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 consumption.

A flea market connects peoples’ actual needs and…