neil cummings

Errata
15 May 1996

Commissioned by Bruce Ferguson for Walking,Thinking, Walking Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art, Denmark

The publication Errata was a parasitical intervention into a public museum, both as a guide and via the catalogue of the collection.

From the Introduction

The…

24hour Hackney
21 Nov 2015

24Hour Hackney: A City Symphony was world premiered at a festival screening celebrating the end of a year-long digital film-making project at Open School East.

 

Inspired by a visit from the Echo Park Film Centre…

Prototype of Red and Blue chair
20 Dec 1992

In 1992 I had an exhibition entitled Sculptures at the newly-established Cabinet Gallery, in London.

This is from the invitation card:

'The other project was, a scheme for entirely…

Flea Market
12 Mar 2020

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…

Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie (still)
01 May 2009

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.

12 Jun 2008

Museum Futures: Distributed - is a machinima record of the centenary interview with Moderna Museet’s executive Ayan Lindquist in June 2058.

The interview explores a genealogy for contemporary art practice and its institutions, by re-…

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 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…

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…