Monday, 18 October 2010

The Arsehole

I performed as the Cult Leader/Arsehole character in Spartacus Chetwynd's 'A Tax Haven Run By Women'. 

"At last I find something magical in the form of the eccentrically named Spartacus Chetwynd and her troupe of bizarre actors, performing A Tax Haven Run by Women, another of Frieze's special projects. Abject human seals drag themselves across the floor, their costumes a bloated rag-bag of remnants. A sinister looking chap called Cult Leader Asshole – a sort of pope – hangs about, while haughty senoras dance, and another gaggle of troupers, some with their foam-rubber, pipe-lagging entrails, make an incomprehensible appearance. There is a cat-bus, or a bus in the form of a cat, with too many crustacean-like legs, whose shape comes from a Manga animation. There is also a group of "women who refuse to grow old gracefully". They are warring with an "oppressed body-part puree", though I might be wrong."

- Adrian Searle, Guardian reveiw

"The women who refuse to grow old gracefully"

The Catbus

Seal orchestra

Spartacus with the Oppressed Puree during the intermission

Paul Kindersley


- Adrian Searle, Guardian

- Time Out

- Grayson Perry Contemprary Art Special, Culture Show

- Londonist (nice picture)

- Ben Luke, Evening Standard (nice interview)

Friday, 15 October 2010

The Culture Show

Grayson Perry interviews Spartacus Chetwynd:

I've been assisting with and performing in 'A Tax Haven Run By Women (In The Style Of A Luna Park Game Show)', Spartacus Chetwynd's Frieze commission.

She seems to be in all the papers! I will try to collect the photos and articles about it here when it's finished.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Annika Ström

I'll be working for Swedish artist Annika Ström at this years Frieze Art Fair.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Lord Magpie with Rowan Coupland
I recommend seeing him if you get the chance. He's on tour at the moment promoting his album which features artwork by Ray Wong of Lord Magpie. I'll put a picture up when i find one.

<a href="">Thorns, Brambles, white water and Black Oak by Rowan Coupland</a>

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Lord Magpie at the Goldsmiths Degree Show party

Live in Peckham! At the Goldsmiths BA Fine Art degree show after party, 2010.

Video by James Hedges.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Ari Marcopoulos 2010 Whitney Biennial

Detroit, 2010

'Although Marcopoulos shot Detroit while visiting friends in that city, this looped video conveys the energy and open-ended feel of the domestic scene it portrays. Detroit merges his attention to particularities of cultural identity with the intimacy of a home movie. The kids in the video skillfully adapt the gritty conventions of noise rock for an audience of family and friends.'

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Don't piss it away

these two videos seem to pretty much sum up my approach to making...

Monday, 24 May 2010

Friday, 21 May 2010

note on mystery, coincidence and narrative

Ben Osborn sent me this on my birthday. Partly, i think, because he knew it was my kind of thing, and partly because he couldn't get away with putting it in the essay he was writing:

'The narrative of the mystery story is always dependent on coincidence, in the form of clues and leads. These objects, events, and characters are incidents separate in time and space from the crime itself, but they and the crime occupy the same epistemological incident. As such, they form a co-incidental (coincidental) detailing of the event. In the mystery story, for the sake of thematic economy and narrative unity, everything is potentially a clue. The paradox of this is that, within a predetermined narrative, there can be no coincidences: that is, as long as there is a controlling authorial or narrator-voice, everything is presented within an overall narrative structure, and thus nothing can be considered coincidental. This paradoxical relationship between narrative and reality is called realism.

MASHA. But what is the meaning of it?
TUZENBACH. The meaning… Look, it is snowing. What is the meaning of that? (Pause.)
(Chekhov, Three Sisters, Act II)

Tuzenbach’s rhetorical question in Chekhov’s Three Sisters says two things which add up the same sensation and thus the same meaning: pantheism or nihilism. Nihilism says that snow falls without meaning, i.e. everything occurs without meaning: pantheism says that the universe exists, which is a meaningful existence, i.e. everything has a meaning, everything is holy, and everything is God. Within a narrative structure (that of a conversation) this sensation is inevitable: anything and everything that occurs within that narrative structure will affect it simply by occurring; thus, either this event is meaningful, or the whole narrative structure is meaningless. How to respond to such possibility? Pause.

Pause. That is, be silent, wait. Tacet, as John Cage’s 4’33” instructs its musicians. Let other things happen, and experience them.'

Monday, 17 May 2010

Talkshow with Dominika Kieruzel and Steph Dickinson

I sincerley hope there will be more of these. We might finally get to the bottom of that age old question, is love an illuminarti plot?

Robert Wyatt - At Last I Am Free

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Mono no aware

Mono no aware
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the German musical group, see Mono No Aware.

Mono no aware (物の哀れ, mono no aware, literally "the pathos of things"), also translated as "an empathy toward things," or "a sensitivity of ephemera," is a Japanese term used to describe the awareness of mujo or the transience of things and a bittersweet sadness at their passing. The term was coined in the eighteenth century by the Edo period Japanese cultural scholar Motoori Norinaga, and was originally a concept used in his literary criticism of The Tale of Genji, and later applied to other seminal Japanese works including the Man'yōshū, becoming central to his philosophy of literature, and eventually to Japanese cultural tradition.

The word is derived from the Japanese word mono, which means "things" and aware, which was a Heian period expression of measured surprise (similar to "ah" or "oh"), translating roughly as "pathos," "poignancy," "deep feeling," or "sensitivity." Thus, mono no aware has frequently been translated as "the 'ahh-ness' of things." In his criticism of The Tale of Genji, Motoori noted that mono no aware is the crucial emotion that moves readers. Its scope was not limited to Japanese literature, and became associated with Japanese cultural tradition (see also sakura).

The quintessentially "Japanese" director Yasujiro Ozu was well known for creating a sense of mono no aware, frequently climaxing with a character saying a very understated "ii tenki desu ne" (It is fine weather, isn't it?), after both a familial and societal paradigm shift, such as daughter being married off, against the backdrop of a swiftly changing Japan. Norwegian Wood by the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is an example of this feeling as well.

Some Western scholars have compared it to Virgil's term lacrimae rerum.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Nulepsy - Jess Rhinland

Me helping out on Jess's film shoot (photo Harley Weir, 2010)

Monday, 3 May 2010

Friday, 30 April 2010

Here Nor There - Emma Leach

Here Nor There (2010) Late at Tate

This is the second performance of Emma's that i've been involved in, the first being 'Your tourch is burning brightly...' (2008). She gave me the only two letters that couldn't be mixed up (must show her faith in me). The following is from her website:

"Here Nor There is a flashing human news ticker which appears, displays and disappears back into the crowd. The signs alternate between reading THERE IS BETTER or HERE IS BETTER and their retreat back into the audience is triggered by waving a large, black flag.
Taking as its source an absurd exchange between the United States and Cuba, this work pokes fun at diplomatic tit-for-tat and the meaningless words that are used when entrenched in conflict.

// Read the news article, 'US turns off Havana news ticker that angered Cuba'

Here Nor There was commissioned by Cecilia Wee as part of 'Shards of Utopia', Late at Tate BritainPerformed by Bram Thomas Arnold, Joe Campbell, Chloe Cooper, Emma Leach, Sarah Leach, Samuel Overington, Frances Scott, Nikki Tomlinson and Natasha Vicars
Photo by Sascha Pohflepp."

Ono Soul

Wednesday, 28 April 2010


Installation view of the Chain of Life film loop.
"Through a three-day intervention into the public gallery that is the Triangle Space, FLΔG returns to, explores and plays with the ‘educational turn’ by re-turning the exploration of art and pedagogy to the art educational institution itself, in this case Chelsea College of Art and Design. The event is a shared venture amongst participants in dialogue with each other and the institution, the latter understood as both a physical entity and as a discursive arena. Speakers from inside and outside the art educational institution are invited to come and explore this topic within a setting of artworks that also engage with these dialogues. Key issues for pedagogic practice are methods and sites of knowledge-transfer, the artist as educator, collaboration and participation and the idealisation of art education. FLΔG intends to encourage a process-based approach, stimulating dialogue rather than aiming at conclusions."

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

10th APRIL

I'm not playing this time but maybe it will be good..?

Monday, 22 March 2010

Lord Magpie on JEN TV

Jen TV Music 1 from ray moody on Vimeo.

This is the first episode of a music vlog on a modelling website called premier model style. Jen Dawson is a model who, according to wikipedia:

"...caused a Media stir in Feb 2008 when for Lingerie brand Agent Provocateur she posed naked in London Department store Selfridges' window for the launch of their new perfume Strip. She also starred in short film "Lady Behave" Directed by John Malkovich in which she plays one of a bunch of bad girls who join a Ladies school of Etiquette."

We're on about 2:35 minutes in.

NOTE: Artist Dean Dempsey also features in this video

Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Is still out there...

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Thursday, 28 January 2010

I just liked your earlier stuff

No Words by Karl-Oscar Ollson, 2007

Ungainly Goings-on

"The implausibly named Lord Magpie & The Prince Of Cats offer guttersnipe rockabilly that can hardly be called tidy, but has the clumsy alluring grace of a newborn foal. They have tiny amps that probably came from a Kinder Surprise, atrocious backing vocals, a strange ungainly vocalist who camply croons like a cross between Andy Warhol and Waylon Jennings, and enough energy to outweigh any amateurism. Some of the greatest rock and roll is primal, and whilst Lord Magpie isn’t angry, or sweaty, or sexy, the music does seem to come from the very core of the performers. They’re also fascinating: how did this weird lotmeet? How do they rehearse? Hang on, have they ever rehearsed? If there’s one thing missing in rock music today, it’s mystery; Lord Magpie is a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a butterfingered “Hi-Heeled Sneakers” cover. Seek them out."

David Murphy, Nightshift, February 2010

Friday, 22 January 2010

Part Two

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Now featuring a 'Michael Bleach' soundtrack

Your Torch is Burning Brightly... (2008)

Your Torch is Burning Brightly... was a project by Emma Leach that I was involved in. It was part of a week of live art at the Chelsea Space called Temporary Agencies, curated by Sonya Dyer.

I played the role of inside informer in the college, recruting others and arranging spaces for meetings. This lead to a live event at which myself and the other students were both the gallery attendants, guarding the work, and the work itself. There was nothing else there. There's more about the project here and Emma's extended statement about it can be found here.

This was an odd and interesting experience. It seemed like it would be a fairly quiet affair until we started receiving abuse from recent Chelsea graduate and perfomance artist Ian Giles. At this point Oscar and I were forced to physically remove him from the space.