Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene, eds. Alexandra Toland, Jay Noller & Gerd Wessoleck, CRC Press, November 2018
I am pleased to jointly publish a chapter, with Sam Illingworth and Matt Girling in this new collection: “an investigation of the cultural meanings, representations, and values of soil in a time of planetary change… critical reflections on some of the most challenging environmental problems of our time, including land take, groundwater pollution, desertification, and biodiversity loss. The book celebrates different disciplinary perspectives in a collection of dialogue texts between artists and scientists, interviews by the editors and invited curators, essays and poems by earth scientists and humanities scholars, soil recipes, maps, and DIY experiments. With contributions from over 100 internationally renowned researchers and practitioners, Field to Palette presents a set of visual methodologies and worldviews that expand our understanding of soil and encourage readers to develop their own interpretations of the ground beneath our feet.”
Treblinka: Archaeological Investigations & Artistic Responses (2016), eds. Caroline Sturdy Colls & Michael Branthwaite, Stoke: Centre of Archaeology Special Issue, ISBN 9781534632295
Between 800,000 and 1 million people lost their lives at Treblinka extermination camp during the Holocaust. A further 10,00 perished in the nearby labour camp as a result of the Nazi death through work policy and ad hoc executions. Since 2007 both camps have been the subject of forensic archaeological research by Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls, to reveal new insights into the nature and extent of Nazi persecution.
This book presents the major findings, which included the discovery of the gas chambers, personal effects of victims, and mass graves. It also includes artistic response to these findings, curated by Michael Branthwaite and commissioned as part of the international exhibition Finding Treblinka. Featuring new artworks by Michael Branthwaite, Dave Griffiths, Janine Goldsworthy, Hilary Jack and Jenny Steele, this opened at the Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom in Treblinka, Poland in August 2015 and the Wiener Library in London, UK in June 2016.
Cornerhouse, 26 September 2013, 6pm, free
“Join us for the launch of a new Cornerhouse publication exploring new possibilities of collage using material gleaned from cinema’s near endless supply of imagery. Misdirect Movies is a touring exhibition featuring Andrew Bracey, Cathy Lomax, Dave Griffiths, David Reed, Elizabeth McAlpine, John Rimmer and Rosa Barba.
This beautifully illustrated publication is designed by Mike Carney and features newly commissioned texts by writers from cinema, art and literature: Jaimie Baron, Andrew Bracey, Sam George, Sir Christopher Frayling, John Rimmer and Maria Walsh.
Five text-dots on the Jazz-age life and death of symbolist poet Harry Crosby, and his nihilistic obsession with black sun imagery. Made for the Kindle edition of The Dark Would: Language Art Anthology, edited by Philip Davenport, published by Apple Pie Editions.
Southbank Poetry Library, London 6 February 2013, 8-9.30pm, free
A new, pioneering anthology of text artists and poets. Material from both volumes will be shown and there will be a set of readings and a panel discussion by artists and poets. Chairing the discussion are THE DARK WOULD editor Philip Davenport, poet Carol Watts and artist Liz Collini. Readings of commissioned pieces by Tim Atkins and Rebecca Cremin with Ryan Ormonde.
THE DARK WOULD features work by over 100 contributors including Richard Long, Fiona Banner, Maggie O’ Sullivan, Tacita Dean, Dave Griffiths, Ron Silliman, Shin Tanabe, Marton Koppany, Tsang Kin-Wah, Charles Bernstein, Susan Hiller, Tony Lopez, Caroline Bergvall, Sarah Sanders, Kay Rosen, Robert Grenier and many, many more
THE DARK WOULD comes in two volumes, one paper and one virtual, published by Apple Pie Editions. The book retails at £29.99 for both paper and electronic volumes together and is available from Amazon, Apple Pie Editions (distributed by KFS) the Tate and LMAKprojects in New York.