We Are Publication is a research group based at Kingston School of Art’s Contemporary Art Research Centre which seeks to test out innovative forms of contemporary art publishing. The group consists of a fluctuating number of staff and current and past research students, brought together by a shared sense of experimentation and the possibilities inherent in collaboratively conducted research. To date the group have produced speculative publications in the form of a launch event (ICA, London, 2015), a 5 minute video (Stanley Picker Gallery, 2015), the 60 minute radio broadcast Diagram of an Hour (Resonance FM, London, 2016) and a vinyl record documenting the broadcast event (Curved Pressing, 2017). We Are Publication‘s latest project, Notes on a Carpet has taken the shape of a rug presented alongside a series of readings and performances at Five Years, London in April and at Black Tower Projects, London in June 2018. We Are Publication took part in the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery in September 2018 and will present Notes on a Carpet at Pratt Institute, New York in February 2019.
We Are Publication will take up a one-day residency at Focal Point Gallery’s Unit Twenty-One on the 17th October 2018. During this time the group will produce an experimental and speculative publication; the shape and form of which will be determined on the day and presented to the public from 4-6pm.
17 October 2018, 4-6pm
Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EH
We Are Publication will be sharing a table space at the Book Fair with artist-led record label and publishing imprint Oh (John Lawrence/Mat Jenner).
We Are Publication will be presenting a new version of Notes on a Carpet featuring the Diagram of an Hour double album.
We Are Publication’s latest project, Notes on a Carpet has taken the shape of a rug presented alongside a series of readings and performances at Five Years and Black Tower Projects in April and June 2018 respectively. The group are currently working on a presentation for Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea in October 2018 and will show Notes on a Carpet at Pratt Institute, New York in February 2019.
Saturday 7 April 2018 2–6 pm (live events and video stream from 3pm)
Five Years, Unit 2B1, Boothby Road, Archway, N19 4AJ
Part home-furnishing, part-collage, Notes on a Carpet is the latest collaborative iteration of We Are Publication, a contemporary art research group based at Kingston University, London. At Five Years, a luxurious hand-tufted floor carpet stages underfoot the research concerns of the group’s current contributors. How can the mutability of textiles foster individual critical interests as collective representation? This question attempts to embed the conventions of publishing i.e.,contributors, editors, printers, alongside live aspects of performance and theatre, allowing the carpet to function as magazine, as stage, and as a record recounting the groups’ own sense of shared play and experimentation.
Performance running order:
Mind to Mind & How, 1951, Austin Osman Spare (extract) – Jonathan Allen
A Machine Chamber in 4 parts, part 1 – John Hughes
Bergman’s House – Jenna Collins
A Machine Chamber in 4 parts, part 2
Pastiche by Gareth Jones
Le Gai Savoir, 1969 Jean-Luc Godard (extract) – Jenna Collins
Your Singing Eyes and Fingers (after Elizabeth Frasers Song to The Siren, 1983) – Rachel Cattle
A Machine Chamber in 4 parts, parts 3 + 4 /Lift Safety Devices, 1928 (extract)
+ Carpet Bodies, augmented reality app – Daniel Shanken (throughout)
Carpet constructed by Christian Newby
Vinyl record by We Are Publication
Launch at Cubitt’s studio 5, 6pm -8pm, 4th July 2017.
8 Angel Mews, Islington, London N1 9HH
Diagram of an Hour is a 60 minute radio broadcast first aired at 11am on the19th of June, 2015 as part of the Modulations series on Resonance 104.4 fm. Proceeding from a diagram of an hour on paper, the sound work was produced and assembled by We Are Publication, a collaboration between researchers in the Centre for Useless Splendour at Kingston University, with contributions from; Jonathan Allen, Anat Ben-David, Rachel Cattle, Lucy Coggle, Jenna Collins, Cullinan Richards, Volker Eichelmann, Dean Kenning / Maria Yashchanka, Katie Macleod, Andrea Stokes, Stine Ljungdahl and Roman Vasseur
This record documents the broadcast in 15 minute segments as it was received in several places, as well as the final section of the original composition.
A Side. Stream (repeat) recorded London, UK. 21/07/15 16:45:00
B Side. Stream (live) recorded Visby, Sweden, 19/06/15. 12:00:05
A Side. Broadcast (104.4 FM) recorded London, UK. 19/06/15. 11:00:00
B Side. Master, produced and compiled London, 2015.
Recordings of broadcasts made by Jenna Collins and Andrea Stokes, compiled by Jenna Collins, cover by Daniel Shanken, supported by the Contemporary Art Research Centre, Kingston University. 2017.
Diagram of an Hour- Scoring, Composition, Publication
In this programme, We Are Publication, the Fine Art Research Group at Kingston University, score an hour into seventeen discrete sections of various lengths, according to a prescribed notation.
This programme was made by We Are Publication Research Group at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Kingston University London: Jonathan Allen, Anat Ben‐David, Rachel Cattle, Jenna Collins, Lucy Coogle, Volker Eichelmann, Dean Kenning, Stine Ljungdalh, Katy Macleod, David Panos, Cullinan Richards, Andrea Stokes, Charlie Tweed, Roman Vasseur, Martin Westwood and Esther Windsor. Edited by Jenna Collins.
It was first broadcast on Friday 19 June 2015 as part of the first series of Modulations: Broadcasting Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, on Resonance 104.4fm.
Experiments elaborated intensive collaborative studio workshop props words object text image performance imagine the edit. We are sequence we are movement we are cut up we are reel.
01:22 extract of 05:00
A video presentation by Kingston’s Fine Art PhD research group ‘We Are Publication’ with contributions from Jonathan Allen, Anat Ben-David, Rachel Cattle, Jenna Collins, Lucy Coogle, Volker Eichelmann, Dean Kenning, Stine Ljungdalh, Katy Macleod, Cullinan Richards, Andrea Stokes, Charlie Tweed, Roman Vasseur and Esther Windsor. Edited by David Panos.
Kingston’s Contemporary Art Research Centre presents
an evening a series of events with publishing as it’s focus on and around publishing.
It’s hubris, hu… bris. We know about the dangers. That you might think it meaningless. That if nothing much happens you will give it up. And that if his magic trick doesn’t quite work you will feel shortchanged. She says people shouldn’t take these things for granted. She says it can exist just as well this way. We insist on serving up the scraps. We insist on second thoughts. Then we can stop and think of the other things – the emperor, the ink, the blindfold. Because it’s not supposed to end properly.
Ex libris – Volker Eichelmann
Bookmark – Stine Ljungdalh
Torn page – Rachel Cattle
Coffee stain – Martin Westwood
Folded corner – Jonathan Allen
Marginalia – Audrey Reynolds
Crease – Anat Ben David
Organised by Rachel Cattle and Jonathan Allen.
Presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 2014.