In 2012 I was contacted by four students from the Gutenburg School in Frankfurt – they were creating a student project around the idea of discarded books and wanted to include images of my work in their project. I agreed. Since then the project has snowballed and even attracted a publisher so that now “Book Up!” has been released (Frech Verlag, 2015). It is a manual full of ideas of what to do with old books. I have been included in the “Artists” section alongside perennial favourites Brian Dettmer and Robert The, amongst others. Thanks and congratulations to Bianca Hauert, Vanessa Morawitz, Sandra Pätkau and Anna Walach for such a successful project!
During 2013, filmmaker Antony Barkworth-Knight made a documentary about my work.
Antony came to see me in my space at Rogue Studios on a weekly basis, as well as filming various exhibitions round the country. The result is “Knowledge in Time” and extracts from it can be viewed here.
Many thanks to Antony for his hard work and patience… watch this space for Part 2 which is currently in production!
Book Destruction from the Medieval to the Contemporary
eds. Gillian Partington, Adam Smyth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
I am delighted to be included in this new book (Chapter 10 – Kindle: Recycling and the Future of the Book. An Interview with Nicola Dale). Many thanks to Gill and Adam for asking good questions (and sorry I missed the edible books)!
About this publication: The book is a common, everyday object, yet its destruction has become overloaded with potent symbolism. ‘Book burning’ has become a shorthand for barbarism, philistinism and intolerance. But is there another story to be told here, which is lost amid the overheated rhetoric and knee-jerk responses? Book Destruction, a collection of essays by scholars and interviews with artists, approaches the fraught topic from a new angle. It sets such dominant attitudes and platitudes alongside an important but occluded counter-narrative, addressing the cutting, burning, pulping, defacing and tearing of books from the medieval period to our own age. What are the motivations and reasons for these acts, and what cultural meanings have been attached to them? How does destruction relate to recycling, reuse, to collage and quotation? When do acts of destruction become moments of creativity? A surprising new picture emerges of a wide range of practices, undertaken in diverse contexts and for different ends.
The Writing on the Wall
Belfry Arts Centre, Norfolk
15-27 August 2014
The Writing on the Wall brings together the work of five artists (Andrea Booker, Sarah Bridgland, Nicola Dale, Sarah Simpkin and Cherry Tenneson) who use text as a point of inspiration. The artists have freed a variety of texts from the usual confines of punctuation, page, book, sign or institution to create work that proposes an alternative way of reading them.
Opening hours: 11am – 4pm
Talk: 7pm, 15 August
Workshops: 15 Aug 10.30 – 1.00pm; 16 Aug 2.00 – 4.30pm
Mon 4 August – Fri 8 August
I’m doing a week of FREE paper sculpture drop-in sessions at the Forum. People of all ages and abilities are welcome. Paper, scissors and refreshments will be provided.
All the work you create will be showcased at Victoria Baths in Manchester to accompany Home’s spectacular production of Romeo and Juliet. If you’ve never had your artwork in a professional exhibition before, this is your chance!
If you would like more information, email email@example.com or call 0161 200 1533.
Following my recent residency, I’ll be back at YSP this Friday. I’ll be in the Bothy Gallery showing works in progress and chatting to visitors about what inspired me during my time at the National Arts Education Archive (NAEA). There will be some small exercises to try too…
Hope to see you there!
I will be presenting at this invitational workshop which approaches the themes of ‘Perversions of Paper’ specifically from the perspective of contemporary arts and creative practice. It brings together invited participants from a range of different practices, each of whom focus in different ways on the use, reuse and misuse of the page in a creative context.
There will be a series of presentations, followed by comments and a round table discussion. The aim of this workshop is to generate a genuinely cross-disciplinary conversation about the book. What might recent experiments with the book’s form say about its status in the digital era? Is a fascination with its physical mutations indicative of a cultural change? Is the book turning into a new kind of object?
For further information, please visit: perversionsofpaper