Jonathan Trayner

Jonathan’s work explores the relationship between, technology, image, and political subjectivity. His work is performative and driven by a thread of serious research that is played off against the surreal and the ridiculous. This is a response to what he sees as an unresolved issue within art, of it being both a philosophical investigation into the structure of culture(s), and a form of gratification as either spectacle or fetishised object. One of his key sources of inspiration is The Twelve Articles of the Upper Swabian Peasants, a political manifesto from the German Peasants’ War of 1525 and one of the first secular manifestoes to receive widespread, print-based distribution, through which the peasantry presented their political desires in their own words and images.

Artworks

Omnia Sunt Communia

2017
linocut
21x16cm

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Omnia sunt communia – everything belongs to everyone – was a slogan attributed to the radical preacher Thomas Müntzer. Müntzer was one of the intellectual leaders of the German Peasants' War of 1525, an uprising that attempted to carry through the radical idea of emancipating the population from both their feudal...

2012
video, 20mins

A performance for video showing an early morning ritual.  The area round the fire pit is cleared of the night's detritus and swept, after which the performer returns to enact a dance. The costume worn is from a continuation of performance works exploring the Horned God...

2014
performance

A performance lecture exploring the idea that Vladimir Putin is the premier artist of the Russian people and that he draws his shamanic power from the interactions with the animals that he is often photographed with. The work considers the relationship between power and visual representation in...

2014-15
multiple woodcuts

These prints accompany the performance, Vladimir Putin; Master of Animals, and all the animals depicted have been photographed with Putin. The intention of the prints is to recapture and transfer Putin's charismatic aura. The animals are selected from an interlocking puzzle of interchangeable components that are...

2017
performance with speaker, amplifier, aluminium, microphone stand

The initial component of an opera for robots. Based on the 1925 play Thomas Münzer by the German playwright Berta Lask, it is an attempt to create a voice for the voiceless machines, and a presage of the future of automatic...

Solo Exhibitions

2016    
V.D.M.I.Æ. Casual Listening, London

2012    
Temporary Autonomous Zone, Construction Gallery, London

2008    
The Ten Thousand Questions, University of the Arts, London


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017    
Seasons, Maxilla Space, London
Seven Hour Render, Thames Tower, Reading

2016    
How to Read: Writing Groups, Five Years, London

2015    
Guerrilla Sculpture Park, Tremolo Projects, London
The Protagonists, NIASH, Hastings

2014    
The Centre for Remote Possibilities, Matt’s Gallery, London
Radioscopie: Medium as Metaphor, KARST, Plymouth

2013    
Centenarians, ASC Projects, London Century City, ESA Showspace, London

2012    
Exercises with Five Years, Tate Modern, London
Die weiße Residenz, Gemeinschaftshaus Gropiusstadt, Berlin

2011    
Communist Gallery Television, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich

2010    
Supermarket, Kulturhuset, Stockholm Market Estate Project, London

2009    
Peking Duck or Video in Time of Crisis, Videoholica, Varna, Bulgaria

2009    
Viking Mountain Funeral, The Celestial Suitcase, New York

2008    
In Reality & Fiction, Espaço Polivalente, Lisbon
Art is not Mute, HIT, Gothenburg, Sweden


Publication Based Artworks

2016    
How to Read: Writing Groups. How to Write: Reading Groups, Five Years London

2014    
This is not Public, Five Years, London

2013    
Cabin Call, Publication Studios, Vancouver, Canada (Im)possible School Book: As Found, Five Years, London

2010    
Propeller Island 3: The Gossipy Guide, Propellor Island, London 


Other Projects

2008-2013
Regular contributor to the Communist Gallery and Propeller Island performance and screening events

2008-2013
Involved with post-education Free School group.


Residencies

2017    
Silchester Roman site, Fine Art and Archaeology dept. project, Hampshire

2014    
Downstairs Residency Programme, Great Brampton House, Herefordshire

2012    
Corbin Union Residency, British Columbia, Canada ACE Artists International Development Fund

2010    
Sandarbh, Partapur, India Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt, Berlin CRIR, Christiania, Copenhagen


http://www.trayner.org