London Fieldworks

London fieldworks, formed in 2000 by artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson is a collaborative practice working across social engagement, installation, architecture, video and animation, situating works both in the gallery and the landscape. Looking for and thinking about correspondences between landscape and imagination has led to an interest in the idea of fieldwork as artistic practice. Projects have been developed in remote sites such as Northeast Greenland, the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest and East Iceland as a way of generating material through an open-ended, extempore, creative enquiry based on people, things and phenomena rooted in a particular place. Subsequent multi-media projects have created speculative works of fiction out of a mix of ecological, scientific and pop-cultural narratives, exploring themes of suspended animation, technology, fantasy and death.



3D printed photopolymer resin, buckram cloth covered box with blind debossing

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Toying with the idea of luxury goods and a concept of nothing as a productive category within the context of the attention economy, PlayThing is the product of an ongoing interest in distraction, machine automation and human automaticity. For the making of PlayThing, a small manipulated clay form was initially...

robotically carved Portland stone, plaster-based 3D printed objects, bespoke software

Neurophysiology, psychophysics and manufacturing technology are linked in the production of a sculptural object. Using bespoke software, a 3D shape is derived from EEG readings of Gustav Metzger’s brain activity as he attempted to think about nothing. This...

animatronic robot, prosthetics, environmental sensors, bespoke software

An animatronic robot in a green-screen studio is used to produce an animated film in weekly episodes. Exploring themes of hibernation, the cryonics movement and the urban myth around the death of Walt Disney, the project embodies the contradictory narratives of...

CNC manufactured birch ply, rubber, steel

A series of sculptural installations, reflecting the forms of the surrounding architecture, and mounted in trees in urban green spaces, provide bespoke nesting sites for several hundred birds and their families.

birch ply, electroplated steel, rubber, untreated steel

An installation of 'animal show homes' based on the architecture of despots' palaces.

It reflects both human and animal hierarchy as territorial relationship to landscape, and is informed by the displacement of animals as a consequence of urban development and environmental...

wood, steel, printed vinyl, brass

A regency style observation platform, complete with chaise longue, mounted in a tree at Clumber House in Nottinghamshire. Referencing a previous occupants failed attempt to domesticate an Indian Leopard as part of his menagerie.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Revolução, Universidade de Coimbra, Colègio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal        
Assembly Lines, Prospect East, Stratford, London, UK            
Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Scotland
Parallel Development 2, Future City, Cambridge, UK               

Solo Exhibitions

Telephone Without a Wire, Universidade de Coimbra, Colègio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal            
Spontaneous City: Hoxton, PEER Gallery, London, UK            

Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

Null Object: Gustav Metzger Thinks about Nothing, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK  

The Leopard, The National Trust, Clumber Park, UK            
Null Object: Gustav Metzger Thinks about Nothing, WORK Gallery, London, UK
Rain Prophets, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK            

Monarchy, SVA Gallery, Ashford, UK            

Spontaneous City, UP Projects, London, UK            

Super Kingdom, Stour Valley Arts, Kings Wood, Kent, UK            

Hibernator, Beaconsfield, London, UK            

Little Earth, Wapping Project, London, UK

Naked Light: The Eye is Not the Thing that Sees, The Lab, San Francisco, USA    
Polaria, Wapping Project, London, UK
Polaria/Gastarbyter, CCA, Glasgow
Polaria/Gastarbyter, NGCA, Sunderland, UK

Syzgy, ICA, London;
Syrgy, @Bristol, Bristol, UK

Gastarbyter, ICA, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

Rrevolução, Universidade de Coimbra, Colègio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal

Are We Sufficiently Bored?, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, USA

The Negligent Eye, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Paradise, Trust New Art, Bristol, UK
Castles in the Air, Sypestyn, Loosdrecht, Netherlands
Like a Bird,, Bucharest, Romania

Like a Bird, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Tropixel Festival, Ubatuba, Brazil

Mobile Republic, Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Various sites, UK
Poetry, Language, Code, Visualise Summer Exhibition, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK    

The Charter of the Forest, The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK
Laboratory Life, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong

Artist’s Airshow, Highland Institute of Contemporary Arts, Inverness, UK

Polar Expeditions, Verbeke Foundation, Belgium

Space Soon, The Roundhouse, London, UK

Science Museum Art Project 5: Big Ideas, Dana Centre, London, UK

Other Projects

The Smell of Ink, artists film screened at ZKM, Karlsruhe as part of Hansjörg Mayer: The Smell of Ink, within the series Poetic Expansions.    

Remember Nature, point d'ironie no.58, in collaboration with Gustav Metzger, international distribution.

Biofiction, screening of artist film THE PUBLIC MISUNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE, Linz, Vienna, Nijmegen, Tokyo.
Remote Performances, radio and sound-art project broadcast from artist treehouse studio, Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Scotland.

Spontaneous City, a permanent 20m high sculptural installation commissioned by Rei Kawakubo for Dover Street Market, New York, USA.