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.

Artworks

PlayThing

2017
3D printed photopolymer resin, buckram cloth covered box with blind debossing
11x7x7cm

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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...

2012
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...

2007
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...

2010-12
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.

2008
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...

2012
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

2017    
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

2016    
Telephone Without a Wire, Universidade de Coimbra, Colègio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal            
Spontaneous City: Hoxton, PEER Gallery, London, UK            

2015    
Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2013    
Null Object: Gustav Metzger Thinks about Nothing, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK  

2012    
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            

2011    
Monarchy, SVA Gallery, Ashford, UK            

2010    
Spontaneous City, UP Projects, London, UK            

2009    
Super Kingdom, Stour Valley Arts, Kings Wood, Kent, UK            

2007    
Hibernator, Beaconsfield, London, UK            

2005    
Little Earth, Wapping Project, London, UK

2002    
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

1999    
Syzgy, ICA, London;
Syrgy, @Bristol, Bristol, UK

1998    
Gastarbyter, ICA, London, UK


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017    
Rrevolução, Universidade de Coimbra, Colègio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal

2015    
Are We Sufficiently Bored?, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, USA

2014    
The Negligent Eye, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Paradise, Trust New Art, Bristol, UK
Castles in the Air, Sypestyn, Loosdrecht, Netherlands
Like a Bird, Tranzit.ro, Bucharest, Romania

2013    
Like a Bird, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Tropixel Festival, Ubatuba, Brazil

2012    
Mobile Republic, Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Various sites, UK
Poetry, Language, Code, Visualise Summer Exhibition, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK    

2011    
The Charter of the Forest, The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK
Laboratory Life, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong

2010    
Artist’s Airshow, Highland Institute of Contemporary Arts, Inverness, UK

2009    
Polar Expeditions, Verbeke Foundation, Belgium

2006    
Space Soon, The Roundhouse, London, UK

2005    
Science Museum Art Project 5: Big Ideas, Dana Centre, London, UK


Other Projects

2017    
The Smell of Ink, artists film screened at ZKM, Karlsruhe as part of Hansjörg Mayer: The Smell of Ink, within the series Poetic Expansions.    

2016    
Remember Nature, point d'ironie no.58, in collaboration with Gustav Metzger, international distribution.

2014    
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.

2013    
Spontaneous City, a permanent 20m high sculptural installation commissioned by Rei Kawakubo for Dover Street Market, New York, USA.                                                        


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