Frieze or Faculty?

This piece, written for Guardian professional, appeared on Photograph: Johnny Green/PA   Six weeks ago, an unusual request landed in my inbox. A Swiss-French filmmaker I’d not heard of before, Benoît Rossel, emailed me out of the blue to say he was looking for a London-based character-cum-situation hunter to assist him with a documentary film about artists. Someone close to the wheels of power in the art world, who, like me, had participated in Tino Sehgal’s These Associations at Tate Modern last year, had recommended me for the job. Since leaving a full-time, secure position as a university lecturer … Continue reading Frieze or Faculty?

Conversation Pieces

This account of taking part in Tino Sehgal’s These associations appeared in frieze. Tino Sehgal, These associations, 2012, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, illustration by courtroom artist Priscilla Coleman Four weeks into Tino Sehgal’s These associations at Tate Modern, a man came up to me in front of Liverpool Street Station in London and said: ‘Haven’t we talked together in the Turbine Hall?’ He looked vaguely familiar. ‘It’s not impossible,’ I replied. ‘Shall we pursue our conversation?’ he asked, playfully. Before I could think of an answer, he was gone. As one of the participants in Sehgal’s piece – the … Continue reading Conversation Pieces