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We Are The Artists was a quarterly journal published in a broad sheet format and distributed globally. The project was the brainchild of Oliver Keilmeyer, a Swiss curator working out of Zurich. Selected artists were given the brief to report, "warts and all" about their experineces and observations as artists. I enthusiastically participated in this project from it's launch in 2003 until 2007, relishing the opportunity to explore the free association of my experiences. I tried to make the articles both insightful and humourous. I had no idea that I might actually be shooting myself in the foot. These articles are archived here, uncut. Eventually I had to stop contributing as I realised that the more honest I became in the retelling of my observations the more my career would stall. Everyone has got to eat and I was never paid for my contributions.
 

On the 11th March 2011, the north east of Japan was struck by its largest recorded earthquake. The subsequent tsunami caused immense devistation. I was in Japan at the time and both my wife and I became involved in the support of displaced people after we visaited the coast to search for friends of ours.

There is a 35 minute documentary that came out of that inital first trip to the coast on the 18th March. It can be viewed here. During those early days we started a grass roots support group, which was eventually wound down 18 months later. The follow texts were uploaded to my website in the first few weeks, to help those, with an interest in our situation, to understand our position.

 

There are only two texts here.

 

One was written as the catalogue text for the group exhibition IIMAWASHI: Contemporary Art From Japan, which I researched and curated for Gallery Merz and featured in the first Edinburgh Arts festival, part of the Edinburgh International Festival of events in August 2005.

 

The second text was written to accompany the work i presented during the Art`Tsuchizawa biennale exhibition in Iwate, Japan in 2009.

 

Having been awarded a Go and See bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company I was asked to write a review of one or more shows during the 56th Venice Biennale. The article was uploaded to their reviews section and is available there to read.

Alternatively you can read the review here, with additional images taken during my time at the biennale. Again I tried to make the article both insightful and humourous. I was also careful not to shoot myself in the foot this time!

 

 

 

 

 

 
    We Are The Artists: Issue 1   Earthquake blog and info   iimawashi: Contemporary Art from Japan   The Fall of the Rebel Angels  
    We Are The Artists: Issue 2   Trip to Kamaishi and Ofunato          
    We Are The Artists: Issue 3   Trip to south Ofunato   Art@Tsuchizawa (English).      
    We Are The Artists: Issue 4   Trip to Otsuchi          
    We Are The Artists: Issue 7   Support group report   Art@Tsuchizawa (Japanese).      
    We Are The Artists: Issue 8              
    We Are The Artists: Issue 9              
    We Are The Artists: Issue 11              
    We Are The Artists: Issue 12              

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