We make history obvious.
Close and Remote are Sophie Mellor and
We have an ongoing practice that responds to history as a dynamic form of representation. We like to work with the everyday, marginal or peripheral as starting points, making artworks that are formed from observations of public places and events. In our recent work we are dealing with the emerging issue of the exponential growth of data, the process of archiving and the idea of landscape as database. Recently we have worked in a number of locations where the history of a place has been played back into itself. Working with small groups of people, historical information is reprocessed, such as with ZONE and Lost Characters.
Close and Remote work with an informal set of understandings that inform our practice and process:
• The obvious is always present
• The edge of a situation has value
• There is no such thing as content
• Lifestyles are not defined only by technologies
• Uncertainty is preferable over innovation
• Aesthetics contain cultural currency and agency
Recent interests include Andrei Tarkovsky’s film ‘Stalker’, #thenewnormal, The Outer Limits, Althea and Donna, Giambattista Vico and Trafalgar Square.
Over the coming months we’re going to upload various open source documents on a range of subjects, in the spirt of transferring some of the knowledge Close and Remote have amassed whilst working on a range of projects.
Download “Playing Nicely – How To Work With Artists And How Artists Work With You” (2018)
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