Simon Faithfull is an English artist based in Berlin. His practice combines video, digital drawing, writing and performance and has been described as an attempt to understand, to test and to explore the planet as a sculptural object. His film Going Nowhere 1.5 features in our newest group exhibition Where to Stand in the Wind at East Carlton Countryside Park.
In this episode, Simon is in discussion with Yasmin Canvin, the freelance curator responsible for this exhibition, as well as exhibitions in galleries and public spaces across England. We hear more about his influences, how Going Nowhere 1.5 accidentally became part a trilogy, and the dark humour of Sisyphus.
This episode of the Fermynwoods Podcast is supported by Arts Council England and by a grant from Localgiving and Postcode Places Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
A transcript of this episode is available here.
Works referenced in this episode:
By Simon Faithfull:
- Going Nowhere 1.5, HD video (silent), 9min, 2016
- Going Nowhere 2, HD video (silent), 5min 2011
- Going Nowhere 1, cVHS transferred to DVD, 7min 1995
- 0º00 Navigation Part I: A Journey Across England, Super8 transferred to SD video (silent), 51min, 2009
- 0º00 Navigation Part II: A Journey Across Europe and Africa, 80 digital photographs in slide-show projection, 2015
- REEF, HD Video, 9min 2014
- LOST, bookwork and dissemination
- One Week, short film written and directed by Buster Keaton and Edward F. Cline, 1920
- Happy Days, play by Samuel Beckett, 1961
Simon Faithfull’s wide-ranging practice is well known internationally and his artworks are represented in many public collections including the Pompidou Centre, France and The Government Art Collection, UK. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at Galerie Polaris, Paris, Naturkunde Museum in Berlin, and The Exchange in Penzance, UK. Faithfull also teaches at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.
Yasmin Canvin is a Freelance Curator, and has curated exhibitions in galleries such as the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery and Angel Row Gallery, and also in public spaces across Northamptonshire, including Lyveden New Bield, Fermyn Woods and The Corby Cube.