These were included in the Florence Trust Summer Show 2014 as part of the end of my year-long residency.

The drawings are  made with ink on paper. All the images come from Mass Observation archive diaries from 1937 – from people that lived here in London then. Some of the drawings portray a whole sentence or paragraph while some may be just an isolated spot – kind of like looking at the mark through a microscope.

Florence Trust Summer Show

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Two essays from the catalogue for both exhibitions General title given by myself  and  A day of continual irritation for myself

Ghosts in the Archive by writer David Buuck

Domesticated  by writer/curator Esther Windsor

 

Installation images from Five Years Gallery exhibition A day of continual irritation for myself

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A day of continual irritation for myself*
SE Barnet, co-organized with Sally Morfill

7 December – 15 December 2013
Preview: Friday 6 December 6-9pm

There will be an Open Conversation on 7 December from 3pm

Five Years Gallery, 66 Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, E8 4QN
http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/

The second in a series of two exhibitions on making marks and meaning, offering a look at an early complicit engagement with surveillance and diaristic self-exposure, and its resultant surfeit material.

A day of continual irritation for myself* presents a filmed performance of team proof-reading based on materials from the Mass Observation archive. Part of a larger project involving a number of activities, (from extensive transcription to the creation of drawings, through scripts for performance and film to daily tweets) it employs these materials towards re-appropriation and détournement. The project offers a look at an early complicit engagement with surveillance and diaristic self-exposure, with its resultant surfeit material.

This second in a series of two exhibitions on making marks and meaning, follows on from the transcribing, copy-editing and proof-reading performative activity begun during the exhibition General title given by myself at Five Years Gallery in July 2013. Here, the proof-readers are enacted by Mexican artist Fernando León-Guiu and writer France León. The pair are based on a couple well known throughout the publishing world for their facility and formality.

The starting point for all this activity comes from the Day Surveys of 1937-1939 from the Mass Observation archive. This British movement begun in the early 20thcentury, aimed to create ‘an anthropology of ourselves’ by recording everyday life in Britain through a panel of untrained volunteer observers who either maintained diaries or replied to open-ended questionnaires. These observers acted as recorders, attempting to capture the details of their own everyday lives and the lives of those around them.

* This line of text comes from the Day Survey of an unidentified contributor of 12th March, 1937

 

Open Conversation

In response to questions raised by Marking Language, currently at the Drawing Room, and General title given by myself, at Five Years last July 2013, Barnet and Morfill offer an open Conversation engaged with the look of words and the meaning of marks.

Please join artist/organizers SE Barnet and Sally Morfill in an Open Conversation at Five Years Gallery on Saturday 7 December from 3pm.

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November 24, 2013

The amazing Fernando León-Guiu and France Leon filmed team proof-reading a transcribed day diary from the Mass Observation archive. Extraordinary camera work from Michelle Deignan!SONY DSCMOfilmstills03 MOfilmstills02 

from Five Years Gallery in London July 6-14

Documentation of Transcribing, Editing and team Proof-reading texts from the 1937-38 Mass Observation archive. The Day Surveys selected are from contributors who worked with text daily; translators, transcribers, typists, clerks, journalists, etc. As part of a contemporary archive, contributions from a call made in 2012, on the 75th anniversary of Mass Observation’s first publication,were on display.

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* This line of text comes from the Day Survey of J. Axton on 12th August, 1937

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The exhibition of General title given by myself* offers a look at the production of text towards its dissemination into the public sphere. Throughout the duration of this exhibition activities of Transcribing, Editing, and Proof-reading will be performed in the space of the gallery. These are removed from the contemporary arena of the digital age and executed through techniques from the early 20th century to coincide with the source-work.

The starting point for all this activity comes from the Day Surveys of 1937-1939 from the Mass Observation archive. These day-long diaries describe in detail the everyday lives of self-selecting correspondents who contributed the documents to the collection. Within the archive, their words became pictures as they were scanned for digital presentation. The result of the activity within General title given by myself returns these pictures of words back into marks on a page.

* This line of text comes from the Day Survey of J. Axton on 12th August, 1937

photo by Kaz from his exhibition floating world

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On 15 June, 2013, from 12 – 6pm I read an essay from Allan Kaprow’s  Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life selected to coincide with the initial installation Always Untitled by Kaz from his exhibition floating world

photo by Kaz

photo by Kaz

On 29 June, 2013, from 12 – 6pm I read from The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, a book discovered in the UC Irvine locker of Bas Jan Ader after his disappearance at sea, and also a subject of the Tacita Dean series of art works collectively entitled Disappearance at Sea. This text was selected to coincide with the second installation at floating world including Coming and Going and Nozomi, both by Kaz

photo by Kaz

photo by Kaz

On 6 July, 2013,  from 12 – 6pm I read text from a slide presentation given in 1972 by Robert Smithson on his visit to the Hotel Palenque. This text was read to coincide with the installation Untitled (494) by Kaz and an installation of works by Stefano W. Pasquini’s.

photo by Kaz

photo by Kaz

Read more about floating world here: http://www.kaznet.org/floating_world/index.html

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