Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan

A programme of events in conjunction with Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan’s Studio Voltaire offsite commission, DOES THE IT STICK, at Bloomberg SPACE, by artists Will Holder & Chris Evans and Fiona Jardine, as well as a series of tours of the Bloomberg offices.

Tatham & O’Sullivan have worked collaboratively since 1995, creating works that are choreographed situations; using objects, text, images and performance to consider and critique the status, value and role of contemporary art. These works are made directly in response to the situations within which the artists are invited to work, whilst maintaining and acknowledging the artists’ roles as ambivalent outsiders. Recent works have considered, in particular, how contemporary art can be expected to function in an instrumentalised role in relation to the diverse agendas of both the public and commercial realms. Their works often use text in performed, spoken or published form with, in many ways, their sculptures acting as necessary foils within these wider configurations.

For their Studio Voltaire commission at Bloomberg SPACE, Tatham & O’Sullivan will develop a work that engages both with the site of Bloomberg and the context of the commission. This new work will transpose DOES THE IT FIT, a project produced in response to Stephenson Works, a regeneration site in Newcastle-upon Tyne, to Bloomberg in London. Tatham & O’Sullivan have developed this strategy through a six-week production residency at Studio Voltaire, producing a single work involving multiple elements, which react with and respond to Bloomberg’s corporate identity. Using discursive lines of enquiry, Tatham & O’Sullivan will explore and challenge the conventions of architecture and space, the sharing of information and its value, and the constructs of the gallery space, as well as the wider corporate model.

The commission will include artworks by Gary Webb and Tobias Rehberger that were previously produced by Bloomberg’s commissioning programme.


Waste Not Want It, Tour with Sigrid Kirk – Friday 15 May 2014, 6.30–8pm
Sigrid Kirk, Director and Co-founder of curatorial and cultural production agency Arts Co will lead a tour of works commissioned as part of Bloomberg’s Waste Not Want It programme. Waste Not Want It provides a platform for some of the UK’s most dynamic designers and brings innovative ideas about recycling into Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London. Twenty-six artists and designers have created work in the office to date. Commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropy LP the installations include lighting, decorative wall panels, seating and meeting areas for daily use by the 2,500 employees in the building. Arts Co are curators of the Waste Not Want It commissions. They develop bespoke cultural projects such as art and design exhibitions, artist in residence programmes, theatre projects, film programmes, fashion insight programmes and a range of VIP and cultural programmes across art, design, theatre, fashion and film – for brands and individuals.

Poetry in the Pantry – Friday 23 May 2014, 3–4.30pm
Poetry in the Pantry is a poetry reading, with poems selected by Tatham & O’Sullivan to accompany their work. The event takes place within Bloomberg’s first floor Pantry, an informal gathering place for employees to step away from their desks, grab a drink or a snack and catch up with colleagues. The even is open to both employees and visitors to Bloomberg.

Errors Hit Orient – Friday 30 May 2014, 6.30–8pm
Errors Hit Orient is a collaborative music performance by Will Holder and Chris Evans. The performance takes football match newspaper reviews written by BS Johnson and sets them to musical accompaniment, with Evans playing base and Holder reciting the match reviews. 

Rainbows and Real Estate – Friday 13 June 2014, 5–6.30pm
Fiona Jardine’s scripted visual presentation Rainbows and Real Estate analyses a series of industry adverts for TVs and cameras in terms of their relationship to the environments they depict.

Exhibition Tours
Friday 02 May 2014, 1–2.30pm
Friday 06 June 2014, 1–4pm

About the participants

Sigrid Kirk is Director and Co-founder of curatorial and cultural production agency Arts Co.

Chris Evans often works in the spaces where patronage, be it private, corporate or public, meets art, muddling the roles of artist and patron, author and muse. Sculptures, letters, drawings, film scripts and unwieldy social situations often become indexes of a larger structure through which his projects push bureaucratic systems into becoming sites of absurd and often animated dysfunction.

Typographer Will Holder makes books with artists, using conversation as tool and model for publishing conditions – whereby roles of commissioner/ author/ subject/ editor/ designer are improvised and shared.

Fiona Jardine graduated in Drawing and Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1998, following that with an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2003. In 2009, she engaged in PhD research concerned with the place of signature in art under the supervision of Professor John Roberts at the University of Wolverhampton. She currently teaches in the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University. Jardine has previously worked with Tatham & O’Sullivan to produce interpretive texts for The Pyramid – an exhibition at Joan Eardley’s former studio in Catterline in 2006 and for The Indirect Exchange of Uncertain Value, at Fettes School, Edinburgh in 2011.

Image credit

Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, DOES THE IT STICK, 2014. Installation View, Bloomberg SPACE, London. A Studio Voltaire commission. Courtesy of the artists, Bloomberg SPACE, London and Studio Voltaire, London. Credit Dave Morgan.

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