Myself, Dan Fox and Ashley Marlowe support Bob Parks on 6th September 2008 in Amsterdam, as he performs at the opening of his solo exhibition 'Crying in the Temple of Love & The Sex You Have To Give' at ZINGERpresents gallery. We are also releasing Bob Parks 'The R&B Feeling' LP on Junior Aspirin records. www.junioraspirin.com.
Bob Parks’ eclectic career stretches back almost 40 years and has its roots in experimental performance art of the 1960s and early 1970s. His life and work is filtered through his love of Rhythm and Blues (a term propagated by his friend Johnny Otis) and includes poetry, photo-realistic portrait paintings, music, video and installation works as well as site-specific performances.
Parks’ performances seek to confront and challenge the viewer, and can be compared and contrasted against more deeply personal work that explores his relationship with his Church Starlight COGIC, and its congregation who are his friends, brothers and sisters. It is here that music becomes so important to Parks – particularly R&B and the gospel singing of COGIC – and it is ultimately music that informs every facet of his oeuvre. (ArtSway, UK)

 

 

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I always love that art centre talk, like that gem from from artsway, that chips on about seeking to confront, expoloring and informing facets of oevres. If art institutions confronted and explored their own rhetoric a little more studiously the world would be a better place. And I'm sure Bob would say Amen to that.

Eh? There's no rhetoric in that description, it's just descriptive. Most art centre press releases are, but this isn't. Bugger off!

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The Librarians is a series of 8 video portraits concerned with the personal, sometimes unintentional collections and libraries of people working in the arts. The project looks at how individual collections and selections processes and by extension the design and organisation of personal environments reflect and relate to someone’s wider practice. As a sequence the portraits form a collection in their own right with the notion of collecting becoming increasingly complex while relationships and connections develop between individuals and their ideas. Featuring Tom McCarthy, Lorenza Boisi, Shaun Pubis, Michael Leslie, Pablo Bronstein, Isabel Waidner, Rebecca Bligh and Adam Sutherland.



Reading Room is video library of reading performances which will be regularly added to. Texts are chosen by readers specifically for the collection and filmed in their personal contexts, either home or workplace. As a result the library includes an eclectic mix of literature, poetry, biography and science while each video is also an encounter with the personal space of the reader. The project is ongoing and long-term, mapping through time associations and a sense of collective thinking .





I've just put live the 4th installment of Agrifashionista.tv, Iron Man by Jen Liu.
A story of Party Monks, Rock Guitars, Brass Bands, a Princess and Salvation.
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Big screen video on the small screen is a big leveller, but the monks carry it off. Mind you give me small screen video on a bi screen anyday

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Patrick & Oko constructing the raft
Patrick & Oko constructing the raft
Carrying the raft down the Hill.
Carrying the raft down the Hill.
Carrying the raft down the Hill.
Carrying the raft down the Hill.
The raft at the lakeside.
The raft at the lakeside.
floating raft
floating raft
Oko and Patrick on the raft
Oko and Patrick on the raft
Jessica flying the flag
Jessica flying the flag
Looking down on Peel island
Looking down on Peel island

During our residency week in the lake district we constructed a raft and attempted to lauch and sail it to Peel Island on Lake Coniston. Peel Island is attributed to be the original home of the fictional Wild Cat Island in the Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome.
These sample photos document the rafts journey from Parkamoor to Peel island.
Harold
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look another artist collective dressing up a making dens

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Raising the Flag.
Raising the Flag.
Urbania Group Photo
Urbania Group Photo
At Grizedale Arts for Radio Show
At Grizedale Arts for Radio Show
Urbania/Parkamoor
Urbania/Parkamoor

Following the cancellation of the live studio event at the Rochelle school, Urbania decided to transfer their activity to Grizedale Arts, Parkamoor cottage in the lake distict. For a week in July 2008 the group took over Parkamoor, embarking on a number of projects, these photos document some of the daily activities that took place at Parkamoor, place with no running water or electricity but beauitfully located above lake Coniston.
For more photos go to  http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbaniacollective/
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John the farmer down the hill has been asking where all 'that red lot' went and if they're coming back. Unlike some they seem to have made an effort with the locals and , despite being overtly red and of the world of art, have made an impression and connection with the good people of Coniston, which is always appreciated and leads to better relationships and better work on the whole. Having said that it's always healthy to have the odd career seeking missile blasting through not giving a flying toss about public perception and ploughing ahead.

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Dinner at Oko's
Dinner at Oko's
Brick Bread
Brick Bread
At Tate Modern
At Tate Modern
Dinner at Iris's
Dinner at Iris's
At Tate Modern
At Tate Modern
Tony Conrad performance at Tate Modern
Tony Conrad performance at Tate Modern

During the summer 2008 Urbania members hosted a number of gatherings in the run to our residency at Parkamoor in the Lake district. These meetings often involved food, discussion and specific activities. The attached photos document some of those activities by Oko and Iris.
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Back in March 2008 Urbania was reduced from 8 to 6 members. On the 13 March 2008 we declared Urbania with the words "The place is coming with us". The attached photos record that meeting and the first use our uniform, slogan and brick symbol.
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One Hour Shop
One Hour Shop

Monday 8 September I did a ONE HOUR SHOP at the AR FOYER at ars electronica 2008. The production films of the frogbutterspoon and the horsemilksoap were screened. Some soap and one spoon was sold. The frogbutterspoon jumped over to the USA and will be in use in LA.

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