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Folk archive: contemporary popular art from the UK

Kane, Alan and Deller, Jeremy (2005) Folk archive: contemporary popular art from the UK. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Kane, Alan and Deller, Jeremy

My research and art practice are integrated through a concern with popular culture and its artefacts. In this respect I do not recognise any division between my creative work as an artist and the work in the collection, and the contextualizing of works by others through a form of ideological curatorial practice. As a result of this attitude I have often collaborated with Jeremy Deller, sharing concepts and attitudes in specific projects.

Folk Archive was an exhibition based on an extensive survey of popular creativity in the UK. The intention was to collect and record engaging examples of creative visual practices from outside the professional arts and present this to a high standard. It explored how folk art has adapted to changes in cultural diversity and to developments in technology and politics. By giving serious attention to everyday activity as a valid contemporary art practice the exhibition also represented a strong institutional critique.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Alan Kane

Research Interests

Fine art
Socially engaged practices
Cultural interventions

Current Research
Questioning the hierarchies and forms of artistic or cultural production and blurring the distinction between artist and audience have always been central aspects in projects I have undertaken. This is true of both my solo practice and my long-term collaborative practice with Jeremy Deller. I have always held and promoted the position that art exists with or without the professional artist and my practice has been involved as much in framing examples of everyday creativity as in producing art.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 1 May 2005
Funders: ACE, The Elephant Trust
Related Publications: Alan Kane compiled and edited a 158-page monograph, with an essay by Jeremy Millar, ISBN 1 870699 88 5, Book Works (pubs)
Event Location: Barbican Art Gallery, London
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
The Barbican, London, UK
Kunsthalle, Basel
MCA, Belgrade
New Art Gallery, Walsall
Spacex, Exeter, UK
The Lowry, Salford, UK
Material/Media: 75 artefacts, 140 photographs, 3 hours of video, websites, and printed matter
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 23:38
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2010 12:55
Item ID: 1470
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1470

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