Monday, 27 December 2010

Bedtime dialogues in Winter

A group exhibition organised by Opa Malyn vzw with work of SNP, Gert37, Mira Albrecht, Wannes Behaegel, Clemens Behr, Willem Boel, Dominiek Colpaert, Ruth Crabbe, Jesse Cremers, Pauwel De Buck, Kris Fierens, Ritsart Gobyn, Geert Koekoeckx, Warre Mulder, Pauline Niks, Tinka Pittoors, Suleika Van der Jeugdt, Samuel Vanderveken, Yasmine Willems and Laura Wilson.

This exhibition shows work of young, contemporary artist on a unique location in Mechelen. You will be surprised by a warming dialogue between sculptures, installations, drawings, paintings and soundsscapes.

15 until 23th January - VERNISSAGE 15th JANUARI from 19H00
saturday and sunday from 10h00 until 20h00 - monday till friday from 14h00 until 20h00
Location: Former Mattress-factory Devis, OLVrouwestraat 110, Mechelen, Belgium

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Preludes and Nocturnes, Dalston New Library

Here are some images documenting the exhibition I had in the summer at Dalston New Library in London, curated by Rose Lejeune. To see the press release for the show please click here.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Artist Village

From 1-5 October I participated in the Artist Village which was part of the exhibition Coup de Ville in the town of Sint Niklaas. The village itself was situated in the town square and was designed by the school of architecture and applied science in Ghent and the Sint-Lucas University of applied science in Brussels. Below are some images.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sunday, 26 September 2010

'Blow me a Kiss' at The Agency Gallery

Bricks, mortar

I built this structure yesterday at The Agency Gallery in Depford out of reclaimed chimney bricks from the original gallery chimney that was dismantled during the building of the gallery.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Brick Project

I am currently in China on the first leg of my research for Brick Project, which is supported by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust You can follow my research on the following link

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Image from Pointing No. 3

Image by James Lander

Here is an image from Pointing No. 3: Laura Wilson in conversation with Catherine Croft, Director of Twentieth Century Society. This took place on Wednesday 11th August 2010, 7.30pm, Dalston New Library, Dalston Lane.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Pointing No. 3, an event part of Preludes and Nocturnes

Pointing No. 3: Laura Wilson in conversation with Catherine Croft, Director of Twentieth Century Society

Wednesday 11th August, 7.30pm, Dalston New Library, Dalston Lane (near Dalston Junction overland station)

Wilson’s ‘Pointings’ are a series of conversations conducted with experts in their various fields whose interests enhance and expand upon elements of Wilson’s practice. Expanding on her recent book, Concrete Architecture, Croft will discuss the resurgence of concrete in new buildings such as the library and celebrate the intrinsic qualities of concrete and how they work to create the places in which we live, work, and play. Croft is currently Director of the Twentieth Century Society and is a regular contributor to a number of architectural journals, including Building Design.

(limited places, please RSPV

Please note, the exhibition Preludes and Nocturnes continues until 26th August viewable 5pm-midnight daily, further information below.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Preludes and Nocturnes

Preludes and Nocturnes – an exhibition by Laura Wilson

Viewable: Friday 6th – Thursday 26th August 2010, 5pm-12am daily

Private View: Thursday 5th August – 7.30pm-10.00pm with La Folia, a performance by Jefford Horrigan at 8pm sharp (duration 5 min) and a Video performance by Reynir Hutber at 9.30pm.

New Dalston Library, Dalston Lane

Preludes and Nocturnes, an exhibition by Laura Wilson is presented by curator Rose Lejeune as the second exhibition in the space of the New Dalston Square Library.

For this exhibition, Wilson has chosen to illuminate the building through a series of interventions that dissect its architectural facades and linear history. Common domestic light bulbs hang through the building, coming to rest at different heights they hover over and light up the concrete floor.

In the front of the space, under the lights, Wilson has used coal and concrete mixed with small amounts of florescent powder, to mark out the grey and black shadows created by the structure of the building. Wilson’s drawings of these uninterrupted shadows remind us of the building’s current empty state and of how it changes throughout the day as the sun follows its path. The florescent powder which is activated by the sun but barely visible due to the electric light of the city further alludes to the unrealised potential of the space as well as the invisible layers of its past.

Using a one-to-one scale, the floor drawings reference early masonry drawings in their scale and point to the history of the site of the library – a former cinema, theatre, and circus and more recently an illegal club, squat and derelict site of much contention. Using the history of the site as a source of inspiration, Wilson uses light and shadow to create moments of interaction with the site across time and as such renders visible its past, current situation and possible futures


As part of Preludes and Nocturnes Wilson will present three events in the space developing the themes

of architecture, light and exposure.

Thursday 5th August, 8pm: Jefford Horrigan - La Folia

Compelled against better judgment or common sense, an inappropriate touch or remark or declaration is made – those moments when you just know you are going to make that same mistake again.

Simple, precise and mannered, Jefford Horrigan moves and positions his furniture and objects to create a dream like ambiguity. He has recently performed at Beaconsfield, ICA, SLG and Tate Britain.

Thursday 5th August, 9.30pm: Reynir Hutber - Video Performance.

Reynir Hutber will use the notion of the building as a space in transition to inspire a digital dissection of its architecture. His live video montage will explore the formal qualities of the building before they are obscured by its social function.

Hutber has a broad art practice that draws on performance, installation, media architecture, VJing and sculpture. He was recently awarded the Catlin Art Prize 2010.

Wednesday 11th August, 7.30pm: Laura Wilson presents a Pointing’ with Catherine Croft

Wilson’s ‘Pointings’ are a series of conversations conducted with experts in their various fields whose interests enhance and expand upon elements of Wilson’s practice.

Expanding on her recent book, Concrete Architecture, Croft will discuss the resurgence of concrete in new buildings such as the library and celebrate the intrinsic qualities of concrete and how they work to create the places in which we live, work, and play. Croft is currently Director of the Twentieth Century Society and is a regular contributor to a number of architectural journals, including Building Design. (limited places, please RSPV

About Laura Wilson

Wilson brings the everyday into visibility, and makes the viewer to pay attention to things that they frequently ignore. Site-specificity and its dialogue with architecture informs her practice which explores notions of construction, demolition and the re-use of building elements both in terms of the materials that she uses and in the re- contextualisation of actions and everyday events forms a kind of cyclic archaeology.

Selected exhibitions include; Horse of a different colour, Siobhan Davies Studios, London, 2010; Field Broadcast as part of Wysing Contemporary, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, 2010; Publish & be damned @ Late at Tate, Tate Britain, 2009; Subvision Festival, Hamburg, August 2009; Brief Encounter, Wolstenholme Projects, as part of the Liverpool Biennale 2008; Scene in the Making, Nicholls & Clarke building as part of Concrete & Class, London 2008; Endgames, Truck, Canada 2007; Ename Actueel 2007: Foundation, Belgium 2007; Sixty-Seven, South London Gallery, London 2006 and Perspective 2004, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast 2004.

Dalston Library

Preludes and Nocturnes is the second exhibition in the space of the new Dalston Library before its fit-out in September 2010. The space is not accessible to the public, instead the works can be viewed by passers-by and commuters through its windows. As such, the exhibitions simultaneously animate the new space, and act as a platform for the artists work, framing and bracketing it.

Supported by Hackney Council - giving empty premises a new lease of life

Monday, 19 July 2010

The Wall is down that parted their fathers

Here are some images from the work that I showed as part of the Whitstable Biennale, more information on

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Turbulences Video

Review about Field Broadcast in a French publication
Click on this link
I will post a translated version soon.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Foundation Stone, Siobhan Davies Studios

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On Saturday evening Siobhan Davies Studios in St George's Road hosted a foundation stone laying staged by artist Laura Wilson. The centre's architect Sarah Wigglesworth was present to see a brick taken from an upstairs wall, and the text of a poem by James Elroy Flecker, buried below exterior brickwork.

"We thought it was about time we could lay the foundation stone," said Siobhan Davies who claims to have found the design to have worked well for her over four years of constant use. "We did not want to rush. Thank you to Sarah who has made a building."

Laura Wilson recently worked with Siobhan Davies Studios to stage the Blind Buildinginstallation, a 15-minute choreographed sequence during which the curtains of the London College of Communication tower were opened and closed.

(Please click here to see original article)

Microperformances at the Whitechapel Gallery: Pointing No. 2

Photo: Rebecca Birch
Pointing no.2

Laura Wilson in conversation with Michael Podmaniczky, Programme Tutor on the Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects course at West Dean College, The Edward James Foundation on 2 June 2010.
Discussing ideas surrounding furniture, design history and boatbuilding, this conversation was re-performed with actors, Michael Pagnotta and Nick Rhys as part of Microperformances at the Whitechapel Gallery on Thursday 10th June 2010.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Foundation Stone Ceremony and other events

Some things that I am involved in over the next couple of weeks, please do come along:

Foundation Stone Ceremony
19th June, 5pm at Siobhan Davies Studios
Over the past few months I have been working with architect, Sarah Wigglesworth to create a site-specific art work for Siobhan Davies Studios and on 19th June at 5pm a special ceremony will mark the installation of Foundation Stone. This event is part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Gesamtkunstwerk 2010 Debut Salon Show
Private view: 18th June, 6.30-late at the Hackney Rose
Exhibition continues: 19th - 27th June, Friday-Sunday 12-6pm (or by appointment 07931439942)
The first exhibition of the Gesamtkunstwerk 2012 project brings together all the artists involved in this ‘total artwork’ which will manifest itself as an artist’s road trip across the United States in 2012. This international troupe of artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, etc. will be art, make art, and exhibit art and more from the West to the East coast in the summer of 2012.

Whitstable Biennale Satellite Programme
19th June - 4th July
2010 Whitstable Biennale Satellite Programme (www.thewhitstablesatellite) . For this I have made a new work, The wall is down that parted their fathers; you can find out more information about it by following this link -

Please find more information below,

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Siobhan Davies Studios

London Festival of Architecture

Saturday 19 June
At Siobhan Davies Studios,
Elephant & Castle, London

Open Studios and Meet the Artists
Siobhan Davies Studios will open its entire building to view as part of the city wide celebration of architecture. Visitors will be free to explore all areas of the RIBA award-winning building designed by Sarah Wigglesworth, talk with the RCA MA Ceramics & Glass students, whose works will be on show as part of their Out of Practiceexhibition, and experience Audialsense installation in the Roof studio.

Installation: Audialsense
This durational work uses dense tonal chords of sine waves, based on the wavelengths associated with the dimensions of the Roof Studio at Siobhan Davies Studios. The modulation of these tones is based on the stuttering rhythmic patterns of the cladding systems on the nearby Strata SE1 tower by architects BFLS.

Time: 2-5pm
Tickets: free event
Booking: none required

Workshop: Experiencing sound through movement
Siobhan Davies Dance will lead a workshop using movement to heighten the experience of the sound and the invisible architecture it creates in the Roof Studio. Participants will be guided by JADE fellow Tammy Arjona in their explorations of passing through the different volumes of sound, making choices in the pathways they carve through the space. This workshop is supported by BFLS.

Time: 12-1.30pm
Tickets: free event
Booking: 020-7091-9650

Foundation Stone Ceremony
This ceremony will mark the installation of a foundation stone created by the artist Laura Wilson with the building’s architect, Sarah Wigglesworth.

Time: 5pm
Tickets: free event
Booking: none required

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Gesamtkunstwerk 2012

Debut Salon Show

Private View Friday 18th June 2010, 6.30-late

The Hackney Rose, 458 Hackney Rd, E2 9EG

19th - 27th June, Friday-Sunday 12-6pm

Or by appointment 0793 1439942

The first exhibition of the Gesamtkunstwerk 2012 project brings together all the artists involved in this ‘total artwork’ which will manifest itself as an artist’s road trip across the United States in 2012. This international troupe of artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, etc. will be art, make art, and exhibit art and more from the West to the East coast in the summer of 2012.

The practises showcased in the Debut Salon Show come from a range of media, though here they are represented as wall-based work, hung in the style of a Parisian Salon exhibition. The style of hanging is not in accordance with the Salon’s values, but rather an acknowledgment of the method and aesthetic style of hanging large group exhibitions. This seems particularly appropriate for such a large group show, and as a historic parallel with the idea of the gesamtkunstwerk.

This first exhibit is intended as a launch for the forthcoming project, and an opportunity to view the work of all who are involved—though this group will be evolving and changing in the two year interim. In the two years before its manifestation, curated group exhibitions will happen under the umbrella of the gesamtkunstwerk project. This framework provides a starting point for further exhibitions, events, and enquiries into multi-disciplinary practise. The artists involved come from 12 different countries in total, and the majority of them work in the United Kingdom. When the final troupe embark on this monumental road trip, the different cultures will grant a transient yet lasting contribution to the contemporary landscape of the USA. During the road trip of travelling exhibitions, gigs, and performances in various institutions, the opportunities to engage in cross-cultural artistic debate will be vast. The international mix of cultural and artistic production will demonstrate the contrasts and similarities that exist between modes of production in the US, Europe, and beyond. The Debut Salon Show is the only occasion where all participants are seen exhibiting together, until the Gesamtkunstwerk finally happens in 2012.

Performances by Charlotte Young and Fredrik Lindberg from 20:30 pm


Aimee Neat - Alistair Wildblood - Angus Braithwaite - Beck Rainford - Neb Poulton - Benedict Drew - Beth Collar - Cai Nyahoe - Charlotte Young - Chooc Ly Tan - Corinne Mynatt - Ed Atkins - Elizabeth Gossling - Eugenia Ivanessevich - Fred Lindberg - Gabriel Stone - Gregory Sodergren - James Stringer - Joanna Ageborn Lindberg - Jonathan Batten - Jonathan Entwhistle - Julia Crabtree & Will Evans - Jussi Brightmore - Kate Ellis - Kay Watson - Laura McFarlane - Laura Wilson - Maria Theodoraki - Matt Carter - Matthew Giradeau - Michelle Fletcher - Myles Painter - Nathalie Levi - Neesha Champeneria - Nik Colk - Oscar Carlson- Revati Mann- Rudolph Reiber- Sarah Bayliss - Simon Ribchester - Surya Buck - Tessa Power - Tom Wondrag - Tom Clarke - A Human - Factory Floor - Gum Takes Tooth

For more information about the project please contact:

*This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of The Hackney Rose. The Hackney Rose is a community dedicated to innovation and cross pollination across the arts and creative industries offering facilities and opportunities for production and exhibition.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Microperformances at the Whitechapel Gallery

Below is some information about an event that I am involved with at Whitechapel Gallery this week...

Thursday 10 June, 7pm


A night of structured spontaneity and subjectivity switches at the Whitechapel Gallery.

MicroPerformance is a series of curated performances and talks which use an intimate and interactive format. Similar to the format of speed-dating, the performer interacts directly with the audience around a table in a bar or cafe, and the audience moves between performers throughout the night.

Pursuing an interest in landscape, subjectivity, and the location of encounters, artist Rebecca Birch curates projects that extend this research; for MicroPerformance she invites artists working in a diverse range of mediums to explore site specific creation and intimacy.

Inspired by Roebbrecht and Daem’s focus on the intimate and ephemeral relationships of the individual to architectural environments, the Whitechapel cafĂ©’s tables will provide the stage for the performances and inform the content.

Reacting to this idea of the table as the stage or trajectory for performance will be theatre company,Dancing Brick, nominated and shortlisted as best emerging company at the total theatre awards will stage a drama. Sculptor and painter Flore Nove-Josserandwill engage in a critical discussion on design theory. Composer and musician Neil Luck, a founding member of Squid Box and the ARCO collective, will perform a series of new compositions. Sculptor Laura Wilson will discuss aspects of the table with a furniture specialist.The Ladies of the Press, a compact publishing unit, presents the performance of printing and publication with a playful pressing parlour game. Sarah Bowker-Jones, painter and sculptor will create a temporary intervention.

Performances will take place throughout the evening. Some will be continuous and others will be repeated. The subject of the encounter becomes both the viewer (the audience) and the viewed (the performer) who alternately change roles throughout their interaction.

A building may have walls, but its how use them that counts.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Screen shot from Field Broadcast

A screen shot from the work In-the-fields which I made for Field Broadcast (

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Review in Art Vehicle

Please click on the link below to read a review of Horse of a Different Colour at Siobhan Davies Studios in the current issue of Art Vehicle.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Field Broadcast

Please find information below about Field Broadcast, a project I am involved in which is part of Wysing Arts Contemporary. Download the viewer to your desktop from and work will be streamed live to your desktop between 8-16 May.


PROJECKT presents Field Broadcast as part of Wysing Arts Contemporary Presents

A series of live broadcasts direct to your computer desktop May 8 - 16 2010

9 Days 33 Fields 33 Artists

To access Field Broadcast visit and click 'download viewer' to install the Field Broadcast application

Field Broadcast enables artists to stream new work live from a remote location; a broadcast that is literally from a field to your computer via a desktop application. All works, whether video, animation, performance, sculpture or live data will be created in the field with no editing or post-production. Each broadcast will be viewed by a dispersed international audience, at office desks, in cafes, on trains and at kitchen tables. Once you have installed the viewer each broadcast will arrive directly to your computer desktop.

Broadcasts from: Bram Thomas Arnold, Ed Atkins, Dave Ball and Oliver Walker, Christopher Bassford and Jonathan Ryall, Richard Bevan, Sara Bjarland, Martin John Callanan, Susan Collins, Dan Coopey, Alexander Costello, David Cotterrell, Michael Cousin, Juan Cruz, Sean Edwards, Simon Faithfull, Florencia Guillen, Hamilton, Southern and St Armand, Toby Huddlestone and Sarah Jane Parton, Fritha Jenkins, David Kefford, Olivier Leger, Pernille Leggat Ramfelt, Neil Luck, Revati Mann, Elizabeth McTernan, Alex Pearl, Eric Rosoman, Jennie Savage, Rob Smith, Dan Walwin, Ian Whittlesea, Luke Williams, Laura Wilson

Field Broadcast is presented as part of Wysing Arts Contemporary Presents, a Field Broadcast bell will ring in Wysing’s gallery to mark the start of each new broadcast and there will be a special live screening at Wysing on the 16 May, for further details visit

Field Broadcast is curated by Rebecca Birch and Rob Smith. PROJECKT was established on the 1 January 2009. Through curatorial experimentation it provides new and innovative contexts for contemporary artists and

For further information please contact / Tel: 07719 976830

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Microperformances at The Agency

Image: Ali MacGilp

MicroPerformance evening at agency at the Agency

Friday 30 April 6-9pm

The Agency, 66 Evelyn Street, London SE8 5DD / 020 3239 7240

MicroPerformance presents the agency exhibition events programme in a single evening

a drawing workshop with Bram Thomas Arnold

a new performance; Tongue Tied with Lee Campbell

a recital, by Adam de la Cour with Neil Luck

a publication; Enchantee Monsieur Umbrella....; with The Ladies of The Press *

a film screening; After Party Party by Sophie Michael and Revati Mann

in conversation with Laura Mugridge and Katy Schutte

a gallery talk with norn

a seminar with Ashley Whitfield, presented by The Pigeon Wing

a reading from the archives by Laura Wilson in conversation with a bricklayer

and a special appearance from Adrian Lee who will deflect illicit intent through the production of an aura of angst.

The performances will be located throughout the gallery. Each performance lasts for 5 minutes, and is designed for an intimate audience of up to four people. Performances are repeated throughout the evening. The audience is invited to move around the gallery and experience all of the performances and talks during the course of the event. All performances have been devised specifically for agency at the Agency.

MicroPerformance is part of agency at the Agency, and takes place alongside Igor Grubic at The Agency, presented by norn, and 2009 Retrospective, presented by The Pigeon Wing. For further details see

MicroPerformance is developed and curated by Rebecca Birch

This event is part of Deptford Last Fridays, you are invited to join us for the after party at The Old Police Station.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Choreographed opening and closing of Curtains, SE1 website


A choreographed performance by artist Laura Wilson of the opening and closing of curtains in the London College of Communication tower at Elephant & Castle was held on Tuesday night.