INCON with… offers art as a continuing series of art events. It was established by Neil Ferguson in 2015 with the aim of exploring what working collaboratively on artworks and events involves practically and theoretically. INCON with is “arting” in practice.
INCON with… Podcasts for DeptfordX 2019
The series of INCON with… Podcasts were produced by artist Neil Ferguson of INCON with... and Peter Bromley of 1968 Film Group for Deptford X 2019.
The 11 podcasts discuss artworks and art work, the verb, to art , “arting”.
The series features Neil Ferguson in conversation with Drew Adams, Maciej Blazejewski, Peter Bromley, Amanda Francis, Clare French, Chris Smith, Calum Storrie, Karen Turner, Fredrix Vermin, Joshua Freddie Vaughan and Carol Wyss discussing different aspects of the work in art practice and how art works for them.
INCON with(15)…Neil Ferguson & Amanda Francis
230 Steps Between
Friday 4th & Saturday 5th October 2019
“that part of town you don’t have to go to…you are already there, you know it…”
The process of Brexit has thrown into stark contrast the conditions and experiences between various communities living in the UK, illuminating the difficulties of existing in expanding global realities.
But what implications does this have on being local?
Fact: for over 30 years Neil and Amanda have lived 230 steps apart …
230 steps between… is a collaborative project between Neil Ferguson and Amanda Francis formed out of a series of meetings, writings and agreed activities exploring differing senses and experiences of being local.
What observations do Neil and Amanda (who both identify with the status of migrant) actually share? How might the presentation of their selected images, sounds and objects influence what others, notice, see or think?
Yes, observations keep being made, but is this what being local means?
What habits do neighbourhoods cultivate? What do we notice or ignore? What is worth recording? The collaboration offers modes of interaction to “place” or “situate” the visitor.
The work explores differing narratives and archiving of information, shared times that Neil and Amanda recognise and allow opportunities for others to personalise.
INCON with(14)…Neil Ferguson & Calum Storrie
TING FOR DOT
Friday 7th AND Saturday 8th June 2019
Redacting texts,…applying thinglyness to “things”
…organizing meaninglessness in “things”?
Ferguson and Storrie set about redacting a variety of publications from Beckett plays and short stories to free gallery handout sheets, cookbooks and detective novels.
…TING FOR DOT was an interactive event where the audience were asked to apply their own redacting systems to TING FOR DOT texts.
INCON with(12&13)…Neil Ferguson & Karen Turner
“THE Same but different”.
“Art is not there simply to be understood. … It is more the sense of an indication or suggestion” .
The events are set up around a mixture of simple and complex visual compositions and assemblages.
The works look to induce an individuals “sense” of something, NOT reduce to a shared understanding.
THE Same but different “… are “surrational” objects as events that make expectation “irrational “.
Each object and drawing invites the viewer to form their own narrative from the displays.
A 5 point/parts rule directs our decision-making. It is appropriated from Miro’s sketchbook drawings linking the 5 points of a human cell to figurative movement and structure.
This rule evokes wider considerations on potential narratives in things rather than simply their construction and component parts.
Connecting Miro’s thinking on figurative structure to Beuysian analysis of histories in things offers wider potential for engaging with the works in “The Same but Different”…
… 2 very different events in 2 different venues.
INCON with(13)…“THE Same but different”, at CAVESPACE, 81 Tachbrook Street, Pimlico, SW1V 2QP
25 – 28th October 2018
IN Conversation with(12)… “THE Same but different” at INCON, Brockley, London SE4 1YR. 13th & 14th October 2018
Neil Ferguson, Maciej Blazejewski and Fredrix Vermin…
“We know what we are doing…but… we can be wrong for the right reasons.”
8 -9 June 2018