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Protest

Newbury
Thomson & Craighead
2013
Host Productions was contracted by The Corn Exchange Newbury & New Greenham Arts Centre as assistant programmer for the exhibition and events programme Protest.

The exhibition and events programme that took place at New Greenham Arts Centre was centred on artists Thomson & Craighead’s work October a documentary artwork about the early rise and fall of the Occupy movement. It is made entirely from information found on the worldwide web and was specially commissioned by Brighton Photo-biennial 2012. The movement rapidly propagated itself across the world through its use of the Internet, replicating its own language, methods and behaviours worldwide to encompass a diverse range of issues surrounding social and economic inequality. The documentary and method of display in the gallery attempts to invoke a critical space, where we can consider what it means to witness something that can only be apprehended, represented and documented through the mediated space of the Internet – the very same network that spawned Occupy as a global phenomenon in the first place.

The Protest Programme included the following:
Tony Benn in conversation
Film screening of Budrus
Performance by contemporary folk protest singer Grace Petrie
Performance of The Cellist of Sarajevo by Champagne Ensemble
Film screening of 5 Broken Cameras
Performance by The Vocal Abolitionists
Performance by contemporary blues singer Sean Taylor

About the artists
Jon Thomson (b. 1969) and Alison Craighead (b. 1971) are artists living and working in London. They make artworks and installations for galleries and specific sites including online spaces. Much of their recent work looks at live networks like the web and how they are changing the way we all understand the world around us. Having both studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Jon is Reader in Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, while Alison is a reader in contemporary art and visual culture at University of Westminster and lectures in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University