May & June 2014 – Publications Residency at Floating Island Gallery

During Floating Island’s first 2 months at the Harbour Exchange project space, I did a publications residency to explore and begin a publications strand of Floating Island Gallery.

Based at 11 Harbour Exchange Square, at the back of an old mobile phone shop, I was available for other Floating Island residents and artists and any interested parties to come and talk about publications and future possibilities for a programme of titles under the Floating Island umbrella.

The STEALING THE SHOW event on 26th June 2014 formed an experimental aspect of the residency by creating a publication via actions and collaborations. The aim was to create a documentational approach to creating publications by harnessing the activities of a network of people who want to take an experimental approach to research and practice through collaboration.

Associated Event:

Thursday 26th June 2014.

As part of the residency, I invited other artists and collaborators to join me in exploring the theme for the first ever Floating Island publication ‘Stealing the Show: considering performance art theft’. This took place in tandem with Floating Island’s UNPERFORMING series.

An evening of experimental discussion, writing, image making and heist planning… an investigation of the possibility of ‘performance art theft’ – what could it mean, how could it be done, is it already happening?

The texts, images, and documentation from the event will eventually become ‘Stealing the Show: considering performance art theft’ – the first in an ongoing series of publications from Floating Island – in which all participants will be included and credited.

Thought Machines (2014)

Thought Machines: The Manual, Edition Angewandte, 2014, ISBN: 3990436236.
Author: Jan Svenungsson
Contributor/Exhibition Catalogue
Available to buy on Amazon

Thought Machines

Between Before and After (2013)

(ISBN: 978-1-907342-74-5)
This was a Royal College of Art Printmaking department publication on which I was Lead Editor and also a contributor.

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Parasite in the Image

My MA dissertation ‘Parasite in the Image: the performer, the image and the need to fade’ (Sharon Whyte, Royal College of Art, 2012, Awarded: Distinction) attempted to examine the idea of a parasitical relationship between ourselves and images. It focused in particular on images of performance and performers, as an example of one of the most prolific ‘types’ of image in existence. Where it blurred the ‘boundaries’ was in testing the idea of the parasite in the image, not as a metaphor, but as an entity. It was noted as being “impeccable research” and “exemplary work and a truly original piece of thinking”.

You can read the introduction here (opens as a PDF).SHARON WHYTE_Parasite in the Image_extract_introduction