London Fieldworks, formed in 2000 by artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson, is a collaborative practice working across social engagement, installation, architecture, video, and animation, situating works both in the gallery and the landscape. Looking for and thinking about correspondences between landscape and imagination has led to an interest in the idea of fieldwork as artistic practice. Projects have been developed in remote sites such as Northeast Greenland, the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest, and East Iceland, as a way of generating material through an open-ended, extempore, creative enquiry based on people, things, and phenomena rooted in a particular place. Subsequent multi-media projects have created speculative works of fiction out of a mix of ecological, scientific and pop-cultural narratives, exploring themes of suspended animation, technology, fantasy, and death.
An animatronic robot in a green-screen studio is used to produce an animated film in weekly episodes. Exploring themes of hibernation, the cryonics movement, and the urban myth around the death of Walt Disney.
Neurophysiology, psychophysics, and manufacturing technology are linked in the production of a sculptural object. Using bespoke software, a 3D shape is derived from EEG readings of Gustav Metzger’s brain activity as he attempted to think about nothing.
A series of sculptural installations, reflecting the forms of the surrounding architecture and mounted in trees in urban green spaces, provide bespoke nesting sites for several hundred birds and their families.
An installation of 'animal show homes' based on the architecture of despots' palaces.
A Regency style observation platform, complete with chaise longue, mounted in a tree at Clumber House in Nottinghamshire. Referencing a previous occupant's failed attempt to domesticate an Indian Leopard as part of his menagerie.
2017 Revolução, Universidade de Coimbra, Colègio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal
2017 Assembly Lines, Prospect East, Stratford, London, UK
2017 Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Scotland
2017 Parallel Development 2, Future City, Cambridge, UK
2016 Telephone Without a Wire, Universidade de Coimbra, Colègio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal
2016 Spontaneous City: Hoxton, PEER Gallery, London, UK
2015 Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
2013 Null Object: Gustav Metzger Thinks about Nothing, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2012 The Leopard, The National Trust, Clumber Park, UK
2012 Null Object: Gustav Metzger Thinks about Nothing, WORK Gallery, London, UK
2012 Rain Prophets, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2011 Monarchy, SVA Gallery, Ashford, UK
2010 Spontaneous City, UP Projects, London, UK
2009 Super Kingdom, Stour Valley Arts, Kings Wood, Kent, UK
2007 Hibernator, Beaconsfield, London, UK
2005 Little Earth, Wapping Project, London, UK
2002 Naked Light: The Eye is Not the Thing that Sees, The Lab, San Francisco, USA
2002 Polaria, Wapping Project, London, UK
2002 Polaria/Gastarbyter, CCA, Glasgow
2002 Polaria/Gastarbyter, NGCA, Sunderland, UK
1999 Syzgy, ICA, London
1998 Syrgy, @Bristol, Bristol, UK
1998 Gastarbyter, ICA, London, UK
2017 Rrevolução, Universidade de Coimbra, Colègio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal
2015 Are We Sufficiently Bored?, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, USA
2014 The Negligent Eye, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2014 Paradise, Trust New Art, Bristol, UK
2014 Castles in the Air, Sypestyn, Loosdrecht, Netherlands
2014 Like a Bird, Tranzit.ro, Bucharest, Romania
2013 Like a Bird, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2013 Tropixel Festival, Ubatuba, Brazil
2012 Mobile Republic, Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Various sites, UK
2012 Poetry, Language, Code, Visualise Summer Exhibition, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2011 The Charter of the Forest, The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK
2011 Laboratory Life, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong
2010 Artist’s Airshow, Highland Institute of Contemporary Arts, Inverness, UK
2009 Polar Expeditions, Verbeke Foundation, Belgium
2006 Space Soon, The Roundhouse, London, UK
2005 Science Museum Art Project 5: Big Ideas, Dana Centre, London, UK
2017 The Smell of Ink, artists film screened at ZKM, Karlsruhe as part of Hansjörg Mayer: The Smell of Ink, within the series Poetic Expansions.
2016 Remember Nature, point d'ironie no.58, in collaboration with Gustav Metzger, international distribution.
2014 Biofiction, screening of artist film THE PUBLIC MISUNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE, Linz, Vienna, Nijmegen, Tokyo.
2014 Remote Performances, radio and sound-art project broadcast from artist treehouse studio, Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Scotland.
2013 Spontaneous City, a permanent 20m high sculptural installation commissioned by Rei Kawakubo for Dover Street Market, New York, USA.