Thomson & Craighead
Talks and tours

24/7 Artist Gallery Talks: Full Moon Mondays

Select Mondays
13.00 - 13.30
Free with exhibition entry
Embankment Galleries
South Wing

In association with 24/7, exhibiting artists speak of the life cycle of their work and workflow in the gallery on the week of the full moon.

Join the selected artist each month, as they fully illuminate their process and perspective for public exchange.

MON 11 NOV 2019, 13.00 - 13.30
Mat Collishaw
Artwork: The Machine Zone
Theme: Control Surveillance Acceleration

Mat Collishaw makes work that envelops the viewer in a twilight world poised between the alluring and the revolting, the familiar and the shocking, the poetic and the morbid. With a visual language that embraces diverse media, the beauty of Collishaw’s work is compelling – seductive, captivating, hypnotic – yet repelling as we perceive the darker fantasies within. A repulsion triggered not by what we see, but by our innate response to it. Something between beautiful and abject.

For 24/7 Collishaw has created a new work, based on the historic behavioural experiments of American psychologist B.F. Skinner. Six animatronic birds will move inside ‘Skinner boxes’, exploring the idea of random reward, which underpins the algorithms driving social media interactions and has been linked to our likelihood to become addicted to them.

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Mat Collishaw: Content Creator

MON 09 DEC 2019, 13.00 - 13.30
Thomson & Craighead
Artwork: Beacon, Railway Flap Sign
Theme: Sleep and Attentiveness

Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead (Thomson & Craighead) make artworks that examine the changing socio-political structures of the Information Age. In particular they have been looking at how the digital world is ever more closely connected to the physical world becoming a geographical layer in our collective sensorium. Time is often treated with a sculptor’s mentality, as a pliable quantity that can be moulded and remodelled. Jon is Professor of Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and Alison is Reader in Contemporary Art at University of Westminster and Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London. They live and work between London and Ross-shire.

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Thomson & Craighead: Beacon, Railway Flap Sign

MON 03 FEB 2020, 13.00 - 13.30
Rut Blees Luxemburg
Artwork: London, A Modern Project and Narrow Stage
Theme: Wreckage of the Day

Rut Blees Luxemburg’s photographic work deals with the representation of the city and the phenomenon of the luminous, ranging from large-scale photographs to public art installations and operatic mise-en-scène. Her permanent public work Silver Forest is embedded into the façade of Westminster City Hall in London. Blees Luxemburg is a reader in urban aesthetics at the Royal College of Art and co-founder of FILET - a space for experimental art production. She created the iconic cover for The Streets’ Original Pirate Material.

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Rut Blees Luxemburg: London, A Modern Project