Curated by Village, this collaboration by Craig Barker and Theo Simpson can be regarded in terms of a pause within an ongoing performance. This momentary pause temporarily stabilizes the materials, objects and information into patterns of consumption, where a unique conversation takes place before it must be disassembled, returning to the artists’ archives. A theoretical framework is constructed through the developing conversations via the common language derived from our familiarity with the materials utilized in the installation and through the systems the various works attempt to speculate on.
Theo Simpson lives and works in the South of England. His works examine and document British material culture and heritage through the examination of the built environment, vernacular architecture and objects of the everyday. Simpson’s work has featured most recently in Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography (Phaidon 2014) Law, The Independent and Photoworks. His work is also held in various international public collections including the V&A National Art Library, Fotomuseum, Winterthur and the Tate Artists’ Book Library.
Craig Barker recently studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London for a Masters Degree in Fine Art and now lives and works in Yorkshire. Operating within a highly speculative framework his works often utilize the configuration of the archive to investigate systems of thought, production and preservation in contemporary culture.