Saturday, 10 April 2010

Graham Dunning


Graham Dunning

Permanent working location:


general working practice:

My working practice deals with temporality, memory and narrative through sound, performance and installation. I am interested in people’s discarded memories - in photographs, sound recordings or objects - and the function of archiving. Found home recordings from the recent past feature in my work investigating notions of the artifact and implied narrative. Experimentation is important in my work, and my practice is often informed by scientific experimental protocol.


I intend to spent 24 hours as the conductor and subject of a pseudo-scientific experiment into entropy and the Arrow of Time, exploring the laws of thermodynamics by using my artistic practice as a metaphorical scientific specimen. Simultaneously I will be the scientist, making measurements and recording results, and the group of atoms interacting with other parts of the system.

Islington Mill, and my studio within it, will act as the closed system under study. The limited time frame will be an experimental condition. Loosely equating creativity with heat, I will start from a temperature of absolute zero: a blank scientific sketchbook, an empty workspace and no preconceived ideas for making work.

At the close of the exhibition I will have made a combined lab report / sketchbook. Within the report there will be written records of interactions with other artists; Polaroids, taken on the hour, of my workspace; drawings, diagrams, charts and graphs; found objects or pieces of paper; or anything else that seems relevant. In addition there are likely to be sound recordings, video footage, photographs, maquettes and other objects, all of which will be thoroughly documented.




Image 1: Untitled (2010), Installation: tape machines with three-channel audio.

Image 2: Ring a bell until you tell yourself to stop (2010), Installation, tape machine, audio tape loop and bell.

Image 3: Untitled (2008), Installation: found bottles and audio.

Past Exhibitions:

Lost Language, Kraak, Manchester, April 2010: Sound installation featuring reel-to-reel tape players with three channel audio plus performance and sound art workshop. Part of a group show featuring experimental emerging artists from Manchester and London.

sixty_six_events, Five Years Gallery, London, February 2010: Videos and sound object shown as part of a group show of documentation from international global art event sixty_six_events.

Krumm, Outlet Temproary Gallery Space, Manchester, May 2008: Video installation and performance as part of a group show.