Simon Faithfull


ARTSail Resident – August 2017/January 2018

During the residency Faithfull will take advantage of his interaction with scientists to research the tropical environment and particularly humans’ effects upon it. The artist will explore our coastal and interior environments and create a series of absurd performative actions (recorded on video) that cast a figure from the post-anthropocene adrift in the tropical landscape.

Simon Faithfull was born in Braziers Park – a utopian community in Ipsden, Oxfordshire, UK. He studied at Central St Martins and then the University of Reading, UK . His practice takes a variety of forms – ranging from video, to digital drawing, installation work and writing. Faithfull is also a Reader of Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London. Faithfull’s practice has been described as an attempt to understand and explore the planet as a sculptural object – to test its limits and report back from its extremities. Within his work Faithfull often builds teams of scientists, technicians and transmission experts to help him bring back a personal vision from the ends of the world.

Recent projects include a journey across Europe and Africa tracing the 0o Greenwich Meridian, live video-transmission from the deliberate sinking of a ship to create an artificial reef and a film featuring the artist walking through a burning jet plane. Other projects include a video-work recording the journey of a domestic chair as it is carried to the edge of space beneath a weather balloon, a drawing project sending back live digital-drawings from a two month journey to Antarctica and an animated film developed from drawings made on a walk out of London along the A13 trunk-road (a Channel 4 TV commission with Arts Council England). Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Musee des Beaux Arts (Calais), Fabrica (Brighton,) FRAC Basse Normandie (France), British Film Institute (London), Harris Museum (Preston), Galerie Polaris (Paris), Parker’s Box (New York) and Stills (Edinburgh). Recent group shows include exhibitions at Turner Contemporary (UK), CCCB (Barcelona), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Australia) and Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Argentina). In 2010 Faithfull’s largest permanent public artwork to date was unveiled at the Liverpool Lime St. Station, Liverpool, UK..


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