Works by: Portia Winters, Alastair Whitton, Emmanuelle Waeckerle, Sipke Visser, Ricarda Vidal, Sam Treadaway, The Travelling Band, Shireen Taylor, Rebecca Tantony, Kate Street, Glen Stoker, Alexander Stevenson, Emmanuel Spinelli, Daniel Smedley, Seán Slemon, David Shillinglaw, Solveig Settemsdal, Laura Santamaria, Natasha Rosling, Juneau Projects, Pietro Reviglio, Alexandros Pissourios, Heather McClelland, Julie McCalden, Chris McCabe, Harry Man, Anna Mace, Sharon Kivland, Will Kendrick, Hayden Kays, Tom Jenks, Peter Hoiß, Debora Hirsch, Katrin Hanusch, Georgie Grace, Steven J Fowler, Stephanie Douet, Amy Dickson, Holly Corfield Carr, Anna Cady, Sophie Bullock, The Bookshop Band, Kelly Best, Emilie Atkinson, Tabatha Andrews, Maria Anastassiou.
Revolve:R was initiated in 2011 by us – Sam Treadaway and Ricarda Vidal – as a multidisciplinary and international collaboration. The project explores the transmission of ideas through collaborative forms of communication ranging from the physical and tactile (such as the sharing of original artworks via the postal service) to the digital and intangible (which includes a parallel interplay online). Besides visual artworks, Revolve:R includes poetry, film, soundscapes and music. The complete work of each Revolve:R edition is presented as a limited-edition bookwork.
Revolve:R, edition three is the result of our two-year-long collaboration, between 2016 and 2018, in which artists, poets, and musicians from around the world (UK, USA, Africa and Continental Europe) created artworks in reply and response to one another. During this time many of the artworks it features have physically travelled many thousands of miles before coming together within this bookwork publication.
Edition three is a continuation of editions one and two (Arrow Bookworks, 2013 and 2015) which explored concepts relating to chaos theory, chance and synchronicity with the first artwork-page of Revolve:R, edition three (page 217) referencing the final artwork sequence from Revolve:R, edition two (ending on page 216). Throughout the evolution of this third edition we have continued the development of the initial ideas and working processes that formed the basis and structure of the original Revolve:R project and have further reflected upon the nature of our collaboration. In doing so our awareness and consideration of certain parallels and connections between the artworks has developed our insight into the act of co-creation and the phenomenon of collective consciousness.
Each Revolve:R edition is formed of six rounds, or Revolves (effectively forming six chapters within the bookwork publications), which follow the same pattern whereby a single 2D two-sided artwork of 21cm² is sent, by post, to a number of invited artists with the request that they respond with an artwork of their own by a specific date. Thus the initial artwork sets in motion a multitude of alternative creative responses reflecting the recipients’ various ways of reading, interpreting and responding.
Revolve:R, edition three (Arrow Bookworks & Intellect Books, Bristol, UK / Chicago, USA, 2018)
Bookwork: 21.7cm, 21.7cm, 4.9cm.
370 pages (194 Artworks, 15 Poems, 6 Films, 7 Soundscapes + Songs).
Card, cloth, DVD ROM, 170 gsm paper.
Limited edition /200.
Arrow Bookworks deboss, numbered and signed. Limited edition /60.
Revolve:R editions now feature within major public collections worldwide including:
Tate Artists’ Book Collection, Tate Britain, London, UK / MoMA Artists’ Book Collection, New York City, New York, USA / The British Library, London, UK / The National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London, UK / Newark Public Library, New Jersey, USA / Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, UK / Goldsmiths School of Art, London, UK / The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA / California Institute of the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA / Pratt Institute, New York City, New York, USA / MIT, Massachusetts, USA / The Neil Crawford Collection, London, UK / The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK / Artphilein Editions & Choisi Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland, CH / amongst others and private collections.
The project has also received funding or in-kind support from other galleries and cultural organisations including:Modus Operandi Art Consultants, London, UK / Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK / James Hockey & Foyer Galleries, Farnham, UK / Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK / Spike Island, Bristol, UK / Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK / a-n, UK / Axisweb, UK / Visual Arts South West, UK / Thank-you to all.
To view further images of this work see: Revolve:R, edition three
For more information about the project see: Revolve:R