Iain born Manchester, UK, 1973
Jane born Newcastle, UK, 1972
Met and studied in London, UK
BA Fine Art & Art Theory – Goldsmiths College, 1992-95
MA Fine Art – Goldsmiths College, 2002-04
Live and work in London, UK
Represented by Kate MacGarry
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard met and began working collaboratively at Goldsmiths. They initially became known for their recreations of highly-charged cultural moments which pioneered the use of re-enactment within contemporary visual art over a series of major live art commissions at London’s ICA in the late nineties. This body of work culminated in their critically acclaimed A Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide (1998), a painstakingly faithful live re-creation of David Bowie’s final performance as Ziggy Stardust, 25 years after the original event.
They have since continued to employ the mechanics of liveness and repetition while shifting focus to work predominantly with video and sound installation. In 2003 they produced File under Sacred Music a remake of an infamous bootleg of The Cramps playing at Napa State Mental Institute, California in 1978. The artists meticulously re-staged this performance with an audience from local mental health arts organisations, in order to re-shoot each pan, tilt, zoom and jitter of the original document.
Performance and music culture plays a significant role in their work, and this has led to some notable collaborations. Their video Walking After Acconci features the young rapper and actor Plan B (aka Ben Drew), appearing on screen for the first time. Silent Sound, their live performance and ambisonic installation was scored by Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) and when re-presented at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2007 was described as “one of the fair’s biggest word-of-mouth hits” by the New York Times. They have established an ongoing working relationship with Nick Cave, with their various projects together including producing the 3D audiobook of his recent novel and directing a series of 14 short films, Do you love me like I love you.
In 2009 the British Film Institute commissioned a major project, Radio Mania, their first stereoscopic work – a multi-screen 3D video installation with ambisonic 3D sound and a cast including Kevin Eldon, Caroline Catz and Fenella Fielding. Crossing the illusion of cinema with the presence of theatre the work conjures a psychological, conceptual and physical state between reality and hallucination.
Last year marked Forsyth & Pollard’s first public solo show, Publicsfear, presented at South London Gallery and Soon, their first major public commission for the City of Toronto, as well as Romeo Echo Delta, a radio broadcast re-working of War of the Worlds for the BBC. Their work is collected by museums and institutions worldwide, including the Tate Gallery and the Government Art Collection. In 2012 they were shortlisted for the inaugural Samsung Art+ Prize.
Their first feature film, 20,000 Days on Earth, premiered at Sundance in January 2014, winning the Directing and Editing Awards. The film, backed by Film4, BFI, Corniche Pictures and Pulse Films, features Nick Cave alongside Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone, with an original score by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis.
Iain & Jane on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Forsyth_and_Jane_Pollard