Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
Anyone else isn't you

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Anyone else isn't you (installation view)
Anyone else isn't you (installation view)

Anyone else isn't you is a new video work made specifically to debut at The Hospital in Covent Garden, London. Part of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's ongoing Precious Little series, the exhibition also featured earlier related works, Everybody else is wrong made in 2004 for Pavilion in Montreal and Fucked up lover made in 2001 for Hobbypop Museum in Dusseldorf.

The Hospital reception and gallery entrance
The Hospital reception and gallery entrance

Anyone else isn't you is a 30 minute unscripted portrait of fourteen young people talking directly to the camera about love and loss. Iain and Jane use the premise of the homemade compilation cassette ('mix tapes') as a trigger to spark their subjects into talking candidly, the dymanic pace of editing blurs narratives and heightens the subject's oscillations between brash self-confidence and crushing uneasiness. Iain and Jane describe the mix tape as "personally curated mnemonic archives". Watch a short online video excerpt of the work.

Everybody else is wrong (installation view)
Everybody else is wrong (installation view)

Fucked up lover (installation view)
Fucked up lover (installation view)

The exhibition catalogue includes three specially commissioned new texts:

The music is all that matters and love is everything by Momus

Tape Me I'm Yours by Steve Lamacq

Anonymous Lovers: The public and the personal in Anyone else isn't you by JJ Charlesworth

Distributing the Anyone else isn't you catalogue at The Hospital
Distributing the Anyone else isn't you catalogue at The Hospital

Momus was born in Scotland and currently lives in Berlin. Since 1986 he's made sixteen albums of electronic folk music. He writes for American style and design publications like Vice, Index, Design Observer and AIGA Voice. He's currently working on a book about photoblogging to be published later this year by Thames and Hudson.

Presenter of Radio 1's flagship music programme Lamcq live and weekdays 4-7pm on BBC 6Music, Steve Lamacq is a trusted pioneer of new British music. He joined the NME in November 1987 as a sub-editor and became live editor in 1991 where he developed a reputation for discovering new bands. He's continued writing througout his radio career and published his autobiographical book Going Deaf For a Living in October 2000.

JJ Charlesworth writes regularly on contemporary art for magazines such as Art Monthly, Modern Painters and Art Review in Britain, ArtText in America and Flash Art, and has written on art for the Daily Telegraph. In 2004 he was a selector for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition. He has just started a new contemporary art magazine, entitled The Future and was recently appointed curator at Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury.

The reading room in the gallery at The Hospital
The reading room in the gallery at The Hospital

Iain and Jane were invited to select material for the reading room in the gallery at The Hospital. Asked to list books that have in some way been an influence on them, they chose:

Lusts of a Moron by Momus
Never Apologise by Lindsay Anderson
Sonata for Jukebox by Geoffrey O'Brien
This is Pop by Ed Jones
Tape Delay by Charles Neal
Love All The People by Bill Hicks and John Lahr
The Reality Effect by Joel Black
Freakshow! First Person Media and Factual Television by Jon Dovey
Stars Don't Stand Still In The Sky: Music and Myth edited by Karen Kelly and Evelyn McDonnell
Album by Nick de Ville
Young and Foolish by Alistair Fitchett
Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
Don't Tell Me The Truth About Love by Dan Rhodes
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Everybody else is wrong and Anyone else isn't you (installation view)
Everybody else is wrong and Anyone else isn't you (installation view)

JJ Charlesworth's essay for the catalogue focussed specifically on the public and personal in the project.

"... Iain and Jane work past the dead-end assumptions about authenticity which much performance and video art has too long struggled with, as much as post-modernism's celebrations of simulation and the endless copy. What they offer is a curious truth about 'being real' today, where the more we try to access it, the more it becomes a representation separated from us. In the absence of other, more concrete forms of association and of action, we are always threatened with disappearing into an endless circuit of individualised similarity. Anyone else is a song that points us to everything its subjects are, outside the frame, beyond the video screen, and beyond the words of the lyric sheet; life that is always more than the soundtrack that goes with it." More...

JJ Charlesworth, Anyone else isn't you catalogue

Watch a short online video excerpt of the work.

Following on from the exhibition at The Hospital, JJ Charlesworth, curator at the University College for the Creative Arts, selected the exhibition to be presented at the George Rodger Gallery at Maidstone. To accomany this presentation a new online project was specially commissioned: www.anyoneelseisntyou.com

Exterior view of The Hospital in Covent Garden
Exterior view of The Hospital in Covent Garden

Anyone else isn't you
The Hospital
24 Endell Street
Covent Garden
London WC2H 9HQ

3rd June - 2nd July 2005
Open 12 noon to 6 pm daily. Free admission
For more information, visit the Hospital web site:
www.thehospital.co.uk/gallery

touring to...

George Rodger Gallery
University College for the Creative Arts (formerly KIAD)
Oakwood Park
Maidstone
Kent ME16 8AG

27th October - 9th December
Open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Artists’ lecture: Tuesday 15 November, 5pm, Lecture Theatre
For more information, visit the University web site:
www.kiad.ac.uk/exhibitions/set.htm

Download the Maidstone press release here (pdf format).

Online project commissioned by JJ Charlesworth for the University College for the Creative Arts: anyoneelseisntyou.com

 

 

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Anyone Else isn't you catalogue
Cover of catalogue

Excerpt: "Iain and Jane work past the dead-end assumptions about authenticity which much performance and video art has too long struggled with, as much as post-modernism's celebrations of simulation and the endless copy. What they offer is a curious truth about 'being real' today, where the more we try to access it, the more it becomes a representation separated from us." More...

Works in the show
Anyone Else isn't you
Everybody else is wrong
Fucked up lover

Click to watch

Online project
anyoneelseisntyou.com

Related essays
'Anonymous Lovers' JJ Charlesworth, 2005
'The music is all that matters...'
Momus, 2005

'Tape Me I'm Yours'
Steve Lamacq, 2005

'Love letter, love letter'
Dan Howard-Birt, 2001

Related shows
Biennale!
Yugoslav Biennial
Everybody else is wrong
Modern Love in London
Modern Love in Dusseldorf

Online Articles
Steve Lamacq in The Guardian
The Londonist

Related sites
The Hospital
George Rodger Gallery

Writer's sites
Momus
Steve Lamacq
JJ Charlesworth

 

 
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