Virtue Foils

Virtue_Bookmarks_header ‘Virtue Foils’ was a short program of five videos that I curated after being asked to screen a work in conjunction with a reading by a group of young writers from Syracuse’s renowned writing community. The collection of video works all feature artists working in some way with text and image relations, and were generally irreverent in tone.

The program was:
1) “Star, Light, Nothing” Eeva Siivonen (Finland) 2014
2) “The Blazed World” Neven Lochhead (Canada) 2015
3) “Grading Greek Philosophers” Gary Kibbins (Canada) 2014
4) “The Reality of Karren Apple” Alex McNamee (UK) 2014
5) “The Fine Arts” Duke and Battersby (USA) 2002

The screening took place on Feb. 26th, 2015, at Spark Art Space in Syracuse NY.


Spark Contemporary Art Space


Spark Contemporary Art Space is a venue that has been in and out of activity over the past ten years in Syracuse. It comprises of two, attached rooms, both with street-presence. Over the years, independent curators, promoters, artists and collectives have used the space to host their own distinct events. It continues to remain a crucial part of the Syracuse community, allowing for the more adventurous artistic and curatorial endeavours to be realised, tested, and received. As of late August 2014, I began running the space as the coordinator.

Eyelid Reports


Alex McNamee and Ode de Kort (above) are two of the artists included in a collaborative publication Eyelid Reports, which was produced by the participants of the Artist’s Research Laboratory in Como, Italy last summer at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti. In this publication, released by Mousse (Milan) at Frieze London 2014, I have three short prose works, including “Had the Nightingale Not Arrived,” an imagined evening in John Keats’ bedroom where the object of his desire never does swim into his ken.