Is a series of collaborative events engaging with, machines, film, imagining, technology, power, politics, industry, humour, waste and fun.

To provide structures for artistic engagement, exchange and discussion.

IN CON with(15)…Neil Ferguson and Amanda Francis

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4th &  5th October 2019


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IN CON with(14)…Neil Ferguson and Calum Storrie


7th June AND  8th June 2019

Redacting texts,…applying thinglyness to “things”
…organizing meaninglessness in “things”?

Ferguson and Storrie  redacted a variety of publications from Beckett plays and short stories to free gallery handout sheets, cookbooks and detective novels.
…TING FOR DOT was an interactive event where the audience were asked to apply their own redacting systems to TING FOR DOT texts.

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INCON with(13)…Neil Ferguson & Karen Turner

“The Same but Different”…at Cavespace

2nd of 2 different events in 2 different venues.

25-29 October, 2018

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“THE Same but different “…,
13th, 14th October 2018

“Art is not there simply to be understood. … It is more the sense of an indication or suggestion” . Joseph Beuys
The events were set up around composed sets of simple and complex visual compositions and assemblages.
The works look to induce “non-sense”, NOT reduce through a shared understanding.
THE Same but different “…makes looking “irrational “, producing “surrational” events that go beyond the rational in “recognised sense” and open up the opportunity to apply the “non-sense” in our thinking.
At each event the viewer is invited to form their own sense out of our 5 point, 5 object rule.
The 5 point rule directing our decision making is taken from Miro’s sketchbook drawings linking the 5 points of a human cell to narratives in figurative movement and structure, thus allowing objects or drawings to evoke wider considerations and narratives than simply through their component parts and construction. Allying this Miro’s 5 point rule to a concentrated, analytical, Beuysian exploration of the historical materiality in things and their making, allows expansive potential in engaging with our works.
“THE Same but different “… 2 very different events in 2 different venues.




IN Conversation with(11)…wrong for the right reasons

Neil Ferguson, Maciej Blazejewski and Fredrix Vermin…

“We know what we are doing…but… we can be wrong for the right reasons.”
Friday 8th June, 6 – 9pm, Saturday 9th June 5 – 8pm, 2018



IN Conversation with(10)… Neil Ferguson and Drew Adams
DRAWINGS into INSTRUMENTS… into MUSIC… a TRANSFORMATION PROCESS … an interactive workshop.
Saturday 28th April 2018 2.30 – 5.30pm
Sunday 29th April 2018 2.30 – 5.30pm

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…an opportunity to play unique musical instruments and make sounds from abstract drawings.

drawing things, plucking strings, making “tings’ and ‘pings”
drumming, strumming,
How senses sound….?



IN Conversation with(9) …Neil Ferguson & Gareth Jones

“Raw Rewards”,

Incidents from Dungeness

Raw INCIDENTS: decisions in an inhospitable environment.

3rd & 4th March 2018
Sunday 4th March, Discussion 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Dungeness Blog

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Balance Graph Blog

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The Reward:
“If we had not done what we did at Dungeness we would not know what we know now. We would not have that knowledge.”

The collaboration involved walking on the stony barren beaches of Dungeness in mid December 2017 in seasonal, but wholly inhospitable weather; locating ourselves in particular unsheltered spots that anchored, drove and shaped our actions.

All actions were relative to the circumstances, directed by the environment. Records were made on pre-prepared paper working only with what was found, extracted, mined in the cold, wet and windy conditions. These “works” looked to capture the moments of their production where scraping, grinding and pulling boards across rocks and sand left “histories”, capturing the physical and sensory connections involved. Would they reflect what was being felt? Would the outcomes measure up with the sensorial difficulties?

“Raw Rewards”, Incidents from Dungeness, are products of “touching with the earth”, where the environment refuses interaction – sandwiched between the savagery of the elements and the coping strategies for recording in extreme discomfort. No transference of pleasantries…more the exhilaration of coping with raw difficulty; strategies sustaining efforts “keeping us out there”.


In Conversation with(8)…a Play

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The 2 Act play took the form of a meeting on previous meetings about writing a play as an artwork.

…a play as a continual play about writing our play.

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Beyond Controls is formed out of 10 sets of 32 drawings.

From initial lines, each drawing was scanned, emailed and printed to be developed further by hand. The repetitive nature of these procedures regularly exposed the limitations and idiosyncratic qualities of scanning and printing.

The structure of the collaboration would always be infinite, sequences without final drawings, statements held in digitized time. Cycles of series that cannot be closed, like circles that cannot be joined.


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IN Conversation with(6)…


Neil Ferguson, Peter Bromley & Matthew Vincent-Townend

12th & 13th November, 2016


IN Conversation with(6)…DuchampING




IN Conversation with(6)…DuchampING





IN Conversation with (5)…


Neil Ferguson, Maciej Blazejewski & Fred Vernon

1st & 2nd October 2016




IN Conversation with (4)…

” From Where YOU Sit

Neil Ferguson, John T. Freeman, Hugh Gilmour, Irene Godfrey & Qing Qi

16th & 17th April 2016


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IN Conversation with…(4), “From Where YOU Sit”. 2016


IN Conversation with…(4), “From Where YOU Sit”. 2016


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Neil Ferguson In Conversation with (3)…Lucy McGeown

“Ivy Road is an Artwork”

12th  & 13th March 2016

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Neil Ferguson In Conversation with (2)… Matthew Vincent-Townend

“Circulating Air”

21st & 22nd November 2015

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IN CONVERSATION with Matt Vincent-Townend




Neil Ferguson In Conversation with (1)…Fred Vernon

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