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.
INCON with(20)…of 21, in 22…
Curated by Neil Ferguson & Fredrix Vermin
Doing Numbers…… part of the 21st Brockley Max Festival, June 2022.
Friday 3rd June, 5.30 – 8.00pm and Saturday 4th June, 2.30 – 6.00pm
Doing Numbers… acknowledges and invites previous collaborators to celebrate the twentieth In Conversation with… event, INCON(20), by providing work using, containing or about numbers.
INCON with(19)…Neil Ferguson & Clare French
b aSI ca lly Bauhaus
b aSI ca lly Bauhaus is a collaboration between two artists under the aegis of INCON with…, a series of collaborations conceived and established over 7 years by Neil Ferguson.
b aSI ca lly Bauhaus reinvestigates foundational Bauhaus qualities of experiment, play, irreverence and liveliness rather than slick, Modernist design and dogma.
Pause Translation – Continue Translation
Neil Ferguson & Will Peck …unexpected occurrences.
”The work followed a trail of interaction between humans and computers. By passing texts, sounds, and images into computational languages that the program designers didn’t plan, the software used threw out unexpected information.
The projected images are scans of linear drawings initially made in response to sounds generated by a score writer program.
Later the words produced by the Image > Text translator application were fed back into a score writer software, generating a new sound file.
Next, this file was converted from .mp3 to .doc format and back again.
Within the exhibition space, the digital equipment created randomized orders of images and sounds, creating a short-lived iteration of a potentially infinite chain of translations.”
INCON with(17)…”Public Hanging”…
Neil Ferguson & Maciej Blazejewski
18th & 19th June 2021
…an event featuring daily drawing exchanges between Neil Ferguson & Maciej Blazejewski since 14th October 2020 and 17th June 2021
”Public Hanging”, was a collaborative, collective presentation by the audience from the 452 black pen drawings available. No aims, few words, no titles… just drawing .
The audience hung their selections and taste in public.
INCON with(16)…Neil Ferguson and Jenni Hodgson
… conversation through painting.
4th-6th September 2020
It can be too easily ignored how much painters make reference to other paintings and painterly practices.
INCON with(16)…displayed16 circular paintings, painted in alternative stages without verbal or written communication between the collaborators.
INCON with(16)…arose as an attempt to highlight their interests in specific paintings or painters.
INCON with(16)…was a collaboratively produced set of paintings exploring freedom and restrictions in an agreed painting system.
INCON with(16)…allowed each painting its independence through a directed system of production.
INCON with(15)… Neil Ferguson and Amanda Francis
230 steps between…
4th & 5th October 2019
INCON with(14)… Neil Ferguson and Calum Storrie
TING FOR DOT
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.
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
Images from INCON with(13)…
INCON with(12)… at IN Conversation with…
“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.
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
…an opportunity to play unique musical instruments and make sounds from abstract drawings.
drawing things, plucking strings, making “tings’ and ‘pings”
How senses sound….?
IN Conversation with(9) …Neil Ferguson & Gareth Jones
Incidents from Dungeness
Raw INCIDENTS: decisions in an inhospitable environment.
3rd & 4th March 2018
Sunday 4th March, Discussion 3.00pm – 4.00pm
“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
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.
IN Conversation with(7)…
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.
IN Conversation with(6)…
Neil Ferguson, Peter Bromley & Matthew Vincent-Townend
12th & 13th November, 2016
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
Neil Ferguson In Conversation with (3)…Lucy McGeown
“Ivy Road is an Artwork”
12th & 13th March 2016
Neil Ferguson In Conversation with (2)… Matthew Vincent-Townend
21st & 22nd November 2015
Neil Ferguson In Conversation with (1)…Fred Vernon
October 17th & 18th October 2015