Office of Experiments
Office of Experiments is a networked research studio, bringing together like-minded artists, curators, writers, technologists, activists, academics and autonomous researchers though projects and commissions.
Office of Experiments conducts rigorous visual research; site documentation, mapping, as well as remote fieldwork. This research places art in the context of historical and contemporary experimentation and draws on cultural and scientific ideas, methods and study.
This site contains selected projects that include some of our curated exhibitions and displays, as well as experiments in the form of offsite gallery work, bus tours, co-researched workshops, building of temporal assemblages, fieldwork, temporary site specific-architecture, expanded sculptural objects and temporary media installations.
Conceived by artist Neal White, the Office of Experiments first emerged in 2004 . Its founding principles were based on philosophical and historical concepts of experimentation first in art, later in experimental systems and epistemic things (Rheinberger). As a response to the period of instantiation and its context, the aim was to explore the conceptual boundary of a work of art in terms of collective practice, to work across disciplines and to explore more deeply emerging landscapes of science and technology.
We were influenced by a range of historic and contemporary artists and artist-led organisations on this journey,. This includes John Latham (evenometry is a description of time by Latham), O+I (White was on the board between 2007-9 – formerly known as Artist Placement Group UK) and following project work with organisations such as Center for Land Use Interpretation (USA), a number of other marginal institutions in UK and USA. The project was also supported from its inception by Arts Catalyst, a leading International transdisciplinary art agency based in London.
The experiment continues today in the form of an intermittent umbrella organisation for collective research led by the artist.
For a more detailed and academically focussed interview on Office of Experiments, read Jussi Parikka’s website here:
Office of Experiments individual projects have involved a range of artists, activists, architects and academics:
Neal White (UK), N55 (DK), Steve Rowell (USA), Tina O’Connell (UK & Ireland), Lisa Haskell (UK), Rob Smith (UK) and Anna Troisi (I/UK), Luce Choules (UK), Dr Kathrin Soldhju (DE), Professor Gail Davies (UK), Dr Dominic Walker (UK), Dr Nicholas Langlitz (DE/USA).
With long terms support from a range of staff at Arts Catalyst.
Thanks to Arts Catalyst for facilitating projects since 2004.
Our other thanks are broad, but crucially include collaborators and supporters:
Tina O’Connell (IE), John Latham and Flat Time House, Sophie Olfers (DE), Elisa Kay, Antony Hudek (BE), Sarah Andrews, Barbara Steveni, Sue Breakell, Donald Smith, Jens Hauser and Simon Gould.
With special thanks to activists and autonomous researchers, such as Mike Kenner.
CREAM at University of Westminster, The Latham Estate, O+I (formerly Artist Placement Group), The Centre for Land Use Interpretation, The Henry Moore Foundation, Arts Council England, Camberwell Offsite Projects, John Hansard Gallery, SCAN, Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Art, Max-Planck Institute, The Media School at Bournemouth University, FACT, Liverpool
Projects Supported by:
Arts Council of England
Henry Moore Institute
Portikus – Stadehschule, Frankfurt – Germany
Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp
Austrian Science Fund
Flat Time House – The Latham Foundation
Center for Land Use Interpretation
CREAM at University of Westminster
UAL: Camberwell & Chelsea
FACT – Liverpool
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Museum of London
Heritage Lottery Fund