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Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard: The 24 seven

Project Space Exhibition

26.11.2007 – 13.1.2008

Milton Keynes Gallery Young People's Project presented this exhibition by British artist duo Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard in the Milton Keynes Gallery Project Space from 26 November 2007 – 13 January 2008. The 24 seven was the first artist project to be commissioned and organised by the Young People's Project.


To realise the project, the artists invited seven participants to each wear a concealed video camera for 24 hours. The cameras record continuously, a silent witness to everything the participants see and do. Each of the seven young people actively taking part in the project becomes an agent of surveillance. The footage gathered during this exercise in covert documentation will be replayed in the Project Space in real time on the corresponding day of the week every day for the duration of the exhibition. The projection could be viewed from the street 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The MK Gallery Young People's Project committee became interested in working with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard because of the artists' experience of engaging with communities and social networks, as well as the interactivity central to much of their practice. The group were also especially interested in how their projects are mediated.


Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard met and began working collaboratively at Goldsmiths in the early nineties. They have exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent projects including a collaboration with Jason Pierce from the band Spiritualized for the Liverpool Biennial 2006 and a video installation commissioned for Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre, London in 2007. Forsyth and Pollard's work is included in public and private collections worldwide, including the Tate Gallery, London. Their interdisciplinary approach to art, music and 'liveness' has led to their continued engagement with the soundtrack underpinning contemporary life. Their universal yet highly personal strategies play out ideas of memory, performance and the mediated image in a challenging but highly accessible body of work.


Milton Keynes Gallery's Young People's Project aims to develop opportunities for young people to initiate and create exciting and challenging cultural projects and events with and for their peers, which may include visual art, music and film. A steering group of young people work alongside gallery staff, commissioning projects, liaising with professional artists, planning workshops and live events, whilst working to engage their peers and bring together young people from a wide variety of backgrounds, living in or near Milton Keynes. In the process they have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, including leadership, project management, technical, budgetary, fundraising, marketing, communications, social and life skills, likely to be of benefit when applying for university or future employment

Milton Keynes Gallery's Young People's Project is supported by a 3 year grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

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