The keynote presentation considered what artists and designers can do to prevent globalisation and whether there have to be some tangible ‘outcomes’ to an artist’s work. The presentation was made shortly after Cotterrells return from his second research period in Afghanistan and attempted to reconcile the contradictions and parallels witnessed within planning in transitional and uncertain environments.
A short Radio 4 feature exploring the contemporary relevance of the Two Minute Silence.
The programme includes David Cotterrell, professor of fine art at Sheffield Hallam University and war artist for the British troops in Afghanistan, who has marked the two-minute silence both in Camp Bastion and, inadvertently, at Sheffield railway station, on his return from the front line; Billy Stanger from Orkney who has played The Last Post at Remembrance Day services in Kirkwall for the past 57 years; and Dave "Charley" Brown, a veteran of both the Falklands conflict and the Northern Ireland Troubles, who now works for the South Atlantic Medals Association which helps Falklands veterans and their families.
Every Remembrance Day, during the two-minute silence, Clare Jenkins's mother remembers her father, Clare's grandfather, who was wounded during the early days of the First World War on the Mons Retreat from Belgium.
Meanwhile, Bill Stewardson thinks of a far more recent conflict, the one taking place in Iraq. His 21-year-old son, Alex Green, was killed by a sniper in Basra two years ago. In this programme, Clare Jenkins talks to her mother, to Bill Stewardson and to David Cotterrell and others about their personal reasons for respecting the two-minute silence.
It may be 90 years since King George V decreed: "All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead." However, the silence still resonates with millions, not just in Britain but around the world.
A short BBC TV interview, documentary and extracts from a panel discussion focusing on the work, 'Borrowed Time' installed at the ICA, London for the 2002 Beck's Futures Prize exhibition.
This programme was one of a series broadcast by the BBC to introduce the work of the Beck's finalists to a broader audience. Each of the artists were interviewed for the programmes. This clip focussed on David Cotterrell and his work Borrowed Time, which was reinstalled at the ICA for the first stage of the touring group exhibition. It is followed by extracts from a panel discussion involving the director of the ICA, Phillip Dodd, Time Out Arts Editor, Sarah Kent and the Times Newspaper's Chief Art Critic, Rachel Campbell-Johnston. The discussion chaired by Samira Ahmed exposes the polarised response that the exhibition that year, had generated within the British press.
Video Documentation of David Cotterrell and Dr Ken Arnold's contribution to a public event through the exploration of the collaborative challenges and issues raised through the development of the War and Medicine exhibition and the associated war artist residency with British Forces in Afghanistan.
This event took place on the 26th May 2009. It was the second evening in the Salon Conversations: Collaboration series of presentations, panel discussions and open debate. Set in a former Georgian drawing room in the heart of today's Architectural Association, the exhibition Salon aims to restore the room to its original function as a place of stimulating conversation and the pursuit of knowledge.
AA School Director Brett Steele hosted a series of conversations between pairs of collaborators who discuss their joint projects as well as the joys and pitfalls of working together. With Dr Ken Arnold (Wellcome Collection) + David Cotterrell (Artist); Patrick Dickinson (film director) + Andrew Graham Dixon (art critic); Richard Wentworth (artist) + Kit Grover (designer).
Footage Courtesy of The Architectural Association, recorded by Nick Wayne.