Sluice magazine (Spring 2021)

The Institution

As a project matures it inevitably seeks sustainability which often involves bringing on board different stakeholders who in turn have their own stakeholders, each with their own interests. The singlular vision of the artist-led project can succumb to paralysis-by-committee. Whilst it’s not inevitable that compliance-culture and bureaucratisation must overtake all institutions it’s easy to drift in that direction if you’re not alive to the possibility.

The artist-led and the institution have a symbiotic relationship – each seeking validation from the other. When the establishment co-opts the grass-roots as seen in the 2021 Turner Prize nominations for instance, it raises the question of where and how should the artist-led position itself in response.

Certainly not all projects see a virtue in holding institutionalism at arm’s length – and by defining ourselves as artists we de facto position ourself within a certain institutional framework. But we think there’s something interesting about projects that have a certain institutional critique baked into their platform, or at least that are conscious of whether they’re outside the tent pissing in or inside the tent pissing on their own foot.

Feat: Susan Jones, studio1.1, Charlie Hawksfield, Ad de Jong, 3 137, London Arts Board, Alistair Gentry, Daniel Pryde-Jarman

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Sluice magazine (Autumn 2020)

The Library - the imperfect librarian

This edition of the Sluice magazine is dedicated to those that use the idea of the library to map our relationship with the State, with capitalism and with each other. 
In a digital environment where all knowledge is potentially available – the role of the librarian as a sifter, a curator, a gatekeeper of limitless information is crucial and of immense interest to artists. 
The Digital Commons has enabled everyone to become a librarian. Collating, curating and redistributing cultural and informational production. The Extended Mind thesis proposes our digital aids as extensions of our minds (with the interweb an example of extended cognition) in the same way as a prosthetic limb is an extension of one’s body. This suggests each individual as a walking library of Alexandria, limited solely by our personal cataloging abilities. 
The physical library has a utility, this is layered with the immaterial ideas swept up with the idea of the library – ideas of access, exclusion, inclusion, ownership, authority and narrative. Here we look at artists, collectives and independent initiatives tackling – tangentially or directly – these issues.

Feat: Duncan Poulton. Ruth Beale - Brent Biennial, Susan Francis - CAS Chapters, Ami Clarke - DAAP, Julie F Hill, Amanda Martin Katz - 3307 W Washington Blvd, Alistair Gentry, Clementine Butler-Gallie & Florence Devereux - Art of Change

Dimensions: (h x w) 280 x 210 mm, Extent 80 pp, Paper Type 120gsm, Cover: 

Paper Type 250gsm, Perfect Bound, ISSN 9772398839005, Print-run: 500, Published: December 2020, 10,00 £, digital: 5,00 £

Sluice magazine (Spring 2020)

The common good - in the shadow of covid

Shouldn’t acting on common sense result in the common good? Can the common good also be in the interests of the individual? Are the commons a useful mechanism by which to navigate society. What make up the commons, who owns the commons?

At its best artist-led culture is innately tied to the social, political and economic environment in which it exists. This edition of Sluice magazine focuses on the commons as both a place and a state of mind. Both of which are crucial for art to flourish.

Publishing a magazine during the long shadow of a global lockdown there’s a feeling that our enforced isolation has heightened our awareness of the importance of connectivity and our relationship to the commons.

The pandemic is exposing the bones of what constitutes the commons. The commons are activated when they are used and recognised and stood up for. This edition of Sluice magazine looks at artists and projects that recognise and navigate the commons as social processes of production and organisation rather than merely resources awaiting enclosure.

Feat: Swap Editions, SKELF, Jon Orlek, od Festival, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Giuseppe Marasco, Alistair Gentry, Andreas Backoefer

Dimensions: (h x w) 280 x 210 mm, Extent 80 pp, Paper Type 120gsm, Cover: 

Paper Type 250gsm, Perfect Bound, ISSN 9772398839005, Print-run: 500, Published: July 2020, 10,00 £, digital: 5,00 £


Art and Capital was the title of an article by Andreas Backoefer in the Spring/Summer 2020 edition of the Sluice magazine. Andreas used the subject of arts patronage in major development projects to explore different forms of capital.

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