Exhibitions / Events
High Street Casualties:
Ellie Harrison’s Zombie Walk
Ort Gallery, 500-504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9AH
High Street Casualties: Ellie Harrison’s Zombie Walk is a new and ambitious performance / event in collaboration with Ort Gallery. On Saturday 11th April 2015, High Street Casualties brought to life the ‘creative destructive’ forces of capitalism on Birmingham’s busy shopping streets. Dressed in the torn and faded uniforms of Woolworths, MFI, Borders, JJB Sports, Blockbuster, Phones 4U and more, an army of over sixty 'zombie employees' made their way from the former sites of these now defunct businesses, through the City Centre, before amassing and descending on Ort Gallery at dusk for a Zombie Ball. The High Street Casualties exhibition continues at Ort Gallery until 30th May 2015, documenting both the aftermath and the 'making of' the event and featuring the première of the short film of the project by Tamás Kiss and photography by Marcin Sz & Marta Sobilo.
The Leisure Principle
Arsenale Docks, San Pietro di Castello 40, 30122 Venice, Italy
9th May 2015 - 26th July 2015, Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 - 18:00
Ellie Harrison is one of the nine artists commissioned to design a crazy golf hole for Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf project, curated by EM15 and presented as one of the collateral events at this year’s Venice Biennale. The nine artists are: Eyal & Ines Weizman, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Lindsay Seers, Hetain Patel, Candice Jacobs, Ellie Harrison, Doug Fishbone, Yara El-Sherbini and John Akomfrah.
Ethics: Extremism & Compromise
Ethics: Extremism & Compromise - a talk by Ellie Harrison for Artquest’s Practice 360° programme at Camden Arts Centre in London. Ever since her early works, such as Eat 22 (for which she photographed everything she ate for a year), there has been a blurring between Ellie Harrison’s life and work, and an ongoing struggle to balance the two. Over the last six years, as her work has become more politicised, she has developed ever more extreme systems and rules to enable her to live her values (minimise her impact on the world) and be as efficient as possible (maximise her work time) - pushing out all unnecessary objects and relationships as a result. In this talk, she will discuss how this rational path of continual ‘progress’ became ultimately, ironically, ‘unsustainable’, and how at a certain point she had to try to learn to compromise in order to survive.
Dark Days was the outcome of Ellie Harrison’s year as Associate Artist at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow to coincide with the gallery’s participation in her Early Warning Signs project in 2014 - 2015. The event took place overnight on Friday 13th February 2015 and aimed to hint towards a time in the future when our big municipal buildings may need to be re-imagined / re-used for alternative purposes, by inviting 100 people to spend the night together in GoMA’s great hall as part of a pop-up community.
28th January - 6th April 2015
Ellie Harrison’s 2006 work Timelines, for which she attempted to document everything she did, 24 hours a day, for four weeks, was exhibited in Berlin as part of Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life - a group show exploring our understanding and relationship to work curated by FACT in Liverpool and presented at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) as part of the 2015 Transmediale Festival: CAPTURE ALL. The exhibition featured work by Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Ellie Harrison, Tehching Hsieh, Sam Meech and Oliver Walker and was accompanied by the Time & Motion panel discussion at Transmediale with the artists and chaired by Mike Stubbs.
1st August - 18th October 2014
Ellie Harrison was co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Talbot Rice Gallery to produce After the Revolution, Who Will Clean Up the Mess? - a new installation / event completely contingent on the result of the Referendum on Scottish Independence on 18th September 2014. The work, which comprised four huge confetti cannons primed and ready to be detonated only in the event of a YES vote, was installed in Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh as part of the group exhibition Counterpoint. Staged as part of the Scotland-wide Generation programme, Counterpoint featured works by Ross Birrell, Alec Finlay, Andy Miller, Ellie Harrison, Keith Farquhar, Shona Mcnaughton, Michelle Hannah and Craig Mulholland.
Part of the Game
Sportverein, In den Ministergärten 2, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Friday 29th August 2014, 16:00 - 18:00
Elite Athletes Parade around Potsdamer Platz from 15:00
To coincide with Earth Overshoot Day this summer, Ellie Harrison presented The Global Race - a new performance / event using Segways to offer a comical critique of human ‘progress’; highlighting the resources wasted by continual needless technological ‘innovation’. It was staged in central Berlin on 29th August 2014 as part of nGbK’s Part of the Game project curated by Claudia Burbaum, Angus Cameron, Berit Fischer, Folke Köbberling, Pia Lanzinger and Olivia Plender. Part of the Game features contributions by: Freee, Ellie Harrison, Folke Köbberling & Tricia Middleton, Brandon LaBelle, Pia Lanzinger and transparadiso, taking place throughout the city in August - September 2014.
12th April - 4th May 2014
Ellie Harrison showed the film of her recent performance Anti-Capitalist Aerobics as part of the group show Definite Motion at Generator Projects in Dundee, which brought together practices that model and resist forms of capitalist exchange. The exhibition featured: Danilo Correale, Ellie Harrison, Toril Johannessen, A-1 53167 (Anibal López), Anna Moreno, Fernando Sanchez and Kosta Tonev.
Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life
12th December 2013 - 9th March 2014
In 2006 Ellie Harrison undertook her last intensive ‘data collecting’ project, attempting to document everything she did, 24 hours a day, for four weeks. The Timelines that resulted from this process were exhibited for the first time as part of Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life - a group show at FACT in Liverpool exploring our understanding and relationship to work. Co-curated by the Royal College of Art’s Creative Exchange (CX) Hub, the exhibition features work by Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Harun Farocki, Electroboutique, Blake Fall-Conroy, Ellie Harrison, Gregory Barsamian, Mari Velonaki, Andrew Norman Wilson & Aily Nash, Oliver Walker, Molleindustria, Sam Meech, Stephanie Rothenberg & Jeff Crouse, The Creative Exchange and Adrian McEwen.
Ellie Harrison premiered her new performance Anti-Capitalist Aerobics at Invisible Dust’s Ways of Seeing Climate Change conference at St. James Buildings in Manchester on 30th October 2013, and again that evening at a special event at Manchester Museum. Both events formed part of the Manchester Science Festival and featured presentations by climate scientists and commentators Kevin Anderson, Dr Grant Allen, Dame Nancy Rothwell and John Vidal, alongside talks and performances by artists and curators Faisal Abdu’Allah, David Malone, Jordan Kaplan, Mariele Neudecker, Erinma Ochu, Adam Chodzko, Ellie Harrison, Owl Project and Tim Spooner.
The Other Forecast
26th October 2013 onwards
The Other Forecast is a new project by Ellie Harrison and John O’Shea made in response to the MediaCityUK site at Salford Quays (home to the new BBC and ITV studios). On Friday 25th October, six artists - Richard DeDomenici, Ellie Harrison, Shona Macnaughton, Kim Noble, John O’Shea and Yuri Pattison - were invited to MediaCityUK to create their own take on the familiar ‘weather forecast’. Recorded LIVE in front of a greenscreen in one single take, they each explained to camera the interconnectedness of a variety of local and global systems - not just meteorological, but social, political or financial - presenting a different ‘worldview’ from their own personal perspective. As part of the Quays Culture Open Day on Saturday 26th October, Ellie Harrison and John O’Shea hosted a live chatshow-style event in the Digital Performance Lab at the University of Salford at MediaCityUK premiering each of the six The Other Forecast films, followed by a Q&A with each of the artists.
21st June - 28th July 2013
Ellie Harrison showed her 2011 installation Austerity & Anarchy in this group show exploring survivalist culture and creation mythology co-curated by MadLab and featuring contributions from Anne-Marie Culhane, Dark Mountain, GameJam Collective, HAcMan Collective, Ellie Harrison, Rowena Hughes, Aliyah Hussain, Sam Meech, SpecFic Collective and Volkov Commanders. The exhibition launch also marked the beginning of Castlefield Gallery’s six month stint looking after one of Ellie’s four Early Warning Signs, which will remain installed outside the gallery for the rest of 2013.
Money after Money / Credit Game 2013
2nd - 26th May 2013
Ellie’s installation The History of Financial Crises, created in 2009 at the start of the global financial crises, featured as part of this group show at Eye of Gyre in Tokyo curated by Yukiko Shikata alongside works by Andy Warhol, Christin Lahr, Nitipak Samsen, Julieta Aranda & Anton Vidokle and Joseph Beuys.
Data as Culture
30th November 2012 - 22nd November 2013
By appointment only, FREE
Open Data Institute, 3rd Floor, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE
Ellie Harrison’s Vending Machine is now on semi-permanent display in London at the newly opened offices of the Open Data Institute as part of the Data as Culture exhibition curated by MzTEK, which features works by Ellie Harrison, Semiconductor, La Société Anonyme, Stanza, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Phil Archer, Martin John Callanan, Ben Garrod and Benedikt Groß & Bertrand Clerc.
Late at Tate Britain
Friday 5th October 2012
18.00 - 22.00, FREE
Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
For one night only, come and catch The Redistribution of Wealth - a brand new installation by Ellie Harrison which aims to retell the history of government spending on the arts from the birth of the ‘Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts’ (CEMA) in 1940, right up to the present day climate of cutbacks. Researched and developed specially for New Work Network’s Acts of Legacy event at Late at Tate Britain, the The Redistribution of Wealth will be accompanied by a special playlist of music surveying the same historical period created by artist Barby Asante and presented alongside performances, film, music and discussion by Richard Layzell, Hunt & Darton, Fiona Templeton, Jordan McKenzie & Aaron Williamson and The Saturday Arts Club.
22nd September - 13th October 2012
Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 - 18:00
PREVIEW: Friday 21st September 2012, 18:00 - 21:00
Intermedia Gallery, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
This group exhibition at the CCA will show the outcomes of Glasgow Women’s Library’s 20th anniversary project - Two Decades of Changing Minds - for which they commissioned twenty of Scotland’s leading female contemporary artists to make new work in response to their collection. It will offer in insight into Ellie Harrison’s period as artist-in-residence at the library which resulted in the launch of the National Museum of Roller Derby project, alongside the work produced by the other artists taking part: Sam Ainsley, Claire Barclay, Ruth Barker, Karla Black, Nicky Bird, Ashley Cook, Delphine Dallison, Kate Davis, Fiona Dean, Helen de Main, Kate Gibson, Elspeth Lamb, Shauna McMullan, Jacki Parry, Ciara Phillips, Lucy Skaer, Corin Sworn, Sharon Thomas, Amanda Thomson and Sarah Wright.
Edinburgh Art Festival
2nd August - 2nd September 2012
Festival Pavilion, St. Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD
For five Fridays in August, Ellie Harrison and Oliver Braid broadcast their lunchtime radio programme - the Ellie & Oliver Show - LIVE from the Edinburgh Art Festival. To celebrate their final Friday 31st August 2012, they presented Ellie & Oliver’s Afternoon Special - a daytime disco in the Festival Pavilion at St. Andrew Square Gardens. They offered visitors the opportunity to dance through their lunch breaks and to sample the ‘best falafel in Edinburgh’, supplied by Palmyra Pizza - the winner of Ellie & Oliver’s prestigious Falafel Friday lunchclub award.
Glasgow Women’s Library
From January - September 2012, Ellie Harrison was artist-in-residence at Glasgow Women’s Library where she devised, developed and launched the new National Museum of Roller Derby collection for the library as part of its 20th anniversary project Two Decades of Changing Minds. During this period she gave two performance / talks at the library, which document the development of her ideas.
Experimenting With Clouds
12th May 2012 - 9th June 2012 (continuing until 18th November 2012)
Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 18:00
RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland
Following its seven venue tour of England, Scotland and Wales, Ellie’s Vending Machine has made its way to Ireland. Initially shown at Glitch Festival as part of the group exhibition ‘Experimenting With Clouds’ featuring work by Alan Butler, Andreas Nicolas Fischer, Ellie Harrison, Lucy Kimbell, Joanna Kane and David McAllister, the Vending Machine will remain installed at RUA RED on a semi-permanent basis until late 2012.
Ha Ha Road
3rd December 2011 - 11th March 2012
Ellie’s Vending Machine featured in this touring exhibition exploring humour in art curated by Dave Ball and Sophie Springer, which launched at QUAD in Derby (from 12th August - 23rd October 2011), before travelling to Oriel Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno. The show included work by Boris Achour, Chantal Akerman, Bobby Baker, Dave Ball, Anna & Bernhard Blume, Stella Capes, Yara El Sherbini, Fischli & Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Rodney Graham, Ellie Harrison, Debbie Lawson, Mike Marshall, Kirsten Pieroth, Pipilotti Rist, Mathew Sawyer, Ariel Schlesinger, Hank Schmidt in der Beek, Michael Shaw, Roman Signer, Charles Stankievech, Annika Ström, Bedwyr Williams, Dan Witz and Erwin Wurm.
1st November - 17th December 2011
This solo show at the new Vane Gallery space in Newcastle was presented as part of Wunderbar 2011 and brought together three works by Ellie Harrison made over the last two years - A Brief History of Privatisation, The History of Financial Crises and Transactions - which aimed to illustrate and explore aspects of the recent history of capitalism and our role within it. The launch event on Monday 31st October featured a second special ‘tour’ of A Brief History of Privatisation by comedian Josie Long. The exhibition was accompanied by a specially commissioned text by Laurie Penny.
I’ll Look Forward To It
19th November - 18th December 2011
Ellie created a new work The End Product especially for this group exhibition orchestrated by artist Oliver Braid for Collective in Edinburgh as part of the New Work Scotland programme. The show featured works by Rachel Barron, Ellie Harrison, Katie McCain, Joanna Waclawski and James Stephen Wright.
Emerging Artists Award
7th - 23rd October 2011
Ellie Harrison was shortlisted for the Converse/Dazed 2011 Emerging Artists Award. She showed the brand new installation Austerity & Anarchy in this group show near the Whitechapel Gallery in London, alongside the four other shortlisted artists Gabriele Beveridge, Bruce Ingram, Levack/Lewandowski and Richard Parry.
Vault Art Glasgow
8th - 11th September 2011
Ellie was commissioned by Market Gallery to realise her project Fair Game for Glasgow’s newest art fair Vault at The Briggait. The performance saw her gamble her entire artist’s fee with fair goers, by setting-up and running a hoopla stall for the duration of the event. Punters were invited to take one throw each, free of charge, to attempt to claim some of the artist’s earnings as their own.
Edinburgh Art Festival
4th August - 4th September 2011
Ellie Harrison showed her installation A Brief History of Privatisation at the Edinburgh Art Festival as part of the exhibition Left to My Own Devices at Inspace. On Tuesday 9th August comedian Josie Long gave a one-off ‘tour’ in response to Ellie’s installation which addressed their shared concerns in the shifting face of public service policy as part of the Detours programme.
12th - 18th June 2011
Ellie was resident artist at the Two Degrees festival at Artsadmin in London. Responding to the themes of ‘art and activism, climate and cuts’ she developed two new projects for the festival: the first Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed took place on Monday 13th June and was an attempt to set a new world record for the most self-employed people working together in the same place at the same time, over the course of a normal 9-to-5 day. The second was a research project under the banner of ‘A Good Climate for Business’ which aimed to explore the relationship between capitalism and climate change and resulted in the development of her Early Warning Signs project.
Personal Political Broadcast
5th May 2011
Ellie Harrison gave her own LIVE ‘personal political broadcast’as part of the Virtual Bloc programme coinciding with the UK referendum on voting reform and the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliamentary elections on Thursday 5th May. Using a variety of regional accents she attempted a subjective interpretation of the systems of government in use in Scotland, Wales and the wider UK. Examining the inconsistencies in the electoral systems in use in each, she made the case for UK parliamentary reform, whilst exploring the impact of devolution on personal identity in post-Britain.
A Brief History of Privatisation
12th March - 2nd May 2011
Toytown remains on semi-permanent display at Watermans throughout 2011
This exhibition at Watermans was Ellie Harrison’s first major solo show at a gallery in London. It featured a brand new installation A Brief History of Privatisation alongside two works - Vending Machine and Toytown - developed in 2009 in response to the global economic crises.
2nd February - 27th March 2011
This exhibition of interactive artworks at The Public, West Bromwich featured the collaborative piece How Clean is your Mouse? made by Ellie Harrison and Bob Levene during the Digital Media Labs residency they took part in at Hull School of Art & Design from 24th - 30th October 2010.
27th January 2011
This programme of events marked the launch of Ellie’s new web-based project Trajectories, supported by an Alt-w award from New Media Scotland. A lecture based on her 2010 thesis How to Reconcile the Careerist Mentality with Our Impending Doom at Edinburgh College of Art was followed by an evening reception at New Media Scotland’s headquarters Inspace, which doubled as a preview for the 2011 Edinburgh Art Festival and featured speeches by the festival Chair Robert Wilson, Director Sorcha Carey and Ellie Harrison.
2nd December 2010
Ellie transmitted a Skype performance / talk on ethical compromise and political contradiction LIVE from her bedroom in Glasgow into the auditorium at the Whitechapel Gallery in London as part of the ‘Up Periscope’ event curated by Sally O’Reilly. Further transmissions were received from Zoe Beloff in New York, Peter Blegvad in Coventry, Miguel Palma in Lisbon, Momus in Osaka and Art School Palestine.
The History of Financial Crises
7th - 28th November 2010
For her first solo show in Scotland at Market Gallery’s new exhibition space, Ellie showed two installations The History of Financial Crises and Transactions. The exhibition was programmed to coincide with Market Gallery’s Forum on Art and the Economy which took place on Saturday 6th November and featured presentations by Ellie Harrison, Francis McKee, Mark Fisher, Mark Robinson and Peter McCaughey.
12th October 2010
Ellie Harrison gave a short presentation about recent work alongside artists Ben Judd and Sandrea Simons as part of the In Production series at Nottingham Contemporary, which invites the audience to critically feed back on the artists’ work and ideas.
Zero Point Collaboration:
4th Annual General Meeting
29th September - 1st October 2010
As part of Castlefield Gallery’s Summer House project for which art collectives were invited to use the gallery space as a temporary ‘second home’, Ellie took part in a project with the Zero Point Collaboration she has been a member of since 2006. Zero Point used the gallery to hold their first public Annual General Meeting on 30th September 2010.
7th - 28th August 2010
Ellie showed her installations The History of Financial Crises and Transactions at the old Künstlerhaus Bethanien space in Berlin, Germany as part of the Glasgow School of Art MFA International Exhibition curated by John Calcutt and Graham Ramsay in collaboration with Artnews Projects. The exhibition featured works by Oliver Braid, Fiona Burke, Celeste Carballo, Kirstin Carlin, Kaifeng Chun, Emily Donnini, Caroline Douglas, Solveig Einarsdottir, Hannah Ellul, Kitty Finer, Emma Fitts, Sarah Forrest, Ellie Harrison, Tom Harrup, Ga Young Jang, Amy Marletta, Gaby Peters, Charlotte Prodger, Rosemary Scanlon, Peter Schoeffer, Olga Schulz, Darren Tesar, Deniz Üster, Tobias Wootton and Jamie Wright.
Artists’ Lottery Syndicate Launch Party
2nd July 2010
This event held at the Artsadmin Bar & Café London marked the official launch of Ellie’s new collaborative project the Artists’ Lottery Syndicate - a group of 40 UK based artists joining forces to play The National Lottery over the course of a year. Programmed to coincide with the results of the Syndicate’s first EuroMillions draw (which saw them scoop a massive £9) the event offered the opportunity to meet the Syndicate members, to hear more about the ideas behind the project from Ellie Harrison and to begin to discuss the wider issues it raises about the future of arts funding with Artsadmin director Judith Knight.
MFA Degree Show 2010
12th - 26th June 2010
To mark the end of her two years of study on the Master of Fine Art course at Glasgow School of Art, Ellie showed new work at both the CCA and the Glue Factory in Glasgow, including the outcomes of her Press Release project, archive footage of General Election Drinking Game and the new perfomance spectacle Fireworks Display. The exhibition also features work by Oliver Braid, Fiona Burke, Celeste Carballo, Kirstin Carlin, Kaifeng Chun, Emily Donnini, Caroline Douglas, Solveig Einarsdottir, Hannah Ellul, Kitty Finer, Emma Fitts, Sarah Forrest, Tom Harrup, Ga Young Jang, Amy Marletta, Gaby Peters, Charlotte Prodger, Rosemary Scanlon, Peter Schoeffer, Olga Schulz, Darren Tesar, Deniz Üster, Tobias Wootton and Jamie Wright
General Election Drinking Game
6th May 2010
To coincide with the 2010 UK general election, Ellie Harrison coordinated and took part in this one-off endurance performance at the Star and Shadow in Newcastle. General Election Drinking Game featured four ‘players’ representing the main political parties. Each attempted to drink one shot of lager for every seat in parliament their party won, live as the results came in. Live coverage of the performance was webcast throughout the night.
Art at GFT
15th April - 27th June 2010
Ellie’s Vending Machine made its fourth UK appearance at the GFT in her home town of Glasgow as part of their new programme of artworks in-and-around the cinema building. Its exhibition run, which overlapped with the UK general election and the new government’s emergency budget and funding cuts, saw the machine working hard and gifting free crisps to many a passer-by.
Abandon Normal Devices
15th March - 10th April 2010
Ellie’s Vending Machine installation made its third appearance at a UK venue as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival of new cinema and digital culture at The Dukes in Lancaster. The project was featured on the BBC North West News and on The Bubble on BBC 2.
Hedonism vs. Asceticism:
A control freak’s guide to the MFA
16th March 2010
As part of the MFA screening programme at the CCA Glasgow, Ellie gave an illustrated lecture detailing her experience of studying on the Master of Fine Art (MFA) course at Glasgow School of Art - offering an insight into how she set about organising her time and the contents of her mind, and exploring her tempestuous relationships with work and play.
The Peckham Experiment
9th October - 15th November 2009
Ellie’s Vending Machine was shown at Space Station Sixty-Five as part of this group exhibition curated by Jo David and Rachael House in response to the innovative 1930s social health project The Peckham Experiment. The exhibition featured work by Jonathan Bishop, Gayle Chong Kwan, Jay Cloth, Nicholas Cobb, Freee, Ellie Harrison, Dean Kenning, Freddie Robins, Mark Wayman and Annie Whiles and took place at venues across south east London.
L’Atelier est Mort, Vive l’Atelier!
6th - 8th November 2009
Ellie was commissioned alongside Nina Beier, David Blandy, Ruth Buchanan, Kelly Mark, Nicholas Matranga and Richard Peel to make a special poster for the Springhill Institute poster-book L’Atelier est Mort, Vive l’Atelier! The publication aimed to explore how contemporary artists make use of their studios in a ‘post-studio’ age and was available free throughout The Event in Birmingham.
Seeing Things: Data Visualisation
4th November 2009
As part of Ffotogallery’s Vision On season examining the creative impact of new digital technologies, Ellie gave a talk about her practice and the art of ‘data visualisation’. The lecture was programmed to coincide with the Aaron Koblin exhibition and took place at Turner House, Penarth in collaboration with the University of Wales, Newport.
Book Launch & Therapy Session
8th October 2009
For the official London launch of Ellie’s new book Confessions of a Recovering Data Collector at Space, Sally O’Reilly and Ellie Harrison gave an introduction to the groundbreaking new therapy which helped Ellie recover from her past obsessions and become a better artist.
Desk Chair Parade
2nd August 2009
Ellie Harrison and Adele Prince collaborated as Sports Day to put on this one-off event in Manchester as part of Castlefield Gallery’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. The Desk Chair Parade was a large group of willing volunteers - office workers, shoppers and gallery goers alike - freewheeling through the streets on ordinary office chairs.
Transfers and Actions
16th April - 7th June 2009
Ellie showed two brand new installations The History of Financial Crises and Transactions in this two-person show at Mejan Labs in Stockholm, Sweden. Transfers and Actions brought together the work of Casey Reas and Ellie Harrison, both artists who explore the transformation and translation of information.
23rd April - 30th May 2009
Ellie’s solo exhibition at the Viewpoint Gallery at Plymouth College of Art marked the end of her period as artist-in-residence at the college. It featured the brand new installation Vending Machine. The exhibition opening also doubled as the launch of Ellie’s new book Confessions of a Recovering Data Collector, which was published by Plymouth College of Art Press and features a specially commissioned text by Sally O’Reilly.
16th May - 23rd May 2009
This group exhibition at the Mackintosh and Newbery Galleries marked the end of Ellie’s first year of study on the Master of Fine Art course at Glasgow School of Art. Ellie showed her new installation Toytown. The exhibition also featured work by Oliver Braid, Fiona Burke, Celeste Carballo, Kaifeng Chun, Emily Donnini, Caroline Douglas, Solveig Einarsdottir, Hannah Ellul, Kitty Finer, Sarah Forrest, Tom Harrup, Ga Young Jang, Amy Marletta, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Charlotte Prodger, Rosemary Scanlon, Peter Schoeffer, Olga Schulz, Darren Tesar, Deniz Üster, Alberta Whittle, Tobias Wootton and Jamie Wright. In collaboration with Aye-Aye Books, the exhibition opening also featured the Glasgow launch of Ellie’s new book Confessions of a Recovering Data Collector.
It’s a Mess and Most Probably Irreversible
24th February - 1st March 2009
The wall chart which resulted from Ellie’s year-long research project Know Your Thinkers & Theorists was shown in London as part of the exhibition It’s a Mess and Most Probably Irreversible curated by Five Storey Projects. The exhibition brought together a group of artists who escape classification by digesting, recycling and representing existing information from our over-saturated society. It included work by Vasco Alvo, Cecile Azoulay, Sidsel Christensen, Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann, Ellie Harrison, David Micheaud, Faith Millin, David Raymond Conroy, Joanna Steele and Jack Strange.
Braziers Open Day
17th August 2008
Ellie took part in the 2008 Braziers International Artists’ Workshop at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire. The workshop was open to the public for one day on Sunday 17th August and featured installations, interventions and performances by Edwina Ashton, Jonathan Baldock, Katy Beinart, Hangfeng Chen, Sunoj Damodaran, Julia Defferary, Steven Eastwood, Ghalib El-Khaldi, Evgenia Golant, Ellie Harrison, Isabelle Krieg, Olawole Lagunju, Barak Reiser, Chris Schiavo, Mia Taylor and Pauline Thomas.
A Process of Living
11th July - 30th August 2008
A Process of Living was a group exhibition at The City Gallery in Leicester, which aimed to explore the relationship between the visual arts and education. It featured Ellie’s Names animation, made in response the Operation Treasure Hunt residency she undertook at Imperial Avenue Infant School in Leicester in October 2007. The exhibition also featured work by John Aiken, Ed Allington, Glenn Boulter, Copenhagen Free University, John Hilliard, John Latham, Measure by Measure, Michael Craig Martin, Bruce McLean, United Nations Plaza, Annika Ström, tenantspin and Gary Woodley.
22nd September 2007
Ellie was commissioned to make a special interactive work for the closing party of Angel Row Gallery in Nottingham. The gallery closed on 22nd September 2007, after 16 years as Nottingham’s leading contemporary art space, to make way for Nottingham Contemporary opening in 2009. Ellie’s piece, Angel Row Jukebox, aimed to celebrate the 254 exhibitions which took place at the gallery during its life. The closing party featured new commissions by Ellie Harrison and Alexander Stevenson.
Hen Weekend Talk
5th September 2007
Ellie led a presentation and discussion at Modern Art Oxford about her networking initiative Hen Weekend - a series of professional development seminars for female artists, writers and curators. The event was held as part of the ARC programme in partnership with OVADA.
21st June 2007 - ongoing
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00, Thursday 10:00 - 22:00
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
Ellie’s project Eat 22 is now on permanent display in London at the new Wellcome Collection museum, as part of the exhibition Medicine Now. To celebrate this, the Eat 22 website was redesigned and relaunched. It now features larger versions of each of the images, a web version of the animated film and a complete archive of press cuttings. Medicine Now features the Eat 22 animated film plus a specially produced book. It also features work by Heather Barnett, Robin Blackledge, Annie Cattrell, Julie Cockburn, Katherine Dowson, Christopher Frayling, Susie Freeman & Liz Lee, Ellie Harrison, Michael Hopkins, John Isaacs, Rob Kesseler, Alastair Mackie, Mauro Perucchetti and Julian Walker.
I’ve Been Watching You
14th June - 31st July 2007 and touring
Ellie was commissioned to make a new screen-based work to mark the launch of Digital Broadway - the new digital arts programme at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham. The launch programme also included work by Marcus Coates, Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie and Annie Watson. Ellie’s piece I’ve Been Watching You took the form of an animated notebook chronicling the three-and-a-half years she spent working as Undercover artist-in-residence at the cinema. The 38 minute animation was screened continuously in the Cafébar throughout July 2007. It then toured to Showroom Cinema in Sheffield in August and to Filmhuis Den Haag where it formed part of Todaysart Festival from 20th - 22nd September 2007.
15th - 18th March 2007
Ellie showed a new version of her installation Statistics Are Hot Air as part of the group exhibition Ariston, curated by Candice Jacobs. The exhibition took place at the Warren Bar (a temporary venue within Birmingham Moor Street Station) as part of New Art Birmingham 2007. This new vinyl on glass version of Statistics Are Hot Air is now a semi-permanent feature at Moor Street Station. The Ariston exhibition featured work by Ayling & Conroy, Dave Bond, Tomas Chaffe, Faye Claridge, Greg Cox, Ellie Harrison, Tristan Hessing, Ian Nesbitt and Elizabeth Rowe.
Oeen Group Show
11th January - 8th February 2007
Ellie showed a specially made site-specific installation Self-Destruction (Building Site Ballot) as part of the Oeen Group Show in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exhibition, which took place inside a container on the second floor of a building site, featured small-scale works by 14 international artists including Matthieu Clainchard, Manuel Gorkiewicz, Tue Greenfort, Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Ellie Harrison, Oliver Heinzenberger, Juha van Ingen, Jakob Jensen, Sean Lynch, Henrik Menné, Kaj Nyborg, Simon Starling and Michael Sailstorfer.
23rd February 2007
Ellie gave an in depth, illustrated lecture about her practice at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham as part of the Live Programme organised by Nottingham Trent University in collaboration with Broadway. The lecture took place in Broadway’s screen one.
Day-to-Day Data Symposium
18th March 2006
Ellie chaired the Day-to-Day Data Symposium, which was held at the ICA in London. She also gave a presentation about her work in relation to the subject ‘data logging’. Alongside presentations by four other artists Richard Dedomenici, Tony Kemplen, Adele Prince and Abigail Reynolds, the symposium aimed to give an insight into the concepts and working methodologies of the artists involved in the Day-to-Day Data project.
20th July - 7th September 2005 and touring
Day-to-Day Data was Ellie’s first major curatorial project in which she also showed two specially commissioned installations the Daily Data Display Wall and the Daily Data Display Room. The project launched at Angel Row Gallery in Nottingham and toured to Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth from 17th September - 29th October 2005 and to Danielle Arnaud contemporary art in London from 11th March - 23rd April 2006. It featured newly commissioned work by Anders Bojen & Kristoffer Ørum, Cleo Broda, Hannah Brown, Kevin Carter, James Coupe, Hedley Roberts & Rob Saunders, Sam Curtis, Hywel Davies, Richard Dedomenici, Jem Finer, Helen Frosi, Ellie Harrison, Tony Kemplen, Lucy Kimbell, Christian Nold, Adele Prince, Abigail Reynolds, Gabrielle Sharp, Therese Stowell, Tim Taylor and Mary Yacoob.
Gold Card Adventures
17th January - 21st March 2005
Ellie showed specially commissioned work documenting her Gold Card Adventures project, for her first solo show in London. The 20 large format posters which made up the exhibition were installed at Piccadilly Circus Underground Station in the ticket hall and exit subway two. It was presented by public art programme for London Underground - Platform For Art (now Art on the Underground).
A New Centre for Architecture
13th - 23rd January 2005
Ellie worked in collaboration with architects AOC on their plans for the new Architecture Foundation building in London. Ellie developed a proposal which would allow passers-by to interact with the building during its development using their mobile phones and digital cameras. AOC’s designs were showcased alongside the seven other short listed architects, a-Graft, AOC (with Ellie Harrison), Caruso St John, Foreign Office, Zaha Hadid, Lacaton & Vassal, MVRDV and Bernard Tschumi, in an exhibition at the Ragged School in London. The competition was won by Zaha Hadid, with second place going to a-Graft and 3rd place to AOC (with Ellie Harrison).
The End is the Beginning is the End
6th November - 28th November 2004
Ellie showed her installation Mass = Energy = Time, as part of a group show The End is the Beginning is the End curated by Casey & McAree at their new Colony gallery space in Birmingham. The exhibition featured works by Casey & McAree, Meiying Collins, Ellie Harrison and Dave Roland.
For the Time Being
4th - 19th September 2004
Ellie was commissioned by the Transition art programme at Victoria Baths in Manchester to produce the web-based work Bath Time. The work was launched as part of the exhibition For the Time Being: A Promise of Progress which also featured new work by Tod Hanson, Lizzie Hughes, Joanna Karolini, Claudia Pilsl and Humberto Vélez.
7th August - 25th September 2004
Ellie’s internet based work The Challenge Series was shown in the exhibition Relay: Homage to the Olympic Games at Q Arts in Derby throughout summer 2004. Relay was programmed to coincide with the Olympics in Athens and featured works by Jos Boys, Faye Chamberlain, Veronique Chance, Simon Green, Ellie Harrison, Adele Prince, NOScH and Linda Young. Q Arts closed in 2007 to make way for QUAD - Derby’s new art and film centre.
Re: Thinking: Time
10th April - 23rd May 2004
Ellie’s interactive Mac based work Tictac Typing & Peanut Typing was installed as part of Re: Thinking: Time - an exhibition of artworks made during the LabCulture residency programme curated by Ele Carpenter. The show took place at Peterborough Digital Arts (now The Space 4 Gallery in Peterborough) and included work by Alistair Gentry & Joe Magee, Ellie Harrison, Scott Martin, Damien Robinson and Ming Wong.
Goldsmiths Postgraduate Degree Show
25th - 28th July 2003
Ellie exhibited The Monthly Sculptures Determined by the Daily Quantification Records at the 2003 Goldsmiths Postgraduate Degree Show in London. The show also included work by Jaishri Abichandani, Caroline Achaintre, Eric Ayotte, Sarah Baker, Emma Barrow, Anat Ben-David, Juan Bolivar, Mauro Bonacina, Pablo Bronstein, Simon Clark, Lior Danzig, Dan Davis, Doug Fishbone, Oriana Fox, Laura Gannon, Ellie Harrison, Pearl Hsiung, Jamie Kilburn, Philip Lee, Shoko Maeda, Flávia Müller Medeiros, Jost Münster, Anj Smith, Sarah Smith, Akiko & Masako Takada, Alvaro Verduzco, Richard T Walker, Richard O Wilson and Neil Zakiewicz.
23rd May - 9th November 2003
The animated film of Ellie’s Eat 22 project was shown in the exhibition Treat Yourself: Health Consumers in a Medical Age, at the Science Museum in London. Ellie’s work featured in the ‘Food and Drink’ section alongside Sophie Calle and Martin Parr. The exhibition also featured works by Michelle Charles, Brian Eno, Leo Fitzmaurice, Paddy Hartley, Mona Hatoum, Nancy Honey, Anne-Claire Maurier, Jorge Molder, Angela Rumble, Gabriella Sancisi, Helen Sweeting, Shellburne Thurber, Andrei Tarkovsky, Spencer Tunick, Julian Walker and Shelley Wilson.
24th January 2002 - ongoing
Ellie’s specially produced piece Minus 20kJ was selected for Minus 20 - an online exhibition by E-2 of digital art works under 20kb. The exhibition was launched at the Gasworks Gallery in London on 24th January 2002 and features works by Paul Allitt, boredomresearch, Phil Coy, Nat Goodden, Ellie Harrison, Christopher Otto, Random77, Tim Taylor and Anna Williams & John Rogers.