Ellie & Oliver’s Long Distance Relationship
For Glasgow Open House 2014, Ellie Harrison & Oliver Braid reunited to present two special edition of their popular radio show, as part of three interlinked projects taking place over two weekends, across both their new residences in the west and east of the city.
For Glasgay! 2012, Ellie Harrison & Oliver Braid presented
Friendship Festival. Building on the success of their already popular radio show, Ellie & Oliver invited six other friendly duos with intimate and provocative thoughts to share with the world, into their home for a series of weekend radio show ‘takeovers’.
Ellie & Oliver Show
For a whole year, artists, friends and flatmates Ellie Harrison & Oliver Braid worked together to broadcast a weekly radio show LIVE from their flat in Glasgow (and from a variety of special locations across the UK and Ireland including Edinburgh Art Festival and Glasgow International).
Best of the Rest
Broadcast LIVE (via Skype) from her bedroom in Glasgow to the studio of artist Oliver Braid on the eve of the opening of I’ll Look Forward To It – an exhibition orchestrated by him for Collective, Edinburgh as part of the New Work Scotland programme. As part of Harrison’s contribution to I’ll Look Forward To It, she devised this broadcast specifically to ‘complete the set’ of 4 LIVE Broadcasts. As a final instalment, it serves as a conclusion to a very busy year. Drawing on some of the recurring themes from previous broadcasts, Harrison introduces the ideas behind I’ll Look Forward To It and tells the story of her own work / career / love successes and failures in 2011, in the hope of making a fresh start in 2012.
Personal Political Broadcast
Broadcast LIVE (via Bambuser) from the Premier Inn hotel in Nottingham to viewers all over the globe to coincide with the UK referendum on voting reform and the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliamentary elections. Commissioned by Bloc, Wales as part of the Virtual Bloc programme.
In DIY TV style, Harrison uses a variety of regional accents to attempt 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 makes the case for UK parliamentary reform, whilst exploring the impact of devolution on her own personal identity as a citizen of post-Britain.
UK Weather Report
Broadcast LIVE (via Skype) from her studio in Glasgow to the Center for Book Arts in New York where the two founders and curators of the SP Weather Station project, Natalie Campbell and Heidi Neilson, were busy compiling their 2010 ‘Weather Report’.
The Effect of the Weather on the Market / The Effect of the Market on the Weather.
Taking on the role of ‘remote correspondent’, Harrison gives her own interpretation of the unusual weather experienced in the UK in December 2010: the coldest December on record. Using data drawn from the Met Office and the Office for National Statistics, she observes the short-term impact these conditions had on retail sales in the run-up to Christmas, in the hope of raising questions about the bigger picture: the long-term effect of capitalism on climate change.
Transmission: Glasgow to London
Broadcast LIVE (via Skype) from her flat in Glasgow to an assembled audience in the auditorium at the Whitechapel Gallery, London as part of Up Periscope – an event curated by writer-in-residence Sally O’Reilly.
Harrison’s transmission is a rambling exploration of ethical compromise and political contradiction. Questioning how a person’s moral outlook and priorities may shift with age, she offers an insight into the life of a home-owning thirty-something in devolved Scotland and touches on topics as diverse as the inefficiencies of the UK rail system and the usefulness of Skype for long-distance love. Further transmissions were made by Zoe Beloff in New York, Peter Blegvad in Coventry, Miguel Palma in Lisbon, Momus in Osaka and Art School Palestine.
Work With Me
Work With Me is an international campaign to help find a long-term collaborative partner for Ellie Harrison. Read all about Ellie’s ambitions and desires, her influences and expectations for art and her outlook on life. Peruse the ‘testimonials’ written by a range of Ellie’s previous collaborators, friends and family members including Jon Burgerman, Anne Harrison, Bernard Harrison, Helen Jones, Sally O’Reilly, Niki Russell and Jennie Syson, and then decide whether you’re right for the job – or if anyone is for that matter.
Artist’s Training Programme™
A spoof website promoting a revolutionary new self-help training regime for artists. The Artist’s Training Programme™ has been researched and developed by Ellie Harrison BA PGDip, alongside two of the world’s foremost self-improvement gurus – Paul McKenna PhD and Dr Ryuta Kawashima. Follow for four week programme today and transform your practice forever!
For three years, Harrison recorded what she was thinking about every time she had a cup of tea (or a different type of hot drink). A total of 1,650 thoughts is now archived in the Tea Blog. They can be read chronologically starting with her last entry on 31st December 2008 or accessed randomly.
Swear Box 2005
Throughout 2005, Harrison recorded every sentence that she uttered which contained a swear word. These sentences were uploaded to the online Swear Box at regular intervals over the course of the year, alongside a summary of the reason for the outburst. The work involved in updating the online Swear Box had a similar effect to the more traditional version of the box, in that Harrison only swore on 142 occasions the entire year which was considerably less than the 2,427 she did during her Daily Quantification Records project in 2003.
This web-based programme monitors Harrison’s progress as she strives towards achieving three momentous challenges over the course of her lifetime. For the first of these, the Trans-Atlantic Challenge, Ellie records and adds together all the lengths she swims weekly at her local pool in the hope of one day having swum the 5,400 kilometre distance from the UK to America.
My Head’s Swimming
This random thought generator was Harrison’s first experiment in the collection of ‘subjective data’. For three months during the second term of her Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art course at Goldsmiths College she recorded all the thoughts she had whilst swimming lengths at her local pool. She found that swimming provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on all the things happening in her life at what was, during the build up to the US and UK attack on Iraq, a tense time to be in London.
Harrison’s seminal ‘data collecting’ project. For one year and one day she photographed and recorded information about everything that she ate. The images were posted to the Eat 22 website weekly over the course of the year. The website was redesigned and relaunched in 2007 to coincide with the opening of the Wellcome Collection in London, where the animated film featuring all the images is now on permanent display.