This is an old email from the Newsletter Archive of British artist Ellie Harrison first sent on 28 February 2011. Subscribe at:


I'm getting in touch with a couple of bits of news for the now not-so-new year.

First of all, I'd like to let you know that my solo show A Brief History of Privatisation will be launching very soon at Watermans in London. In fact, the preview just so happens to be on my 32nd birthday on Friday 11th March. Please do come along - I have a few small tricks up my sleeve to help us celebrate.

I've also been super busy working away on my new project Trajectories, which will finally (phew!) be ready to launch in the next few weeks. It'll be a nifty little web-based application which enables you to compare your life to other people's. Please read on for more information and stay tuned for further updates!

Bye for now,


A Brief History of Privatisation


'Trajectories' is a new web-based application by Ellie Harrison which enables you to compare your life to other people's and test how you match up against their achievements.

Enter your details and watch your career trajectory visualised alongside those of your heroes or rivals from the past and present. Check to see if you are still on track for 'success' and schedule email alerts for future dates to remind you of your goals.

- Launching soon at:

How to Reconcile the Careerist Mentality
with Our Impending Doom

A lecture by Ellie Harrison

To celebrate the launch of 'Trajectories', Ellie Harrison gave a lecture based on her 2010 thesis How to Reconcile the Careerist Mentality with Our Impending Doom at Edinburgh College of Art, which is now available to view online.

- view extract of lecture at:
- view full lecture at:

Using 'Trajectories' as a satirical backdrop, the lecture aims to take a critical look at the culture of 'professional practice' within the art school which, having evolved over the course of New Labour's 'creative decade' ('97 - '07), has actively encouraged careerism and the rise of the 'cultural entrepreneur'. Now, as we enter a new era of uncertainty, both in financial and environmental terms, this lecture aims to examine whether these working models are indeed still viable and/or ethical, and to explore whether it is possible to reconfigure the new skills we have learned for greater social benefit.

The 'Trajectories' project is supported by an Alt-w award from New Media Scotland.

Edinburgh College of Art Alt-w New Media Scotland