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Sophie Warren & Jonathan Mosley

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Sophie Warren is an artist and Jonathan Mosley is an architect. They have a critical spatial practice that employs strategies of play, hybridisation and the construction of imaginary architectures to resist homogeneous perceptions of urban space. Using language, event, still and moving imagery and installation Warren & Mosley construct situations, an informal architecture of possibility, moving between

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Biography

Sophie Warren is an artist and Jonathan Mosley is an architect. They have a critical spatial practice that employs strategies of play, hybridisation and the construction of imaginary architectures to resist homogeneous perceptions of urban space. Using language, event, still and moving imagery and installation Warren & Mosley construct situations, an informal architecture of possibility, moving between material fact and the fiction of the imagination. The practice infiltrates environments of the multi-use sports hall, the car park, the motorway service station, the construction site and the offices and corridors of the institutions that build our cities. Their work has been exhibited internationally including Casco, Utrecht (2011) and the Showroom, London (2010) with Rogue Game an ongoing series of hybrid games in collaboration with Can Altay, Berlin 60th and 58th International Film Festivals (2010 and 2008), Sydney International Architecture Film Festival (2010), Crosstalk Video Festival, Budapest (2010), within Coalesce: Happenstance curated by Paul O'Neill at Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2009), ITU Gallery, Istanbul (2008), Gymruy International Biennale, Armenia (2004), Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2003), The Armory Show, New York (2002), Frederike Taylor Gallery, New York (2001) and Gasworks, London (2000). Reviewed in the art and architectural press, the work of the collaboration has also been discussed in Jane Rendell (ed.) Critical Architecture (London: Routledge, 2007) and Brandon LaBelle (ed.) Surface Tension Supplement No.1 (Los Angeles and Berlin: Errant Bodies Press, 2006). Initiating transdisciplinary projects the practice is a site of exchange and ongoing collaboration with artists, writers and architects. A book of their recent project 'Beyond Utopia' with contributions by Maria Fusco, Brandon LaBelle, Marie-Anne McQuay, Paul O'Neill, Elizabeth Price, Jane Rendell, Lee Stickells and Robin Wilson will be published in 2011 by Errant Bodies Press, Berlin / Los Angeles.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions

2014 - Utopian talk-show line-up event, Moderna Museet, Malmo

2013 - Utopian talk-show line-up event, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

2012 - Utopian talk-show line-up event, ICIA, Bath

2012 - Rogue Game in collaboration with Can Altay, Spike Island, Bristol

2011 - Rogue Game in collaboration with Can Altay, Casco, Utrecht

2005 - Model situation (blue sky thinking), Plan 9, Bristol

2005 - Model situation (model city), The Architecture Centre, Bristol

2002 - Being There, Station, Bristol

2000 - M5 Southbound: Welcome Break, Prema, Gloucestershire

 

Group exhibitions

2013 - ‘Playing with Space’ film programme curated by Townley and Bradby at Firstsite Gallery, Colchester

2011 - Echoes of Home, curated by Nora Belovai and Helen Spence in association with the Whitechapel Gallery , The Mint Hotel, London

2011 - Rogue Game proposition in collaboration with Can Altay in 'An Exchange with Sol LeWitt', Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, USA

2011 - The Right to the City curated by Lee Stickells and Zanny Begg, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney

2010 - Crosstalk, Video Art Festival, Budapest

2010 - Expanded Cinema International Architecture Film event, Sydney Architecture Biennale, Sydney

2010 - Rogue Game in collaboration with Can Altay, within Can Altay-Church Street Partners' Gazette exhibition, The Showroom, London

2010 - Splitscreen curated by Pedro Torres, online exhibition, www.stuffinablank.com/splitscreen.html

2010 - Urban Research Film Programme curated by Klaus Eisenlohr for the 60th International Film Festival, Meinblau Gallery, Berlin

2009 - Coalesce: Happenstance curated by Paul O'Neill, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam

2008 - Design Cinema Works curated by Burcu Yancatarol, ITU, Istanbul

2008 - Directors Lounge Urban Film Programme curated by Klaus Eisenlohr, 59th International Festival, Berlin

2008 - Room Tone curated by Brandon LaBelle, Tuned City, Berlin

2006 - Wig Wam Bam curated by Marcus Coates & Claire Barclay, Plan 9, Bristol

2004 - 4th Gymruy International Biennale curated by Arpine Tokmajyan, Gymruy Centre of Contemporary Art, Armenia

2003 - In Site: Art and Architecture conference show, Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow

2001 - Gone Missing, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York

2001 - The Armory Show, International Art Fair, with Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York

2000 - What We Call Progress curated by Anthony Iles and Craig Martin, Gasworks, London

 

Artist talks

2012 - Warren & Mosley collaborative practice, Royal College of Art, London

2011 - Architecture and Philosophy lecture series curated by Helene Frichot, RMIT, Melbourne

2009 - The Propositional Work of Warren and Mosley, Dartington College of Arts, Devon

2008 - Alas, Are We Still Bad Players: Play and Agency in Contemporary Culture initiated by Tim Stott, Gradcam, NCAD, Dublin

2008 - Initiative & Institution Symposium curated by Celine Condorelli & Public Works, London Metropolitan University, London

2007 - Architecture & Documentary Practice: Writing, Imaging & Performance initiated by Robin Wilson, The Bartlett, UCL, London Public commissions

2006 - Platform, Proposition No. 16, Urban Game, The Architecture Centre, Bristol

 

Projects

2007 - Proposition for the First Build (a vertical common) in collaboration with writer Robin Wilson, a critical planning application, engaging with City of London Planning Authority, CABE, 00 Research & selected theorists, Smithfield, London

2007 - Rogue Games, (ongoing), a series of events exploring hybrid games in collaboration with Can Altay, various venues, various locations

 

Competitions, prizes and awards

2012 - Rootstein Hopkins funding award, Spike Island, Bristol

2010 - Research and Production Award, University of the West of England, UK

2007 - Practice-led Research Grant with Robin Wilson, Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK

2006 - New Collaborations Bursary with Neville Gabie and Tessa Fitzjohn, NAN, UK

2003 - Research and Production Award, University of the West of England, UK

2000 - Annual Award, Arts Council England, UK

 

Publications

2013 - ‘Rogue Game, Proposition No. 17’ in Altay, C. (ed.) (2013) ‘Ahali: An anthology for setting a setting’ (London: Bedford Press)

2012 - Beyond Utopia - project focussed book with contributions from Maria Fusco, Paul O'Neill, Elizabeth Price, Jane Rendell- Errant Bodies Press, Berlin/Los Angeles

2012 - Danielle Rose King, review of Rogue Game solo show and symposium, Art Monthly, December

2009 - Michael Gibbs, review of Coalesce Happenstance, Art Monthly, Feburary

2009 - Tim Stott, review of Coalesce Happenstance in Art Review, April

2009 - Vaari Claffey, review of Coalesce Happenstance in Circa, April

2008 - Rogue Game within El Ahali Journal edited by Can Altay, Spike Island / Kunsterhaus Bethanien / Kunsterhaus / Self Publishing Fair, Bristol / Berlin / Stuggart / London

2007 - ‘A Conversation between Sophie Warren, Jonathan Mosley and Curator Lindsay Hughes’, commissioned by the Arts Council for Publicartonline

2007 - Robin Wilson, ‘At the limits of genre: the presence that WAS HERE’ chapter on the work of Warren & Mosley, published in Jane Rendell (ed) Critical Architecture, Routledge

2006 - Jonathan Mosley and Sophie Warren, ‘Proposed Alterations to a City Plan’, Surface Tension Supplement No.1, Errant Bodies Publications, Los Angeles