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Ruth Ewan

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Ruth Ewan, ‘We Could Have Been Anything That We Wanted To Be’, Folkestone Triennial (2011)

On 5 October 1793 the recently formed Republic of France abandoned the Gregorian calendar in favour of an entirely new model, the French Republican Calendar, which became the official calendar of France for 13 years. Each day of the Republican Calendar was made up of 10 hours. Each hour was divided into 100 minutes and each minute into 100 seconds. Inspired by this historical model, Ewan created new clocks and altered existing ones around the town of Folkestone, Kent to tell decimal time.


Jeremy Deller

The Battle of Orgreave“, 2001 by Jeremy Deller. A large scale performance re-enacting a confrontation between the police and striking miners from the 1984–5 miners strike. Video

‘The Battle of Orgreave’ (2001) by Jeremy Deller.

A large scale performance re-enacting a confrontation between the police and striking miners from the 1984–85 miners strike.


William King

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William King, ‘Early Settler’ (2010)


Marcel Broodthaers

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Marcel Broodthaers, ‘Décor: A Conquest’ (2013)

Installation at Michael Werner Gallery, London.


Thomas Rentmeister

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‘Classic No. 2′ (2012) by Thomas Rentmeister


Frances Stark

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Frances Stark, from the series ‘Ecce Homo’ (2000)


Trevor Paglen

Since 1963, more than eight hundred spacecraft have been launched into geosynchronous orbit, forming a man-made ring of satellites around the Earth. These satellites are destined to become the longest-lasting artifacts of human civilization, quietly floating through space long after every trace of humanity has disappeared from the planet.

Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures is a project that marks one of these spacecraft with a visual record of our contemporary historical moment. In 2012, the communications satellite EchoStar XVI was launched into geostationary orbit with the disc mounted to its anti-earth deck. While the satellite’s broadcast images are as fleeting as the light-speed radio waves they travel on, The Last Pictures will remain in outer space slowly circling the Earth until the Earth itself is no more.

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The Last Pictures Artifact.

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Some of the images on the disc.

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EchoStar XVI launch in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, November 21st 2012.

Trevor Paglen, ‘The Last Pictures’ (2012)


Ken Burns

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‘The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God’, a film by Ken Burns and Amy Stechler Burns.

They called themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing, the world called them “Shakers.”


Mary Miss

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‘Mirror way’ (1980) by Mary Miss


Jacob Lawrence

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Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Panel no. 1- During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans, 1940-1941

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All works from ‘The Migration of the Negro’ series (1940-1945) by Jacob Lawrence.