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Mr Simon Faithfull
Slade School of Fine Art
University College London
  • Reader in Fine Art
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Simon Faithfull is a contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively around the world. His work has been described as an attempt to understand and explore the planet as a sculptural object - to test its limits and report back from its extremities. Within his work Faithfull often builds teams of scientists, technicians and transmission experts to help him bring back a personal vision from the ends of the world.

Recent projects include 'Going Nowhere 1.5' (a film recording an island that vanishes into the North Sea), 'REEF' (live-video transmitted from a ship as it was deliberately sunk to create an artificial reef), and '0º00 Navigation part II' (a journey tracing the 0º line of longitude across Europe and Africa).

Recent exhibitions include solo-shows at Galerie Polaris (Paris, 2017), Sprinhornhof Kunstverein, (Germany, 2016), Le Musée des Beaux-Arts Calais (France, 2015), ICIA (Bath, UK, 2015), FRAC Basse Normandie (France, 2014), Fabrica (Brighton, UK, 2014), ArtConnexion (Lille, France, 2012), Parkers Box (New York, 2011), The British Film Institute (London, 2009).

Recent group shows include exhibitions at ZK"R, Schloss Biesdorf (Berlin 2017), Asia Culture Centre (Gwanju, South Korea, 2016), Turner Contemporary (Margate, UK 2015), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2013), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Australia, 2012), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin, 2009), Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Argentina, 2009) and the Venice Biennale (2007).

Faithfull was born in Oxfordshire, UK, studied at Central St Martins and then Reading University. 

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Simon Faithfull's work uses video, performance and drawing to explore and report back from the planet on which he finds himself. Different scales of time and space have become a theme within his investigations - often using his own body as kind of measuring device, or his own subjective and faulty gaze as a recording device.

In August 2016, the exhibition 'Zero' at Sprinhornhof Kunstverein (Germany) brought together the 'Going Nowhere' series, the diptych '0º00 Navigation part 1 and 2' (a journey following the '0º' line across the contours of Europe and Africa) and 'An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity' (2180 drawings that record small places and events from the last 17 years)

In July 2009 his exhibition at British Film Institute brought together his Escape Vehicle series including the journey of a domestic chair as it travelled to the edge of space beneath a weather balloon. 2011 saw the launch of Limbo his web-based artwork and iPhone App which delivers his drawings live to a world-wide audience and locates the collection of 1200+ drawings within his hand-drawn maps. 2010 saw the completion of the major public art work 'Liverpool-to-Liverpool' - a journey by containership to Nova Scotia documented in 181 drawings permanently etched into the paving and glass of a new public space in Liverpool, UK.

Past work includes Antarctica Dispatches (daily drawings dispatched live from Antarctica), Fake Moon, a nightly intervention at the Big Chill festival and the short film, 13 (commissioned by Channel 4 and Arts Council England).

Teaching Summary

Simon Faithfull is a Reader in Fine Art, Media (.4) and works across the Slade School of Fine Art with BA/BFA and PhD students.

Faithfull is the supervisor for the PhD research projects of:
Nick Laessing (primary supervisor)
Paul Magee (primary)
Sophie Bouvier Auslander (secondary)
Patricia Townend (secondary)

01-JAN-2012 – 19-NOV-2015 External Examiner MA Fine Art Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
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