CONVERSATION PIECES # JAMES PREVETT AND ANNIE MAY DEMOZAY 



BROADCASTING ON RTM.FM

Ep1: THE HUMAN LANDSCAPE- 20.01.22

EP2: 463 LIGHT YEARS AWAY- 27.01.22


EP3: BELONGINGS - 03.02.22


EP4: CARVING - 10.02.22

EP5: HARMONIUM- 17.02.22 / 13:00




Conversation Pieces is new series of radio broadcast programmes made by artist James Prevett and writer Annie May Demozay as part of James’s ongoing TACO! commissioned research project  Things for Homes / Homes for Things - a project that that explores peoples relationship to sculpture in the home. The series is aired on RTM.FM

Since 2018 James has spent time with people in their homes, locally in Thamesmead and with people in different parts of the country. This has led too long -term conversations about sculpture and the social life of the objects we possess. Why is it that so few people have what we might call sculpture in their homes? Do our objects become domesticated? Does sculpture need a public? What is it that makes something sculpture or sculptural?

The project has seen Jim build relationships with local residents in Thamesmead, Helsinki and Birmingham, for whom he has subsequently made a sculpture for them to live with. In the winter 2020, James and Annie  interviewed people in their homes about things they keep around them, these interviews form the basis of the Conversation Pieces, a series of works made for broadcast.

Things for Homes / Homes for Things is a project by artist James Prevett  that explores sculpture and objects in the home.  It takes as it starting point the making of a sculpture for an individual. Historically sculpture has had a direct relation to public space, public office or public institutions such as the state or the church. Where sculptures have been made for specific individuals these have been largely for wealthy individuals and their estates as a demonstration of social status. It is rare that sculpture is thought about in relation to the site of the everyday home or domestic space. The traditional sites and contexts for sculpture have conditioned our understanding and reception of sculptural objects and how the sculpture is understood and defined.

Funded by the Henry Moore Foundation and the Finnish Institute, Things for Homes  / Homes for Things will culminate with the launch of a book that documents the project and is published  by TACO! In partnership with Rooftop Press (Helsinki). The book will be available in 2022.

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James Prevett makes things to gather around - objects, events, text, video that are often combined together as sculpture. He likes to work with other people and is interested in sculpture as means to explore the limits of minds and bodies, both personal and collective. James has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Finland, Thailand, Singapore, USA, Austria and Brazil. He represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2006. His project Parties for Public Sculpture (2017- Ongoing ) invites artists to make a ‘party’ for an existing public sculpture. In 2021 he was awarded  The Linnamo Prize, by the Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation. James lives and works in Helsinki, Finland where he is a Sculpture Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.

Annie May Demozay is an artist and writer who lives in Glasgow and works in a park.

James Prevett, Conversation Piece, 2021



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