Near by


Near by (2018) is a publication that emerged from conversations between collaborating artists tracing lines between sound, text and image across four works: 

Memo to Spring with Sarah Rose. NOW, The Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Oct ’17 – Feb ’18.

Special Works School with Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell). Gallery TPW, Toronto, Jan – Feb ’18 + Berlinale, Berlin, Feb ’18.

Wondering Soul with Alexander Storey Gordon. Radiophrenia, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Nov ’17.

Sonorous Objects with Mark Bleakley and Lauren Gault. Artist Moving Image Festival, Tramway, Glasgow, Oct ’18.
The publication was composed from a series of letters between the author and the artists, written during and following their collaborations. The letters spoke to the authors’ processes of thinking and making collaboratively, the subjects of their works, and the translation of sound, image, object, and text through one another. These letters were then exploded and recomposed into a series of overlapping text scores as a way of diffracting fragments of these conversations around four knots: sound, word, image, and pattern. Author and long-time collaborator Martin Cathcart Froden then edited these fragments into four monologues: a distillation of this polyphony into a monophony, a letter in reply.


Near by was printed on recycled paper and tracing paper, with each copy made by hand at Publication Studio Glasgow, May 2018.  Funded by Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities.

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All images are courtesy of the artist