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Office of Experiments make research and art.

Exploring categories such as the techno-scientific and military-industrial complex and their ordering of space as it shapes our ideas of culture, political and personal life, our approach is to use art as a reflecting framework, an active cyclical experiment through which we can ask questions that will lead to unexpected events and ideas.

Experimental Sites - Process Sculpture - Overt Research - Situational Geography - Evenometry - Autonomous Resources - Art Ethics - Self -Experimentation - Post-Event Archaeology

LIVE - to end of April 2012

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Office of Experiments works with Irish artist Tina O'Connell in this public art project examing the social, personal and environmental resonances of the Tsunami and Fukushima Diaichi disaster in Japan last year. The project was commissioned for the 5x5 Festival as part of the Centenary Celebrations of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC by the DCAAH. Our project is based at Transformer on P Street and was part of a selection of 5 other artists under the theme of 'Suspension of Disbelief' by Steve Rowell. Other artists included:
Kunst Republik
Lize Mogel
Deborah Stratman and Steve Badgett
Charles Stankievech

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Latest - April 2012


Office of Experiments - New London Tour
We are currently planning a new tour exploring the limits of the London Orbital in a Ballardian informed tour that will take place in July 2012. "The fascinating history and geography of post-1945 scientific research and testing facilities and spaces created to house technological advances were often developed around the periphery of the Capital. These uncharted parts of our post-war heritage are remarkably under-explored and face threats of redevelopment and loss, this collaboration with London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre will record outer London's Experimental Ruins." If you wish to register interest, please follow this link to our sponsor Arts Catalyst. Critical Excursions will be integerated into our Overt Research Site in the near future.

New York... Association of American Geographers Panel - New York Feb 2012. Ruinations: Violence, snafu and porn. Office of Experiments Director Neal White presented a talk on Institutional Ruination and Catastrophe and Steve Rowell discussed his research with CLUI around the infrastructures of catastrophe. Other members of the panel included the founders of the Detroit Unreal Estate Agency, Andrew Herscher and Mirielle Roddler, Stephen Graham and Anya Sorita. Convenered by Dr Angela Last.

O is for Overt Research
Office of Experiments research utilising Overt Research techniques has featured under the letter 'O' for Overt Research in David Evans recent publication 'Critical Dictionary'. We also exhibited an installation of photographic dcumentation in the accompanying exhibition at BlackDog in London. See This is Tomorrow.

One Day Field Guide to The Secrets of Portland. 14th May 2011
Another total artwork exploring one of OOE's favourite places in the UK, Portland in Dorset. With 36 experimenters visiting a range of sites that engaged with electronic warfare to cold war spy rings, we co-ordinated a mediated tour over six hours that featured new interviews with Mike Kenner, outlining some of the experimental activities undertaken by Porton Down on the unsuspecting public. Supported by Exlab.

Sites and Signts. Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s 3 March 2011 - 22 May 2011 at Barbican Gallery.
Neal White appeared with RationalRec to discuss the interstices and future history of scenes, events and sites with a comparative analysis of 'the between' as it happened in the UK and Europe and Matta-Clark's now infamous Fake Estates project.

Steve Rowell, OOE International Director worked with the Urban Field Research Unit and here posts on his recent tours organised with Stephen Graham in Newcastle. With support from Leverhulme Trust.

Read Dr Gail Davis Geoforum Editorial - Where do Experiments End? Based on the experience of our Secrecy and Technology of the Cold War Bus Tour. Download PDF

The Mike Kenner Archive - Experimental Society 6/7/2010
The Mike Kenner Archive (ARC) appears in the exhibition that accompanies the final part of the Experimentality conferences at Lancaster University. More

Experimental Ruins 6/7/2010
Office of Experiments run a workshop on 'Experimental Ruins' with Dr. Gail Davis at UCL Department of Geography. More

Fieldworks from The Museum of the Void 28/6 -31/7/2010
Neal White, Founder and Director of Experiments, opens a solo exhibition at Chelsea Space, London. More

Office of Experiments - Blueprint Magazine
A six page full colour article on our ongoing Overt Research Project featured in April 2010. Click here for a full scan from Arts Catlyst as part of its recent press coverage. PDF - 27MB