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Research, planning tool and masterplan for Manifesta 8, Murcia and Cartagena, 2010

Fay Nicolson

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La Verdad: The Newspaper Project – As part of its media programme for M8, CPS has invited artist Fay Nicolson to orchestrate a durational project with the Spanish Newspaper, La Verdad.

6 professionals from diverse backgrounds will visit the region for the first time, exploring Murcia and Cartagena and responding to these environments. Their responses, in the form of text and / or image, will be formatted and published as a weekly page in V, the cultural supplement of La Verdad, every Sunday. This project aims engage with local audiences through the widespread and familiar medium of the newspaper.

The Newspaper Project draws on the different professional and personal experiences of diverse people who offer will their own interpretation of Manifesta 8’s host cities. Ideas of the local, proximate and everyday will be explored in relation to definitions of the foreign, distant and unusual. The format of newspapers themselves will also be brought into question in terms of their changing status as disseminators of information and the central focus for communities in this digital age of networked communication.

The contributors are as follows (In order of publishing)

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares is a typographer, graphic designer, researcher and writer. She is founding director of the Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography, which is a cultural foundation dedicated to advancing design research and typography in the Middle East, North Africa and their diaspora, and her research specializes in bilingual typographic research and design.

Katerina Gregos

Katerina Gregos is a curator and writer based in Brussels, and founder/director of The People’s Cinema. Previously she was the artistic director of Argos – Centre for Art & Media, Brussels and director of the Deste Foundation, Athens.

John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. John’s research is in the psychology of perception and cognition with special reference to representation by pictures.

Rasheed Araeen

Rasheed Araeen is an artist, writer, curator and founding editor of the journal Third Text, one of the most important publications dealing with art, the Third World, Post colonialism and ethnicity. He is one of the pivotal figures in establishing a black voice in the British arts through his activities as a publisher, writer, and artist.

Mark Amherst

Mark Amherst is the director of the London-based Africa Research Institute, which aims to reflect, understand and build on the dynamism in Africa today. Mark began working in Africa in 1993 for the South African Broadcasting Corporation and is a former correspondent for the Financial Times, The Economist and the BBC.


Fay Nicolson has invited a diverse array of professionals to visit the region of Murcia and respond to aspects of this environment. These responses appear as a weekly series of pages in the newspaper La Verdad. This project aims to re-examine notions of the local, familiar and everyday in relation to global perspectives and the context of mass printed media.


1984, Derby, U.K. Lives and works in London and the East Midlands.
Fay Nicolson investigates the definitions of mass production and artistic production; relationships between documentation, truth and history; systems of information, communication and display; and issues surrounding pedagogy and collaboration. She works across media to produce pieces that often serve to illuminate or question the frameworks that condition their own existence and value, engaging with audiences both within and beyond gallery settings. Recent projects include Expansion and Collapse – a collaborative project with Oliver Smith taking the form of a publication, installation and series of prints, The Perfect Lecture – a performance tracing the physical and conceptual boundaries of academic structures and An ABC of Aesthetic Journalism – an online collection of images and texts relating to the fields of art and journalism. Fay Nicolson also writes and teaches as an extension of her practice.

Written by cpsman8

April 7, 2010 at 11:57 am

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