Maurice Carlin – Performance Publishing: Regent Trading Estate

Maurice Carlin

Preview: 21st Jun, 6 – 9pm
Open: 22nd Jun to 24th Jul, Wed to Sat, 1 – 6pm
Open via appointment: 25th Jul to 29th Sept (contact

Unit 5, Regents Trading Estate, Salford, M5 4DE (adjacent to Islington Mill ( )

Performance Publishing, Regent Trading Estate forms part of an ongoing work by Maurice Carlin exploring the ground between print, place and performance. Over the course of 3 months this Summer, he will work in a vacant 8000 sq ft warehouse in Salford, taking over 400 individual CMYK relief-prints from the floor surfaces of the building which will slowly accumulate to transform the interior. Viewable from an elevated platform in the space, a vivid, sprawling and scan-like document of both building and performance will emerge.

Open to the public whilst in development, the piece can be experienced locally within the space of the warehouse, and online via a specially tailored webstream, relaying live screen-sized images of the building in 1:1 scale to remote viewers. Through contrasting the vast physical space of the warehouse with the remote and expansive networks of the internet, the work will explore notions of the artwork as an ?immersive? experience.

?The current digital revolution has established itself within one generation, where cultural experiences are now for many confined to A4-sized 72 dpi screens. For me, having straddled this major shift forward, I am interested in how perceptions of the qualities of these experiences are changing. This work begins with a perhaps futile attempt to take a 1:1 scale analogue print or ?scan? of a place. While printing usually seeks to create a precise replica or representation with clean edges in appropriate colours, these distorted images become a reflection on what information may be missing, exploring the physical qualities of analogue alongside visual and virtual digital experiences.?


Maurice Carlin is a Manchester based artist. His work revolves around the practice of publishing, defined as ?the creation of a public?, a collective consciousness built around actions in public space. Artworks explore the perception of what information we receive and send, whether derived from a TV screen, via the internet or through a day to day experience on the street.

His work has been featured in publications including Frieze, The Guardian and a-n. In 2007, he co-founded Islington Mill Art Academy, a peer-led experiment into alternative modes of art education. Recent shows include First…Next…Then…Finally, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2013), Blanco Blanco, La Escocesa, Barcelona (2012), Self Publisher and Other Works, Banner Repeater, London (2011), How to Stay Awake, MCP, Antwerp (2011) Other Forms of Life (with Bik van der Pol), AND Festival, various locations (2010) and Beyond the Dustheaps, Dickens House Museum, London (2010).

Performance Publishing: Regent Trading Estate is supported by Salford City Council, Arts Council England, Islington Mill and Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces programme.

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Duration 22 June 2013 - 29 September 2013
Times Wed to Sat, 1 - 6pm
Cost Free
Venue Unit 5, Regent Trading Estate
Address Salford Manchester M5 4DE, ,
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