Part home-furnishing, part-collage, Notes on a Carpet is the latest collaborative iteration of We Are Publication, a contemporary art research group based at Kingston University, London. At Five Years, a luxurious hand-tufted floor carpet stages underfoot the research concerns of the group’s current contributors. How can the mutability of textiles foster individual critical interests as collective representation? This question attempts to embed the conventions of publishing i.e.,contributors, editors, printers, alongside live aspects of performance and theatre, allowing the carpet to function as magazine, as stage, and as a record recounting the groups' own sense of shared play and experimentation.
Based at Kingston's Centre for Useless Splendour, We Are Publication is a loose collective of academics and doctoral research candidates interested in developing and activating practical means of entering specific projects and broader questions into the public domain. Since 2014, the group has been testing what ‘publication’ might mean, equating it with broadcast in outward facing, communicative, often collaborative forms.
Carpet editor and fabricator, Christian Newby. Contributors here include Andrea Stokes, Bill Leslie, Daniel Shanken, Dean Kenning, Felicity Hammond, Gareth Jones, Jenna Collins, John Hughes, Jonathan Allen, Katy McLeod, Marianne Keating, Maryam Tafakory, Maureen de Jaeger, Melissa Gordon, Rachel Cattle, Rupert Norfolk, Sadegh Aleahmad, Simon Josebury and Volker Eichelmann.