Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard are collaborative visual artists who work with live art, film and video. I invited Iain and Jane to work within the constraints of the various spatial contexts at Broadway culminating in a retrospective examination of their continued engagement with the how the soundtrack underpins contemporary life.

Their interdisciplinary excavations into contemporary society’s increasing focus on simulation and pretense has led to films and actions, meticulously recreating cultural events. From re-staging David Bowie’s entire final performance as Ziggy Stardust to explorations into the works of Bruce Nauman and Vito Acconci, setting them against a contemporary aesthetic.

Precious Little Series
A collection from four installments in which the artists explore the culture of the mix-tape, the compilation tapes of pop songs that people have made to give to each other. Celebrations of loving and loving music, the videos are a further step in Forsyth & Pollard's exploration of emotion, fantasy and authenticity in the age of mass culture and mass reproduction. In each video, the artists turn the camera onto the personal lives of the people they know and meet in different contexts; using the style of the video diary, their subjects talk about love, crushes, breaking up, and how it's impossible to fancy someone who can't see how brilliant Morrissey is.

Kiss My Nauman
A single take of each of the four members of the world's longest running Kiss tribute band, Dressed to Kill, putting on their character's make-up. Referencing Art Make-Up, a work by seminal American video artist Bruce Nauman forty years after it was originally made.

Walk With Nauman (Re-Performance Corridor)
Playing back to the art world, the work of Vito Acconci is thrown through the gloss and graded colour of MTV. Whilst revising and updating early experimental video and performance art, Walking With Nauman also questions the means and ends of artistic production in the face of an increasingly globalised culture.

Thou shalt not know exactly what thou dost, but thou shalt do it
For Broadway, in collaboration with Iain and Jane we compiled a series of short films for a screening event and artists talk. Artists included in the screening programme were Gilbert & George, Mark Wallinger and John Smith interjected with their own Séance pieces filmed on set with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

May 2009

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2007
"Precious Little Series": Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2007


Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2007
"Kiss My Nauman": Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2007

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2006
"Walk With Nauman": Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2006

promo for Dig Lazerus Dig!
Seance Scene: promo for Dig Lazerus Dig!