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small pieces of paper

small pieces of paper

Characteristically, while thinking about bigger and more complicated things, I’ve been drawing again – and accumulating a series of small pieces of paper, marked with drawings of small pieces of paper…

 

piece of paper #2

 

piece of paper #7

 

piece of paper #8

 

piece of paper #2, #7 and #8, pigment pen and watercolour on paper, 15cm x 10cm, Mike Brookes 2015 – from the ongoing pieces of paper series.

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holiday

holiday

La Laguna 18/07.2014

 

La Laguna 18/07.2014

 

nearly a third and almost a quarter [ La Laguna 18/07/2014 ], pair of digital photographs, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2014 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

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about 1000 people

about 1000 people

 

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untitled [ Spanish-Moroccan border, Melilla, 23:54, 16/12/2013 ], one minute of found infrared surveillance footing, modified and looped, dimensions and duration variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

 

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autumn in New York

autumn in New York

West Broadway 29/10/2013

 

untitled [ West Broadway 29/10/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

 

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…almost time to leave

…almost time to leave

merry go round

 

untitled [ Firglade Avenue 23/10/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

 

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bison stew, beer, and entropy

bison stew, beer, and entropy

Closing the fourth week of our residency here in Salina, we have spent this weekend with the Land Institute – a small but world renowned agricultural research centre sitting just outside the city, now almost forty years into its ongoing mission to develop hybrid perennial grain and oil seed crop species, and practices of polyculture, that might enable “an agriculture as sustainable as the native ecosystems it displaces” – a relaxed and refreshing weekend listening to leading scientist, researchers, economists and financiers, discussing possible futures, in an old open wooden barn, under a very clear blue Kansas sky…

 

parking lot #1

 

untitled [ Salina 14/8/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

 

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party

party

balloons

 

untitled [ Peroblasco 14/8/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

 

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village hall dance

village hall dance

merry go round

 

untitled [ Abercych twmpath 11/05/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

 

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neighbour

neighbour

merry go round

 

untitled [ Llanon 22/04/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

 

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merry go round

merry go round

merry go round

 

untitled [ Plaza Mayor 21/12/2012 ], camera phone image, dimensions and proportions variable, Mike Brookes 2012 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

 

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bits of somewhere far away

bits of somewhere far away

While considering possible futures for our ongoing What if everything we know is wrong? project, Rosa Casado and I have been sorting through the remnants of its recent past – here are just a handful of scanned polaroids, selected from the fragments we generated across its last phase…

 

Polaroid #3

Polaroid #5

Polaroid #7

Polaroid #9

 

sky #3, #5, #7 and #9 [polaroid series #2] : polaroid photographs, Mike Brookes 2012.

 

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danger

danger

danger of death #1.1

danger of death #1.2

 

danger of death 1.1 + 1.2, graphic image work, modified found sign, dimensions and colours variable, Mike Brookes 2012 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

 

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quiet queen

quiet queen

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five minute queen [silent], video fragment captured on mobile phone, sound removed, dimensions and proportions variable, Mike Brookes 2012 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.