JS: Thanks, I like your response, sometimes collaboration is put forward as a ‘cure all’ to a whole host of different situations. There are many instances when maybe solitude is just as important.

When I came across your piece Un-fair (bronze cast of a stone from outside the artists’ studio, worn in the Assistant Director’s shoe during installation of ‘The Fair Show’) it also got me thinking about ‘peas in princess’ beds.’ I wanted to ask you if the idea of irritation or deliberately working against the grain is something you continuously work towards in your practice to perhaps upset this cosy notion of collaboration?

THP: There is no self-knowledge except historical self-knowledge. I itch therefore I am.


JS: It is my desire to begin these three email conversations with exactly the same question. This is not to suggest that your practices are in any way identical, but to stress the point that an exhibition is a shared environment for a moment in time, from which the ideas will ‘distribute’ themselves through the different ways that people experience and engage with them – be it online or in physical actuality. With this in mind I would like to begin by asking about your experiences of working collaboratively, why do you employ it and what advantages does it afford your practice/s?

THP: One should drill the hole where the board is thickest. We collaborate so you don’t have to.