05 February 2014

P.E.A.R. launch

The launch of P.E.A.R VI will take place in the Foyer Gallery at the British Council on 20 February 2014.

Jes Fernie and Marjolijn Dijkman have contributed a written and visual essay for this issue relating to the project History Rising.

P.E.A.R. (Paper for Emerging Architectural Research) aims to re-establish the fanzine as a primary medium for the dissemination of architectural ideas, musings, research and works, and to present the complexity and variety of architectural practice.

Issue VI focuses on the theme of Landscape/Ecology and features contributions from: Jonathan Hill, Mariele Neudecker, Greer Crawley, Smout Allen & Geoff Manaugh, Jan Zalasiewicz, Matthew Butcher (Post Works), Jes Fernie & Marjolijn Dijkman, aberrant architecture, DK-CM, Omar Ghazal, Hugh Mcewen & Catrina Stewart, FleaFollyArchitects:, Stasus, David Musgrave, AY Architects, Phil Tabor, Peg Rawes, Adrian Lahoud, The Big Air World.

28 January 2014


I’m currently an Associate Lecturer on the BA Fine Art Course at Central Saint Martins and have been a Visiting Lecturer at the RCA, teaching on the MA Sculpture Course as well as in the Architecture Dept, and Curating Contemporary Art course. Other recent teaching stints include ones at University of Essex (Curating Contemporary Art), University of Leicester (Art Gallery & Museum Studies), University of East Anglia (Museology Course), The Cass (MA Design for Cultural Commons) and Goldsmiths (MFA Fine Art).

Image: Lucia Quevedo, Untitled, 2015, MA Sculpture student at RCA.

28 November 2013

Agnes Denes public programme, firstsite

Agnes Denes Work: 1967 - 2013 is a retrospective of drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs held at firstsite in Colchester until 9 March 2014. It is Denes’ first solo exhibition in the UK since 1979 and has been curated by Florence Derieux, Director at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne. Jes is Associate Curator, Public Programme, for firstsite and has put together a programme of talks for the season by academics, curators, artists and climate change specialists.
More information here.

28 November 2013

On the Enclosure of Time

Marjolijn Dijkman’s installation in the Wisbech & Fenland Museum has been extended to 02 February 2014. 
This is part of the History Rising programme which includes a range of activities across East Anglia including symposia, workshops, lectures, installations and costume collection.
Click here for more information.

Photo by Thierry Bal.

20 November 2013

History Rising OUTPOST installation

The Study Day and installation at OUTPOST took place on 23 and 24 October 2013.  A packed day with speakers from the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and the University of East Anglia.  Click here for more information.

03 October 2013

The Grand Release, Marjolijn Dijkman, Norwich Castle Museum

The launch of History Rising took place at Norwich Castle Museum last Friday 27 Sept 2013.  Marjolijn Dijkman’s mobile, The Grand Release, is now installed in the rotunda space until 02 February 2014.  Each element of the mobile relates to a display structure in the museum.

15 September 2013


Jes is taking part in the forthcoming V&A Late on 27 September 2013:

Jes Fernie and Salome Schmuki
National Art Library, V&A
19:00 - 22:00
Jes Fernie’s research project tackles the subject of destruction through the human states of love, fear, boredom and glee. She has worked with graphic designer Salome Schmuki to produce a booklet detailing a selection of public art projects from over the past 100 years which involve an element of destruction that is fruitful, poignant, engaging or politically transformative.  Sit at the beautiful library desks, browse the publication and enjoy the accompanying video projections.

Here’s a pdf of the booklet

05 August 2013

History Rising, Marjolijn Dijkman

The History Rising website is now live:  http://www.historyrising.org

History Rising is a study of museum display in East Anglia by artist Marjolijn Dijkman and curator Jes Fernie. Viewers and participants are invited to reconsider their view of history by looking at the mechanisms museums put in place to create a sense of order and hierarchy within their collections. By distancing museum objects from their support structures History Rising forms a critique of the assumptions that are made about how things are positioned, who chooses to display them, and how the social, political and aesthetic choices that are made in the process dictate the language of display.

The project was launched at Norwich Castle Museum on 27 September 2013 and continues at various other venues in East Anglia until 02 February 2014.

09 May 2013

500,000 minutes event at Central Saint Martins

Jes chaired an event at Central Saint Martins last week (01 May) involving artists, Central Saint Martins creative producers, students, council staff and funders.  The conversation focused on A Million Minutes, a two year project run by AIR at CSM which looks at how local residents in Archway and Finsbury can engage with artists.  The programme is at its half way point and participants were asked to answer two questions:

What have we learned?
Where are we going?

29 March 2013

Hawkins Brown class outing

Jes organised a studio outing to the Light Show at the Hayward Gallery in March 2013.
Here we are in the Carlos Cruz-Diaz installation.

Jes is Associate Curator at Hawkins\Brown where she introduces new voices to the practice and encourages dialogue in the studio between architects and artists.  Jes also works on specific Hawkins\Brown schemes, drawing up art strategies, artists’ briefs, long-lists as well as managing commissioning processes. 

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