Iain Forsyth (1973) & Jane Pollard (1972) live and work in London. They met and began working collaboratively at Goldsmiths, graduating together in 1995. They are perhaps best known for their recreations of cultural and art historical events and documents. Theirs is an enquiry into the mechanics of liveness, repetition, reception and recollection.
Since 2005 Forsyth & Pollard have been producing an ongoing series re-working video and performance art of the 60’s and 70’s, such as Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches), a re-working of Vito Acconci’s Walk-Over (1973). They worked closely with Plan B, a young MC, to update the script and re-shoot the video liberally adopting the style and aesthetic of urban music video. In 2007 for Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown Festival they recreated Bruce Nauman’s Art Make-Up (1968) as Kiss My Nauman, replacing the artist with Dressed To Kill, the word’s longest running Kiss tribute band.
Since 2008 Forsyth & Pollard have been working on a number of projects with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. They have directed the promo videos for the critically acclaimed album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! and produced a series of fourteen 40 minute films titled Do you love me like I love you to accompany the comprehensive 2009 re-issue of the band’s influential catalogue. Their work is regularly exhibited internationally and features in several major collections around the world including the Tate Gallery, London and the Arts Council Collection.
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