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TALK – Simon English in conversation with Laurence Scott

Images courtesy of Jenny Lewis (left) and Penguin Random House (right).

Images courtesy of Jenny Lewis (left) and Penguin Random House (right).

THIS IS A PAST EVENT: Listen to the audio recording of the conversation here

Join us for a lively evening of discussion with artist Simon English, and acclaimed author Laurence Scott.

Scott’s new book, Picnic Comma Lightning: In Search of a New Reality  (published July 2018, Penguin Random House), explores the political, technological, and commercial forces shaping our experience of reality in the 21st century, and asks what it means to be a 'real' person in today's social-media age.  

Scott has also contributed to Simon English's recent publication, SIMON ENGLISH: my big self decoy justin beiber (published March 2018, Black Dog Publishing) alongside texts by Sally O’Reilly, Hendrik Jackson and Verena Stauffer.  

Their conversation will reflect on recent work, and on shared influences and inspirations.

Thursday 13 September – 6.30pm to 8.00pm @ PEER, 97 & 99 Hoxton St, London N1 6LP

Tickets £5 available on Eventbrite

Simon English lives and works in London. He emerged on the London Art scene in 1994 with an exhibition of paintings at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Young British Art III.

He has exhibited internationally at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; Musee D’Art Contemporaine de Val de Marne (MAC VAL), Paris France; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, U.S.A; Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria; Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany; Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland;  LAM Lille, France;   Rohkunstbau XXIII, Germany, Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Scotland; Le Musee de Cagnes Sur Mer, France; The New Art Gallery, Walsall, and Tate Britain, London, England; Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands; Galerie Delacroix, French Institute, Tangiers, Morocco; and Galerie du Jour Agnes B, Paris, France. He is currently exhibiting at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark as part of the exhibition Men and Masculinity, until 8 September. Simon English is represented by Volker Diehl, Diehl, Berlin, Germany.

Laurence Scott’s book The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World (2015) was shortlisted for The Samuel Johnson Prize, won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize, and was named the Sunday Times ‘Thought Book of the Year’. His writing has appeared in the New YorkerGuardian, Financial Times, New StatesmanBoston GlobeWired and the London Review of Books. In 2011 he was named a ‘New Generation Thinker’ by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the BBC, and now regularly writes and presents documentaries for BBC radio, as well as presenting and contributing to the Radio 3 arts and ideas programme, Free Thinking and Picnic Comma Lightning was recently featured as book of the week on Radio 4. He is a Lecturer in Writing at New York University in London, where he lives.