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Luke Nairn


Luke Nairn is a London based artist and curator, recent exhibitions include: The iPhone Residency, MUESLI, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (Solo, 2016) Sell Out, SEIZE Projects, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, Leeds (2016) Work Space Pressure, Art Exchange, Colchester (2016) Cascading Relevant Information, CBS, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2015) Treat Yo Self, (it’s all) Tropical, Bloc Projects, Sheffield (2015) Common Bodies, East St Arts, Leeds (2015) SPUR Landing Site Gallery, (2015). Curatorial projects include: DVD IS DEAD, an instagram based video art channel founded in 2015, commissioning monthly video series by emerging artists.

January 2017: Are they names if they’re randomly generated


‘ Are they names if they’re randomly generated ’ is a new durational audio work, consisting of 14 parts the collective audios form a monologue of episodic fiction that is spoken, recorded and uploaded to SoundCloud each day. The audios present the narrator as he recalls a personal account of his daily activities to the listener and reveals his world of social homogeneity, automation and surveillance. This world is a place where the extremities of authoritarianism playout and the idiosyncrasies of the narrator endeavour to permeate.

Informed by philosopher Willem F.G. Haselager writing on robotics and autonomy , science fiction literature and political discourse the work will weave appropriated texts, phrases and instructions with original material to create an abstract narrative .


What did you do on a daily basis during the 2 week period?

Come home from work, write the text based largely on my daily activity, then record the work in my kitchen and add the effect.

How did the residency affect your own artistic practice or production during and after the residency?

Made me feel

Do you think you’ll carry on with the residency or project afterwards?

I will definitely carry on using writing in my work.

Did the residency result in any specific additional work inspired by the process? If so how and what?

I have been interviewed by isthisit? for their first issue and the piece is accompanied by imagery created from the text of the residency work.

Thanks so much!



View residency below:

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