Fay Nicolson & Oliver Smith


Constitution of the Damned

August 2011

An ongoing body of work developed in conversation with curators Fatima Hellberg and Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz relating to an archive of disparate and potentially marginal material. A Publick Display (of Performed Normality) is a series of posters that combine images, text and typographic devices to translate and reformat selected documents; co-opting the language of manifestos, propaganda, branding and advertising. This poster series utilizes different methods of display depending on site and context. Anarchive is an online chaotic library re-animating selected elements of the archive. Constitution of the Damned has manifested itself at Landings in Vestfossen, Norway, 2011; as part of Past Present Future Space-Time at Wysing Arts Center, Cambridge, 2011; and as a radio play for Resonance FM.