Simon Farid

  • Installation
  • Live art
  • Socially Engaged Practice
  • Documentary
  • Identity
  • Site-specific
I am a sometime artist and a more time invigilator at a major art gallery in central London. My creative practice and research primarily focusses on my day-job as a site for study. My critical engagement with invigilation has four key research strands: • Workers’ conditions and experience (capital). • Institutional critique (crucially, from the position of worker in the institution). • Surveillance cultures. • Solitary poetics . This engagement takes various forms: solo visual arts practice; visual art collaborations with co- workers; outcomes in academia; secret artworks for me. This is an ongoing practice of self-research into my (and my co-workers’) contextual position, with end-aims of deeper understanding of the functioning of the hierarchies I operate in and better conditions in-and-outside-of the institution. I have extensive experience lecturing and running workshops and crits for artists, students and the public, in both arts and academic settings, as I see this as a crucial part of my own visual art practice. Most recently I co-wrote and taught a semester titled ‘Research From Below’ at Leuphana University in Germany, led a one-day crit session at Nottingham Trent University just before lockdown, and I am currently co-leading a peer review group called ‘Surveillance and Cultural Workers Performance Seminar’ with administrative support from Artquest. Further back, I ran a LADA DIY for artists titled ‘Nothing To See Here’, along with various workshops for Science Gallery Dublin, Incidental Assembly, University of Bremen, Hamburg Media School, Drugo More (Croatia), K18 Gallery (Slovenia), Loughborough University and others.