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  1. Claire Fontaine. Capitalism Kills Love, 2012

    Claire Fontaine. Capitalism Kills Love, 2012

  2. Claire Fontaine. Capitalism Kills Love, 2012

    Claire Fontaine. Capitalism Kills Love, 2012

  3. Ruth Proctor. This is for Luck and Protection, 2012

    Ruth Proctor. This is for Luck and Protection, 2012

  4. Ruth Proctor. This is for Luck and Protection, 2012

    Ruth Proctor. This is for Luck and Protection, 2012

  5. Adam Chodzko. We love you here even when you are there, 2012

    Adam Chodzko. We love you here even when you are there, 2012

  6. Adam Chodzko. We love you here even when you are there, 2012

    Adam Chodzko. We love you here even when you are there, 2012

  7. Douglas Gordon. 33 Degrees of Enlightenment, 2012

    Douglas Gordon. 33 Degrees of Enlightenment, 2012

  8. Douglas Gordon. 33 Degrees of Enlightenment, 2012

    Douglas Gordon. 33 Degrees of Enlightenment, 2012

  9. Inventory. Evacuate London, 2012

    Inventory. Evacuate London, 2012

  10. Inventory. Evacuate London, 2012

    Inventory. Evacuate London, 2012

  11. Inventory. Evacuate London, 2012

    Inventory. Evacuate London, 2012

  12. Micah Purnell. The Finger, 2012

    Micah Purnell. The Finger, 2012

  13. Micah Purnell. The Finger, 2012

    Micah Purnell. The Finger, 2012

  14. Mike Ricketts. Hell is Other People, 2012

    Mike Ricketts. Hell is Other People, 2012

  15. Mike Ricketts. Hell is Other People, 2012

    Mike Ricketts. Hell is Other People, 2012

  16. Mike Ricketts. Hell is Other People, 2012

    Mike Ricketts. Hell is Other People, 2012

  17. Gardar Eide Einarsson. Untitled (Those in Power), 2012

    Gardar Eide Einarsson. Untitled (Those in Power), 2012

  18. Gardar Eide Einarsson. Untitled (Those in Power), 2012

    Gardar Eide Einarsson. Untitled (Those in Power), 2012

Notes from Nowhere

Taking inspiration from Victorian designer William Morris’ utopian novel News from Nowhere, which envisaged a new, fairer future, Notes from Nowhere cast the Somerset town of Frome as a broadcaster of social and political ideas.

Rather than having any fixed physical form in the town, Notes from Nowhere commissioned 8 British and international artists to disseminate political and social ideas through the town’s existing social structures – from markets to schools to campaign groups to pubs – and via a team of Foreground pamphleteers who directly engaged the public throughout the project. The artists were explicitly commissioned to create projects for distributable media – posters, bags, badges, letters and adverts – that could be widely shared and encourage the general public to personal and political action.

Artworks were distributed freely to the public each week during the project in Frome’s town centre spreading mass messages about money, tolerance, personal freedom and the structures of power in society. The works made their mark on Frome through the multiplication of the artist’s messages found around the town and were designed to stimulate comment on philosophical, political and social structures.

The works were often accompanied by specific instructions for the public to follow to help disseminate the artworks to a wider audience or to nominate who should receive specific artworks. Specific works were designed to broadcast Frome’s voice nationally and internationally through mass mailings by the public of printed artworks to particular target groups beyond the town, whether that be the population of London or those in power in government and the media. In this way the project involved its audience directly in determining how and where the artworks manifested themselves and also in deciding who becomes the extended audience for the artworks both in the town and beyond.

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