No Competition!
Paul Farrington, Ian Whittlesea & Charlie Murphy
Spring - Summer 2012

No Competition! is an offsite programme of artist projects exploring the relationship between art and non-competitive sport. Three new commissions by Paul Farrington, Charlie Murphy and Ian Whittlesea will launch individually over the programme’s three month duration and coincide with celebrations leading up to the London 2012 Olympics as part of Go Kingston 2012. Please Note: This offsite programme is taking place at various locations in Kingston, in central London and here online, whilst the the Stanley Picker Gallery is closed for refurbishments (May-Sept 2012). See Programme below for all No Competition! dates and venues.

Paul Farrington
Kingston Navigation Wheel
No Competition! commences with a series of new cultural walking-trails developed by designer Paul Farrington as part of a Royal Borough of Kingston initiative – funded by the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund and Design for London – to create new ways for pedestrians to discover and enjoy Kingston town centre. Research for the project has been informed by the history of Surrey Walking Club, Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge, the sporting pursuits of Orienteering and Pedestrianism – popular in the late 1800s – and interviews with local residents. For No Competition! Farrington has designed the Kingston Navigation Wheel, a special paper disc that visitors can use to explore alternative routes around the town, discover individual and collective histories, and newly observe the details that make up their everyday surroundings.
Click here for the latest updates on the Kingston Navigation Wheel.

Ian Whittelsea
The Demonstration of GentlenessMazdaznan Health & Breath Culture
In Ian Whittlesea‘s film commission for No Competition! identical twins Helen and Kathryn Cartwright are seen demonstrating the Ju-no-Kata, a choreographed pattern of judo movement. The film references artist and judo devotee Yves Klein’s Les Fondements du Judo (The Foundations of Judo), published in 1954 and translated into English by Whittlesea in 2009. Whittlesea’s second project for No Competition! relates to the exercises that Swiss artist and teacher Johannes Itten taught his students at the Bauhaus. Itten was a devout Mazdaznan and derived these exercises from the book Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture by Dr. Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha’nish. Whittlesea has produced a newly illustrated and annotated edition of this book (published in collaboration with Open Editions, London) together with a set of posters depicting Kingston University Art & Design Foundation Course students performing the original Mazdaznan exercises.

Please note: It is intended by the artist that the piece be viewed, as it appears, in standard Vimeo format and not enlarged to full-screen. Thanks to Helen and Kathryn Cartwright, the Croydon Judo Club, Tat Whalley, Derek ‘Smudge’ Smith, Alan Rickard, Shelia Hearsey, Karen French, The British Judo Association, Colin Cartwright, Dennis & Tina Penfold, the film crew Ella Marshall-Dutton, Yoyo Zhao Siyu, Henry Gray, Philip Warnell and Kingston University Film Department, and Marlborough Contemporary.

Click here to view the Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture online gallery.

Charlie Murphy
The Kingston Big Wheel
For her Kingston Big Wheel, artist Charlie Murphy is recruiting a team of local gymnasts, dancers and athletes to form a spectacular chain of human locomotion which will be presented as a special live performance for the International Youth Arts Festival 2012. Incorporating a series of choreographed movements inspired by the iconic motion-sequence imagery of Kingston-born Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge, the piece responds to formal public displays, dance spectaculars and protest traditions. An accompanying new digital video work, celebrating the stroboscopic qualities of this epic athletic endeavour will be shown at Kingston Museum accompanying the exhibition Olympic Celebration: Athletes in Motion.

IMPORTANT: Due to continued wet weather forecasts, we have been forced to cancel the outdoor event on 21 July. The workshops and video element of this project will still take place as advertised on this site.

Click here to find out how to get involved in the Kingston Big Wheel.


Wed 25 April 12.30-2pm Stanley Picker Gallery
Introductory Lecture by all the participating artists.

Sat 28 April 12-4pm Stanley Picker Gallery
Paul Farrington Kingston Navigation Wheel Launch Event & Guided Tour
Collect your free copy of the wheel at the No Competition! launch event and join a guided tour led by its creator Paul Farrington. The Kingston Navigation Wheel will also be available at the Market House, Kingston Museum, Rose Theatre and Kingston University’s Faculty of Fine Art, Design and Architecture.

Guided tours following the five cultural walking trails mapped on Paul Farrington’s Kingston Navigation Wheel, on the themes of Bridges, Death, Muybridge, 3 Fishes and Made Here will start from the Market House at 1pm & 3pm on the following dates. Email to reserve your FREE place or call 020 8417 4074.
Sat 28 Apr Bridges Walk & Death Walk
Mon 7 May Muybridge Walk
Wed 23 May 3 Fishes Walk
Sat 2 Jun Bridges Walk
Sat 16 Jun Made Here Walk & Death Walk

Sat 23 June 2-3pm Barbican Art Gallery Bookshop, Barbican Centre, London
Ian Whittlesea Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture Book Launch
The book will be launched and posters displayed as part of a wider programme of events accompanying the Barbican’s major summer exhibition Bauhaus: Art as Life. The poster edition will also be displayed around Kingston University and here online.

Mon 25 June 6-8pm (screening every 15 mins) Studio Cinema, BFI Southbank, London
Ian Whittlesea The Demonstration of Gentleness
Launched at the BFI Southbank, in collaboration with Marlborough Contemporary, The Demonstration of Gentleness will then be screened here online.

28 July-20 Oct Kingston Museum
Charlie Murphy The Kingston Big Wheel Video
Documentary images and film-footage of the project will be shown at Kingston Museum to accompany the exhibition Olympic Celebration: Athletes in Motion 28 July-20 Oct 2012

Participation: Click here to find out about our programme of participatory workshops, events and Saturday Art Clubs that accompany No Competition!

About the artists:

Paul Farrington leads Studio Tonne, whose eclectic portfolio has included interactive screen-based solutions for Moby and Depeche Mode, print work for the RCA and large scale installations for Imperial College London. Trained as a graphic designer at the RCA, Paul works in the spaces between art, illustration, identity, publication, website, music, soundtoys, exhibition and public space design. His work has been shown at events and festivals such as Mutek (Canada), Transmediale (Berlin), Lovebytes (UK), Sonar (Spain), Ars Electronica (Vienna), Sintensi (Naples), Domus Academy (Milan), Experimenta (Lisbon) and the Kulturhuset (Stockholm).

Ian Whittlesea‘s work is often concerned with words, and with the lives and work of other artists and writers. It assumes many forms: from painstaking text paintings that take years to make, to ephemeral posters and transient projections. In 2003 he began to learn judo and translated Yves Klein’s 1954 book Les Fondements du Judointo English. This generated a series of related events and ephemera, including recreations of Klein’s Judo Académie de Paris at Tate Modern (2009) and Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam (2009). He has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, including at Payne Shurvell Gallery, London (2011), The Narrows, Melbourne (2010) and The Chelsea Space, London (2009), and is represented by Marlborough Contemporary, London.

Charlie Murphy graduated in Fine Art (Photography) from the RCA in 1999 and works across a wide range of media including photography, video, performance, sculpture and light installations. Often making work in response to specific sites and opportunities, her art has engaged an eclectic range of subjects and communities including dentistry, trout tickling, cartwheeling and country dancing. She has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, including presentations for the Wellcome Collection (2011), Tate Modern (2007),  the Edinburgh Festival (2006) and the Venice Biennale (2005).

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