the authorities

A RESIDENCY WITH ROB FLINT as part of the Nottingham Castle open prize


The Authorities: Part I is open for public viewing the first weekend in December (from Friday 1st) at Syson Gallery in Nottingham. Part II will take place as part of a takeover of Division of Labour's space on Herald Street in London for First Thursday on 7th December.



THE AUTHORITIES is a body of new work by Rob Flint looking at the aesthetics of command and control in vision and sound, from flickering hazard signage to the inner voices that issue divine orders. Combining audio, video, and a unique method of painting with vinyl tape, THE AUTHORITIES explores power as an absurd dance of seduction, and compulsion. The project is the accumulation of a residency in conjunction with The Nottingham Castle Open, where the artist won the fourth annual Syson Gallery Prize.  We will also presents a series of accompanying texts to the project, selected in collaboration with Rob Flint.


Rob Flint is an artist whose work uses the idea of the voice, in spoken and written form, with sound, pattern and text. He was educated at University of the Arts, Royal College of Art, and University of Sussex. In the 1990s he played tiny European venues with little-known electronica quartet ‘Ticklish’. Since 2006, with Christine Sullivan, he created works exploring description and narration, including 'The Bill Burroughs Memorial Choir' and 'Conversation Piece' in 'Hlysnan' at Casino Luxembourg in Luxembourg. Other collaborative activity includes 'I DO DECLARE: Adventures in the First Person' at Five Years Gallery, London. Recently, his sixty-second film ‘Band’ was awarded first prize by Mark Titchner in Southwark Café Gallery Open 2015 and a large-scale billboard version of text piece ‘About the Work’ was commissioned by Bloc Projects in Sheffield. Recent exhibitions include Midpointness; Airspace, Stoke-on-Trent; Five Finger Discount, Bronze Dog, Gothenburg, Sweden; Razzle Dazzle, Transition Gallery, London; SKY BLUE HYSON GREEN, performance & installation in: Dissonances (Beverly Bennett, Nottingham Collective) New Art Exchange, Nottingham.

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events in summary




Friday 1/12: open evening 6pm - 9pm

Saturday 2/12: In Conversation Lunch with Rob Flint + Jennie Syson at 2pm * Booking required

Sunday 3/12: Gallery open 12-5 for viewings. Curator's Walkthrough at 2pm




Thursday 7/12: open evening 6PM - 9PM

Friday 8/12 + Saturday 9/12 + Sunday 10/12

Friday 15/12 + Saturday + 16/12 Sunday 17/12
Gallery Open 12 - 5PM