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Steve Dutton

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Personal statement

I am an artist, artistic researcher and academic. Much of my work as a practitioner has been in collaborations, but I am currently producing a new body of solo work which is characterised by a play with image/ text boundaries as a means to think around, and through, institutional and rhetorical frameworks and behaviours.

As Head of Art and Director of the Art Research Centre I am encouraging a holistic approach to art, research, education, curation and practice, to explore new avenues where art practice and pedagogic philosophy can come together in a brilliant Art School environment.

Up until June 2016, I was Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln where I developed Artistic Research and National and International Networks. Prior to Lincoln I was Professor in Creative Practice at Coventry University for 4 years (where I founded and developed Lanchester Gallery Projects along with Sadie Kerr). I designed and was Course Leader for the MA Fine Art Course at Sheffield Hallam University for 10 years then Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam for 5 years.

Individual and collaborative projects have been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, including The Stag and Hound at PSL in Leeds, for which Dutton and Swindells were nominated for the prestigious Northern Art Prize.

Online academic presence

Steve Dutton on Academia.edu

Research

My work can be seen in the context of post-conceptual artistic practices which play with and interrogate images, objects and texts through processes of collage, appropriation and multiple association. I am increasingly working on the subject of ‘Artists’ institutes and the Institutes of Art’, drawing on my own practice and the practice of a growing body of artists who seek to rethink the nature of the art educational institution as a process of unfolding ‘epistemic events’ rather than a sequence of ‘progressive’ tiers of knowledge.

Current projects

I will be performing new work in collaboration with sound artist Annie Morrad for the Performance Arcade Festival in Wellington NZ in March 2017.

Recent projects

Recent projects include Midpointness , a Co-Curated project with Andrew Bracey for Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK and the Trans-Art Triennial 2016, Art/Text. For NCST gallery. Tangshan, China and The Work is a Score for The Lock-Up Art and Culture Centre, Newcastle, Australia.

I co-curated two major projects with Dr. Brian Curtin of Bangkok University, entitled ‘Possession (1) for Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre (BACC), which opened in March 2013 and Possession(2) for LGP in Coventry (March 2014). In 2015, I was Visiting Professor at the School of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Research and academic outputs

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Possession (1) : an international exhibition of contemporary art
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Curtin, B and Dutton, S (2013) Possession (1) : an international exhibition of contemporary art. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Bangkok.


Dutton and Swindells: Institute of Beasts
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Dutton, S, Swindells, S and Cocker, E (2011) Dutton and Swindells: Institute of Beasts. Site Gallery, Sheffield. ISBN 9781899926138


Unspeaking engagements
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Curtin, B and Dutton, S (2009) Unspeaking engagements. The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.


Biennials and city-wide events
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Dutton, S and Griffin, J, eds. (2007) Biennials and city-wide events. a-n The Artists Information Company, Newcastle upon Tyne. ISBN 9780907730828


Text + work = work
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2006) Text + work = work. Arts Institute at Bournemouth, Bournemouth. ISBN 9780901196118


Misleading epiphenomena
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Dutton, S, Swindells, S and Penner, B (2005) Misleading epiphenomena. Artwords Press, London. ISBN 9780954390877


Entropic gym : Steve Dutton, Percy Peacock and Steve Swindells
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Dutton, S, Peacock, P, Swindells, S and Cheung, J (2002) Entropic gym : Steve Dutton, Percy Peacock and Steve Swindells. Mercer Union, Toronto. ISBN 9780921527565


Daylight
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2002) Daylight. Artists' Publication. ISBN 1843870010


On vanishing : Dutton & Peacock
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de Oliveira, N and Dutton, S (2001) On vanishing : Dutton & Peacock. Site Gallery; Mid Pennine Gallery, Sheffield; Burnley. ISBN 9781899926800


Towards an office of institutional aesthetics: part two
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Dutton, S (2015) 'Towards an office of institutional aesthetics: part two.' In: Lowry, S and Douglas, S, eds. Anywhere v1. Project Anywhere, Newcastle, Australia, pp. 38-41. ISBN 9780692322970


Catalogue essay
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Dutton, S (2012) 'Catalogue essay.' In: McLeer, B, ed. One + One - Brigid McLeer. Highlanes Gallery, Wexford. ISBN 978095543114


The mind's eye in the severed head of the works of M.K. Ho
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Dutton, S (2010) 'The mind's eye in the severed head of the works of M.K. Ho.' In: Landscapes in the brain. Ho Huang-Ching. ISBN 9789574171620


Loss of irony
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2008) 'Loss of irony.' In: Erdmann, C and Lee, M.H.H, eds. Preoccupations : things artists do anyway - 111 artists reveal their obsessions. Laiyan Projects & Studio Bibliothèque, Hong Kong. ISBN 9789881763518


Spatiality, homelessness and anxiety: Dutton and Peacock
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Dutton, S and Peacock, P (2002) 'Spatiality, homelessness and anxiety: Dutton and Peacock.' In: Kivland, S and Sanderson, L, eds. Transmission: speaking & listening, vol. 1. Sheffield Hallam University / Site Gallery, Sheffield. ISBN 9780863399862


Cuts in culture
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Dutton, S and Beales, K (2011) 'Cuts in culture.' AN Magazine, Dec.


On the specificity of biennials
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Dutton, S (2011) 'On the specificity of biennials.' AN Magazine, Dec.


The Biennial's radical heart
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Dutton, S (2010) 'The Biennial's radical heart.' AN Magazine, Dec.


Writing encounters: Institute of Beasts (2008)
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2009) 'Writing encounters: Institute of Beasts (2008).' Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2 (1). pp. 117-125. ISSN 1753-5204


Apocotropes, Dutton and Peacock, The Dog and Duck, Dutton and Swindells
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Dutton, S (2007) 'Apocotropes, Dutton and Peacock, The Dog and Duck, Dutton and Swindells.' Journal of Visual Art Practice, 6 (3). pp. 251-256. ISSN 1470-2029


Curatorial questions around the British Art Show
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Dutton, S (2006) 'Curatorial questions around the British Art Show.' AN Magazine, Nov.


Biennials and “biennials”
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Dutton, S (2006) 'Biennials and “biennials”.' AN Magazine, Jun.


Brownfield, Art Sheffield 03, 2003
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2005) 'Brownfield, Art Sheffield 03, 2003.' Art Omma, 11.


A work in process
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Dutton, S and Morrad, A (2016) A work in process. In: Fine Art Research Network Symposium: Research Practice - Practice Research, 15 July 2016, University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Lancaster, UK.


Words fail me
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Morrad, A and Dutton, S (2016) Words fail me. In: Fine Art Research Network Symposium: Research Practice - Practice Research, 15 July 2016, University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Lancaster, UK.


Art, philosophy, writing and speech
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Dutton, S (2016) Art, philosophy, writing and speech. In: International Conference on Artistic Research, 28 -29 April 2016, University of the Arts, The Hague, Netherlands.


The work is a score
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Dutton, S (2015) The work is a score. In: Next to Nothing: Art as Performance - a meeting of art and philosophy in the age of post-dematerialisation, 26 - 27 September 2015, The Lock up Culture Centre, Newcastle, Australia.


The flickering institution
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Dutton, S (2015) The flickering institution. In: Material Culture in Action: Practices of Making, Collecting and Re-enacting Art and Design, 7 - 8 September 2015, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland.


Text and work
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Dutton, S (2015) Text and work. In: Text Versus a Piece of Art, 18 -20 May 2015, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland.


Towards an office of institutional aesthetics
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Dutton, S (2014) Towards an office of institutional aesthetics. In: Art and Research at the Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity, 13 -14 November 2014, Parsons School, New York, USA.


Institutional aesthetics: art takes residence
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Dutton, S (2014) Institutional aesthetics: art takes residence. In: 9th Annual International Conference of the Arts in Society: "The Lives of ART", 25 - 27 June 2014, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy.


The Artists' Institute and the Institute of Art: a place which is not yet a 'place'
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Shepley, A and Dutton, S (2013) The Artists' Institute and the Institute of Art: a place which is not yet a 'place'. In: 8th Annual Conference of the Arts in Society, 24 - 26 June 2013, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.


The Institute of Ruin
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Shepley, A and Dutton, S (2013) The Institute of Ruin. In: Sensuous Knowledge 7, 23 - 25 January 2013, Kunsthgskolen/National Institute for the Arts, Bergen, Norway.


Inhabiting the language of the institution: how artists, teachers and students are occupying the institutional rhetoric which surrounds them
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Dutton, S (2012) Inhabiting the language of the institution: how artists, teachers and students are occupying the institutional rhetoric which surrounds them. In: 5th Elia Teachers' Academy, 11 - 13 July 2012, Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo, Porto, Portugal.


The Institute of Beasts: strategies of doubt and refusal in a contemporary art practice
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Dutton, S (2011) The Institute of Beasts: strategies of doubt and refusal in a contemporary art practice. In: 2nd Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 6 - 9 June 2011, Athens, Greece.


Untitled conference paper
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Dutton, S (2011) Untitled conference paper. In: Creativity, Play, and the Imagination across Disciplines, 26 - 28 May 2011, Columbia University, New York City, NY, USA.


Clueless: contradictions, malapropisms and tensions within a contemporary art practice
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Dutton, S (2010) Clueless: contradictions, malapropisms and tensions within a contemporary art practice. In: 1st Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts, 7 - 10 June 2010, Titania Hotel, Athens, Greece.


Post-conceptual artists’ practices
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2008) Post-conceptual artists’ practices. In: Writing Encounters: Curating the Encounter Between Writing and Performance, 11 - 13 September 2008, St John University, York, UK.


Institute of Beasts
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2008) Institute of Beasts. In: Writing Encounters, 11 -13 September 2008, York St. John University, York, UK.


Why Art Sheffield 05 is not a biennial
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Dutton, S (2005) Why Art Sheffield 05 is not a biennial. In: Spectator T Symposium, 28 October 2005, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, UK.


Performance arcade
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Dutton, S and Morrad, A (2017) Performance arcade. In: Performing, Writing, Matiu Island, Wellington, New Zealand, 10 - 19 March 2017.


Midpointness [curators]
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Bracey, A and Dutton, S (2016) Midpointness [curators]. Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, 18 November - 17 December 2016.


Trans-Art Triennial [curators]
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Dutton, S and Bracey, A (2016) Trans-Art Triennial [curators]. Uferstudios, Berlin, Germany, 5 - 7 August 2016.


Midpointness [curators]
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Bracey, A and Dutton, S (2015) Midpointness [curators]. Lock Up Gallery, Newcastle, Australia, 23 – 27 September 2015.


Care + Attend [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S (2015) Care + Attend [group exhibition]. Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK, 30 April - 1 May 2015.


Art/Text [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S (2015) Art/Text [group exhibition]. NCST Gallery, Tangshan, China, 2015.


(detail) [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S (2014) (detail) [group exhibition]. H-Project Space, Bangkok, Thailand, 5 June -24 August 2014. ISBN 9780956881434


Possession (2) [curators]
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Dutton, S and Curtin, B (2014) Possession (2) [curators]. Lanchester Gallery, Coventry, UK, 14 March - 13 April 2014.


Possession (1) [curators]
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Dutton, S and Curtin, B (2013) Possession (1) [curators]. Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, 4 March - 26 May 2013. ISBN 9783033037809


End of ends
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Dutton, S and Webb, N (2012) End of ends. In: Bend In The River, x-church, Gainsborough, UK, 19 -26 May 2012.


One minute hare chase (2006)
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Dutton, S (2012) One minute hare chase (2006). In: Modern Times – Episode 2: Faster-Slower, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (and others), 2012.


Blind Python with Jewelled Eyes [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2011) Blind Python with Jewelled Eyes [group exhibition]. Greestone Gallery, Lincoln, UK, 7 - 22 December 2011.


The Stag and Hound
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2011) The Stag and Hound. Project Space, Leeds, UK, 20 January - 14 April 2011. ISBN 9781899926138


Death to the fascist insect (2009)
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2010) Death to the fascist insect (2009). In: Surface Depth, H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand, 2 - 30 September 2010.


Unspeaking Engagements [curators]
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Dutton, S and Curtin, B (2009) Unspeaking Engagements [curators]. Art Center of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 27 August – 3 October 2009.


The Institute of Beasts
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2009) The Institute of Beasts. Kuando Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 20 June - 8 August 2009.


Institute of Beasts
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2009) Institute of Beasts. In: Curating Knowledge, Alsager Art Centre Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, Alsager, UK, 2 - 6 February 2009.


Death to the fascist insect (2009)
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2008) Death to the fascist insect (2009). In: Drawing Breath = Respirar Arte, Lugar do Desenho, Valbom, Portugal, 13 September - 15 October 2008.


Recent Work for Ssamzie Space: International Residency Programme
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2008) Recent Work for Ssamzie Space: International Residency Programme. Ssamzie Space, Seoul, South Korea, January - April 2008.


A Little Bit Goes a Long Way [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2007) A Little Bit Goes a Long Way [group exhibition]. Consortium, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8 - 29 December 2007.


Un Jour de Beauté
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Shepley, A and Dutton, S (2007) Un Jour de Beauté. The Nunnery, London, UK, 14 September - 30 October 2007.


Faith [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2007) Faith [group exhibition]. Crossley Gallery, Halifax, UK, 22 September 2007 – 21st January 2008.


Autobiobliophiles: Artists Who Make or Use Books [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2007) Autobiobliophiles: Artists Who Make or Use Books [group exhibition]. Studio Bibliothèque, Hong Kong, China, 27 May - 3 June 2007.


The Dog and Duck
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2006) The Dog and Duck. Kookmin Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, 2006.


Text + Work = "Work"
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2006) Text + Work = "Work". Arts Institute, Bournemouth, UK, February 2006. ISBN 9780901196118


Similar to nothing
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Hawley, S and Dutton, S (2005) Similar to nothing. In: VAD Festival Internacional de Vídeo i Arts Digitals = The Annual Girona Film Festival, Girona City, Catalonia, Spain, 2005.


Similar to nothing
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Hawley, S and Dutton, S (2005) Similar to nothing. In: Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland, 12 - 16 October 2005.


Txtrapolis
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2005) Txtrapolis. NAFA Gallery 2, Singapore, 3 -11 September 2005.


Sex, Death and Flat Pack Furniture [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S (2005) Sex, Death and Flat Pack Furniture [group exhibition]. MMU, Manchester, UK, 2005.


Folklore
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2005) Folklore. APT Gallery, London, UK, 2005.


Emergency 2
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2005) Emergency 2. Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK, 2005.


The green text
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2004) The green text. In: Alternative Action Plan, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK, 20 November - 18 December 2004.


Host 4
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2004) Host 4. In: Cornwall Film Festival, Falmouth Arts Centre, Falmouth, UK, 12 - 14 November 2004.


Shift
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2004) Shift. In: [shift] - EmergeD, Merrion Centre, Leeds, UK, 15 March - 3 April 2004.


Site for Unbuilding [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S (2004) Site for Unbuilding [group exhibition]. Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham, Wales, 2004.


ArtStar
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Dutton, S and Peacock, P (2003) ArtStar. In: Look To This Day, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK, 3 October - 23 November 2003.


Brown-field site
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Dutton, S and Swindells, S (2003) Brown-field site. In: Art Sheffield '03, Sheffield, UK, 24 March – 4 April 2003.


Entropic Gym Variation
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Dutton, S, Peacock, P and Swindells, S (2003) Entropic Gym Variation. Sheppard Contemporary Gallery, Reno, NV, USA, 2003.


Power to the People : Contemporary Art Forum [group exhibition]
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Dutton, S, Peacock, P and Swindells, S (2002) Power to the People : Contemporary Art Forum [group exhibition]. Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, Canada, 21 - 29 September 2002. ISBN 0973038411


Entropic Gym
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Dutton, S, Peacock, P and Swindells, S (2002) Entropic Gym. Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada, 14 March - 20 April 2002.


Kayakoy
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Dutton, S, Peacock, P and Swindells, S (2001) Kayakoy. Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 8 March - 1 April 2001.


The Gwangju Biennale 2012 [exhibition review]
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Dutton, S (2013) The Gwangju Biennale 2012 [exhibition review]. Axisweb.


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