Ten things that have been in, or around our life – definitely particular, and possibly trivial.
This reading list was compiled by Brian Griffiths and Frank Kent in October 2021 to accompany the artists’ exhibition ‘Life and Its Most Trivial Particulars’. The artists have also chosen to pair each selection on their list with an anonymous quote, comment or review.
Find out more about the exhibition through the link below:
In this video self professed ‘Lifestyle Woodworker’ Paul Sellers demonstrates the strength of a hand-planed mitre joint. Using a five litre bottle of water Paul puts an increasing amount of pressure on the joint until it finally breaks.
In this 1983 footage, aired as an hourlong episode of Channel 4’s ‘Voices’, John Berger and Susan Sontag exchange ideas on storytelling, the ethics of photography and the shifting role of the storyteller from oral traditions to modern writers.
Published shortly before the Brazilian author’s death this strange and haunting novella follows the life of Macabéa, a young impoverished girl facing a difficult life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.
This book is a reprint of two rare manuals originally published in the early 20th century magazine ‘The Woodworker’ and guides the reader through various manufacturing techniques, all following standard early 20th century practice.
‘Feeling Things’ was a talk given by Steven Connor given at Objects of Emotion, Wellcome Collection, London, 16th June 2012.
Philip Trevelyan’s 1971 documentary follows the lives of the Page family. Deep in a wood in Swanbrook, near Chiddingly, Sussex, the family live without mains gas, electricity or running water and are unaware of man having reached the moon.
‘Donuts’ is the second studio album by the American hip hop producer J Dilla. Twenty-nine of the album’s thirty-one tracks were recorded from J Dilla’s hospital room, using a 45-rpm record player and a Boss SP-303 sampler. The album was released on the day of his 32nd birthday, three days before his death.
Released thirteen years after Leos Carax’s last feature-length film, ‘Pola X’, ‘Holy Motors’ is a rich and surreal film following Monsieur Oscar as he is chauffeured through Paris in a variety of guises, role-playing in an endless search for identity.
First published in 2017 ‘Making Things Work’ is a personal reflection on Hiller’s life and career as a cabinet maker. Comprised of a series of short essays, the book spans Hiller’s musings on the technicalities of woodworking to the strains of running a one-woman business in a field traditionally dominated by men.