Neal White is an artist based in Brixton, London. His works explore how art acts to disclose the enclosed, dislocate knowledge and invert its subjects through process-led inquiry. He has worked with marginal and emergent institutions and explored the platform given to art and artists in addressing societal, environmental and ecological concerns. His independent projects have been undertaken within artists archives, through the testing of arts ‘epistemic’ things, working alongside non-disciplinary marginal institutions, through self-experimentation and developing field-based experiments as well as inverting systems for exploring landscapes of secrecy/power.
This practice has also involved many deep collaborative relationships that are key to a process of engaging complex subjects, including the realisation of installations, exhibitions and research projects/publications. Since co-founding Soda in London in 1997, an art and technology collective that exhibited Internationally between 1998-2002, he has worked collectively on projects with groups such as the experimental architects N55 (DK) to closer more informal inter-generational associations with late British artists’ John Latham and Barbara Steveni - formally joining their group O+I in 2007 - which was also recently revisited as the Incidental Unit. Since 2010, he has frequently worked with his partner, artist Tina O’Connell on a range of joint International artistic projects and commissions that explore the temporal nature of sculpture, monuments and artefacts in different art contexts from shared perspectives.
In 2004, Neal White established Office of Experiments (2004) initially as a collaborative project or experiment in ‘instituent practice’. Some of its initial work exploring the techno-scientific complex and its impact on landscape, environment, culture and society have evolved alongside discourses that now relate to forms of knowledge and knowing at the critical intersection of science and society. Most of this work is now undertaken with Deep Field Project based at CREAM at University of Westminster, where he has worked as a Professor in Art / Research and co-Directs CREAM, since 2016/7.
Neal White has recently shown work in collaboration and independently at; The Central Pavilion, Giardina, Venice Biennale of Architecture - with Office of Experiments and Monsoon Assemblages (2021), With Deep Field Project at Kunsthall, Trondheim (2020, Norway), Into the Great Wide Open Music Festival (2019, Holland), Fargfabriken (2017, Stockholm, Sweden), The Royal College of Art (2016), The Henry Moore Institute (2005 and 2016), Objectif Exhibitions (2015, Antwerp, Belgium), The Whitechapel Gallery and Portikus Gallery (2014, Frankfurt, Germany). Many of Neal White’s projects have been supported by the International arts agency Arts Catalyst, since 2001. His work has been supported by Arts Council of England, Henry Moore Foundation, Wellcome Trust and Center for Land Use Interpretation, Utah , USA, amongst many others.
Neal White and Barbara Steveni at the first Incidental Meeting, with members of APG and O+I including George Levantis, John and Tatiana Malinson, Sarah Wedderburn and Tina O’Connell, amongst others. Part of 9Events, an exhibition by Tina O’Connell and Neal White at the Royal College of Art, 2016.