Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard met and began working collaboratively at Goldsmiths, graduating together in 1995. They are perhaps best known for their recreations of cultural and art historical events and documents. Theirs is an enquiry into the mechanics of liveness, repetition, mediation and reception.
They have pioneered the use of re-enactment within visual art, from The World Won’t Listen, their first ‘ready-made’ live project in 1996 to their critically acclaimed A Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide (1998), a painstakingly faithful re-staging of David Bowie’s final performance as Ziggy Stardust 25 years after the original event. In 2003, they consolidated the live side of their practice with their video work for the first time in File under Sacred Music, a remake of an infamous bootleg video of a performance by the The Cramps at Napa State Mental Institute, California in 1978. Since 2005 , they have pursued an ongoing series re-working seminal video and performance art of the ’60s and ’70s.
In 2011 Forsyth and Pollard's first major exhibition in London was presented at the South London Gallery. PUBLICSFEAR brought together a collection of sound and video works exploring ideas around both being part of and/or observing an audience.
Works by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard /