Projects & Commissions | Simon Pope et al
Walking To Work: Artist-in-residence for Waterfront Toronto (2023)
image courtesy of Waterfront TO
Here's To Thee, for Exeter Arts & Culture and RAMM (2020-22)
Beyond the Pandemic Charm (2020-22 as PopeCullen)
SCHOOL-ART-SCHOOL (2020- as PopeCullen)
Here's To Thee: Wassailing the microbial ecology of cider-making. (2019-20)
O+I Soup (Project proposal, 2019)
Assembly of Companions & Relations (2019-21 )
Pinocchio's Ecological Thought (with Sarah Cullen) (2018)
Discussion Island (2017-18)
You asked about validity (journal article) (2017)
et al (2016)
Photo: Oskar Proctor
It Was Meant 2 B Gr8 (Journal Article, 2015)
Who Else Takes Part? Admitting the more-than-human into participatory art (DPhil thesis) (2015)
A Splendid Kindred Soul (2015)
The Outlier (2014)
Primary Agents Of A Social World (2014)
A Song, A Dance And A New Stannary Parliament (2014)
Walking Transformed (Magazine article) (2014)
The Gift (2013-)
Forward Back Together (2013)
The Long Walk Home (2013)
Wheels of Peacock Blue (2013)
Photo: Brada Barassi
Several Displacements –Blog for Tate Art Maps (2013)
The Dialogic (2012-)
What Cannot Be Turned Aside (2012)
The Mount (2011)
Untitled Walk (for YSP 2011)
Untitled Walks (2011)
A Common Third (2010)
Memory Marathon (2010)
Mountains & Lacunæ (2009-10)
Carved From Memory (2009)
Negotiating Picu Cuturruñau (2009)
From Unspoken Landscapes (with Sarah Cullen) (2008)
Painting From Memory (2008)
Imagined Dialogues: André Cadere At The ICA, London (2008)
The Memorial Walks (2007-8)
Gallery Space Recall (2006)
London Bridge Recall (2006)
Walking Around My Room (2005)
Charade (2005-7)
The Shape of Locative Media (article) (2005)
Between Where We Are And Where We Want To Be (2005)
A Walk from London to Worthing (2004)
1 Square Metre Of Sky Above An Undisclosed Location (2004)
Out Of Our Tree (print-on-demand book) (2003)
Ambulant Science Studio at Venice Biennale of Fine Art (2003)
Art For Networks (2000-2002)
London Walking (2001)
Ice Cream for Everyone (with Mark Greco)(1999-2001)
The Futile Style of London – article (1998)
Words.exe – executable software application (1997 with Colin Green)
I/O/D 4: The Web Stalker (1997) & I/O/D 1-3 (1993-6)

This is an archive of artworks that I've produced since the early 1990s. It tracks my interests in art and networks, the socialities of walking, and – most recently – more-than-human social worlds. Throughout, there's a concern with relationships between the human imaginary realm and material reality. This work begins with making artworks to experiment with human-computer interaction and art's relationship to networks, then tackling the relationships of structure & agency and human socialities through walking, leading most recently to work that experiments with how we form alliances, interdependencies, and develop collective agency among ourselves and with biotic and abiotic things beyond our species.

These artworks are made in response to conditions that prevail in the time and place where they were developed: in London in the 90s, internationally in the period 1998-2016, and lately in Canada and the UK. As a result, this work shifts from a technological and urban focus, towards mountains and meetings in the context of international exhibitions, conferences, and commissions, and now to matters close at hand such as ecological concerns or the experience of decololonial processes and of migration.

This work is situated among social relationships – creating, maintaining, and sustaining them, as art. I often work with collaborators and participants, whose names appear throughout this website. My thanks goes to everyone who has enabled me to make the artworks listed here.

This website features select examples of commissioned work made public through exhibition, performance, etc., and which has recieved institutional support in some way, either through its funding or presentation. More ephemera, documentation of various projects' development, and work that was not made public in this way, is available at; and information about my collaborative work with Sarah Cullen is available at

Email: simon.pope AT 


My early work was in the field of new media art: I was a member of the seminal collective I/O/D (1992-99), whose Web Stalker won a nomination for Prix Ars Electronica (1997) and a Webby Award (2000), and was included in Rhizome’s new media art show at the New Museum, New York (2017).

In 2003 I represented Wales at their inaugural exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Fine Art, which coincided with a fellowship award from the UK National Endowment for Science Technology and Art (2002-05) to explore the social modalities of walking as art – especially in the production of art through walking together.

My recent art works are practical experiments with how we negotiate human social relations in a more-than-human world – the focus of my doctoral project at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2012-15). My work is made collectively, resulting in the collaborative production of artefacts – walks, songs, sculptures, or paintings, for example – and is responsive to specific social and material relationships. This is a way for me to grapple with art’s practical and theoretical engagement with themes shared across disciplines, such as ecological thinking, and an interest in more-than-human social and material relationships; as as result, much of my work is made through interdisciplinary collaboration, often within public and academic institutions and with other researchers and artists. I am curently a Research Associate at the Centre for Rural Policy Research/Food Studies at The University of Exeter (UK) and an Eccles Fellow at the British Library.

From 2000-2010, I was a lecturer (Associate Professor) and Reader (Professor) in the UK, leading MFA and MA Fine art programmes, and have also taught masters and undergraduate level programmes in Canada and Belgium and given artist-talks at universities, art schools. and galleries internationally. I supervise and examine artists' PhD projects, specializing in practice-led, more-than-human, participatory and ecological approaches to contemporary art and research.

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