Jeremy Deller’s work is largely collaborative and participatory, seeking to form new connections between contrasting histories and communities.
Describing himself as a ‘self-taught conceptual artist’, he will often orchestrate events such as historical re-enactments and processions, as well as open-ended projects. He is known for The Battle of Orgreave (2001), in which he brought together almost 1,000 people to publically re-stage the clash between police and protesters during the 1984 Miners’ Strike.
The History of the World (1998) was the starting point for the wider music project Acid Brass, a musical collaboration between the artist and the Williams Fairey Brass Band. This saw renowned acid house tracks re-configured and performed by a traditional brass ensemble. The work consists of a flow diagram, which forges a link between the two genres, via other musical styles, social events and traditions.
"I drew this diagram about the social, political and musical connections between house music and brass bands – it shows a thought process in action. It was also about Britain and British history in the twentieth century and how the country had changed from being industrial to post-industrial. It was the visual justification for Acid Brass. Without this diagram, the musical project Acid Brass would not have a conceptual backbone."
The History of the World can be seen at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, as part of our National Partnership Programme exhibition Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always, until 8 October 2017.