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Idle Institute (Eliot Allison)

MA work

The Itches: A Gym for Public Embarassments


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2018



  • The Idle Institute (est. 2017) is a storytelling lab: a collective of writers, filmmakers, sound-artists and engineers founded by Eliot Allison and Sonia Bernac. 

    Combining theories of the public sphere with quantum physics, we are investigating the potentialities of the story — seen as virtual matter and a precise political tool. This emerges from the presumption of an unstable narrative field, in which we examine unexpected couplings and clashes between narrative particles. Our projects build from narrative experiments: poetic traps in urban space, phone pranks, impersonation games and sci-fi installations. We are currently developing a theory of the narratology of the public sphere, exploring narrative entanglement, machine(s) of writing and technologies of storytelling.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art (XD Pathway), Central Saint Martins, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • I >< I >< I, Hidden Indexes, Berlin, 2015 (Solo); Red Mansion Art Prize Exhibition, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2018 (Idle Institute); States of Play, FACT, Liverpool, 2018 (Idle Institute); Catch The Flag, Micro Hutong, Beijing, 2017 (Idle Institute); Twelve: Peckham Platform, Peckham Square, London, 2015
  • Publications

  • Fethus Unnigedh, 2015; Variations : 1 (ed. Marta Cacciavillani)