Glorious Ninth was a partnership between Kate Southworth and the late Patrick Simons. They worked together from 2001 until 2011. Although much of their early work utilised and sometimes even celebrated new technologies, it also challenged the rhetoric of freedom that surrounded the so called ‘network society’ that emerged at the end of the 20th Century. From 2001-2004 they made audio visual work for gallery display and for the Internet. Due to the obsolescence of this software, it is now only possible to experience these works in other formats: still images, sound files, videos and text. None of these adequately capture the essence of the work and its context.
In 2004 Southworth and Simons expanded their work from the purely digital to include the politics and joy of everyday living. They devised rituals and rites that involved bread-making, walking, gardening, composting, cooking and gatherings. The work was experienced by those that lived in or visited their house and garden, and by a wider audience when the work was presented online, at festivals and exhibitions. They continued making work together until Simons’ untimely death in June 2011.
Their work has been disseminated nationally and internationally and is archived in online collections.
Patrick Simons, artist, composer, musician, and so very much more, 1963-2011