Oliver Payne and Nick Relph
Born 1977/1979, London, England
Live and work in London and New York
Located at the crossroads of social documentary, video clip, and visual diary,
Oliver Payne and Nick Relph's videos are the expression of an urban sensibility that
combines social radicalism, the pursuit of pleasure and beauty, and a fondness for
cultural paradoxes. In just a few years, the London-based duo has developed an engaged
view of contemporary culture that combines raw, immediate excitement with a complex social
and political awareness. Driftwood is the first segment of a trilogy, and, according to
the artists, the film is "about exploring secret London and getting lost in your own
city." Payne and Relph are straightforward about their antagonism for corporate
intervention into youth culture, an attitude that comes through in the dialogue and pace
of their gritty travelogue. Driftwood will be shown with Comma, Pregnant Pause, a new work
commissioned by the 2004–5 Carnegie International. Departing from their earlier works,
Comma incorporates animation along with new and found footage.
Electric Earth: Film and Video from Britain. Exhibition catalogue. London: British Council, 2003.
Higgs, Matthew. "First Take." Artforum 39, no. 5 (January 2001): 125.
–––. "Oliver Payne and Nick Relph." In Fig. 1. Exhibition catalogue. London: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2001.
Suburban: Oliver Payne and Nick Relph. Exhibition catalogue. Knoxville, Tenn.: Knoxville Museum of Art, 2003.
Wilson, Michael. "A Thousand Words: Oliver Payne and Nick Relph Talk about Mixtape, 2002" Artforum 41, no. 1 (September 2002): 178–79.