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All That is Solid Melts into Air

All That is Solid Melts into Air

Promotional Film for All that is Solid Melts into Air, 2014

HD Video, 20 min 54 sec
Courtesy the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow


In 2014 Jeremy Deller curated an exhibition, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, in which he took a personal look at the impact of the Industrial Revolution on popular culture, and its persisting influence on our lives today. The exhibition combined music, film and photography with a vast range of 19th century images and objects. Deller approached this material like a social cartographer, revealing neglected ley lines of cultural history.
This film, made in collaboration with BBC's Newsnight programme, was included in the exhibition.

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller is an English conceptual artist. Deller's eclectic work engages on a broad level with popular and traditional culture: his forays into folk art are deliberately low-brow, anti-urban and characterised by an entertaining lightness of touch. Deller describes himself as a 'self-taught conceptual artist', which frees him to occupy various roles as an artist: curator, social entrepreneur, producer and director of projects including films, processions, historical re-enactments and exhibitions. Much of his work is collaborative and participatory, and many of his free-ranging, open-ended projects are explorations of British culture and experiences.

He won the Turner Prize in 2004 and in 2013 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. He has had solo exhibitions at Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; New Museum, New York and Barbican Art Gallery, London.