Spike Island

Summer Exhibitions Reading List

Want to learn more about the ideas and processes behind our current exhibitions Pull Everything Out and The Struggle Against Ourselves?

These books have been selected by artists Ciara Phillips and Jesse Jones with input from Spike Island's director Helen Legg and curator Marie-Anne McQuay. Some are texts that have directly influenced the artists, while others give an introduction to the cultural and historical movements that inform the work.

Visitors are invited to peruse these materials in the Resource Area during gallery opening hours. Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita by Julie Ault is also available to purchase from Reception for £15.99.

Corita Kent and Ciara Phillips, Pull Everything Out

  • Julie Ault, Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita. (London: Four Corners Books, 2006)
  • Noam Chomsky, Occupy. (London: Penguin Books, 2012)
  • Gerald Huckaby and Corita Kent, City, Uncity. (New York: Doubleday, 1969)
  • Corita Kent and Jan Steward, Learning by Heart: Teaching to Free the Creative Spirit. (New York: Allworth Press, 2008)
  • Joseph Pintauro and Sister Corita, To Believe in God. (New York: Harper & Row, 1968)
  • Richard Sennett, The Craftsman. (London: Penguin Books, 2008)
  • Juan Williams, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. (London: Penguin Books, 1999)

Jesse Jones, The Struggle Against Ourselves

  • Jesse Jones, 12 Angry Films. (Dublin: Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 2007)
  • Edward Braun, Meyerhold on Theatre. (London: Methuen & Co Ltd, 1969)
  • Bridget Crone (ed.), The Sensible Stage. (Bristol: Picture This, 2012)
  • Tessa Giblin, Forms of Imagining #2. (Dublin: Project Press, 2008)
  • Melissa Gordon and Marina Vishmidt (ed.), LABOUR. (New York: Linco Press, 2010)
  • Siegfried Kracauer, The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays. (London: Harvard University Press, 1995)
  • Esther Leslie, Hollywood Flatland: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-Garde. (London: Verso, 2002)
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky, The Bedbug and Selected Poetry. (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1960)
  • Tom McCarthy, C. (London: Vintage, 2011)
  • Konstantin Rudnitsky, Russian and Soviet Theatre: Tradition and the Avant-Garde. (London: Thames & Hudson, 1988)