youarehere! documents the work made by Phil Coy whilst artist-in-residence at Brunel University. The role was initiated by Author and Professor Will Self and Professor in Experimental Particle Physics, Akram Khan. The residency is accompanied by a poster edition and essay by artist, curator and writer, Richard Grayson.

In a series of interrelated work, Coy explored Brunel’s physical location near the M4, M40, M25, Heathrow Airport, HMV Record Factory and Pinewood Film Studios.

The research took in Brunels architectural history, the iconic brutalist Lecture Centre, its formation as a Plate Glass University in 1966, its use as one of the settings in Stanley Kubrick’s film, A Clockwork Orange (1971) and the impact of concrete on the local landscape, including a network of fishing lakes. Works include temporary and permanent installations, film screenings, a freely distributed imprint, sound works, and live events.

Works include a new permanent sculptural commission Conical forms [three listening devices] which will be installed at Brunel University in 2020. Referencing pre-radar aircraft listening devices, and a horn based on the famous locally produced HMV ‘Morning Glory’ Gramophone, the work incorporates aggregate recycled from the former John Crank Building, demolished during Coy’s residency.

Eleven Windsocks for Brunel, installed atop buildings across the campus, considers the close proximity to Heathrow, the world’s second busiest airport. Coy designed the five-strip windsocks to comply with standard FAA aviation specifications, used by pilots to determine wind direction and speed. A subtle intervention to this design standard, Coy has modified the two-colour design to those of local bird plumage.

Reflecting Coy’s practice in experimental publishing the residency programme includes a series publications from the youarehere! imprint, conceived together with Will Self as a freely distributed publication. The imprints publications include Hollows of Heathrow, Hillingdon, and Hayes [inverted images of voids on the Western Fringes of London]Visual Control Room [VCR] , Eleven windsocks for Brunel and M25 B 93.2 [mad bridge]. The electronic publication Highway Haiku, is displayed on a VMS (Variable Message Screen) road-side billboard at the Eastern entrance to the campus. Here, Coy invited students and staff to consider the university’s context at a time of impending global climate catastrophe, and to write haiku based on their daily commute.


Key Dates

Public programme 29 November – 1 December 2019

Works installed 04 October – 16 December 2019

Residency timeline

02.02.19  – 18.02.19
as far as i know [RGB] installed in Eastern Gateway Building

15.02.19 – 16.02.19
somewhere_somewhere_nowhere installed in Antonin Artaud building for the Hillingdon Music Festival

phantom limb intervention + introduction to residency by Will Self

youarehere! imprint established

18.04.19 – 22.12.19 (ongoing)
studio established and built in The Old Garden Centre

Phil Coy Studio Brunel London
artist in residence studio – Old Garden Centre, Brunel University

fallen eight choreographed movement to the 500 + CCTV cameras on Brunel campus

360 degree capture of John Crank atrium used in filming of Kubricks A Clockwork Orange

05.06.19 – 27.07.19
filming of John Crank Building demolition and retrieval of materials for sculptures

first imprint Hollows of Heathrow, Hillingdon, and Hayes (inverted images of voids on the Western fringes of London) distributed with Billboards installed in the environment

highway haikus announced with contributions from Will Self

04.10.19 – 16.12.19 (ongoing)
site office installed and open to public behind Brunel’s iconic Lecture Centre

funding agreed for conical forms [three listening devices] permanent public installation on Brunel University campus

imprint VCR [visual control room] printed and distributed

29.10.2019 – 01.05.2020
eleven windsocks for Brunel installed on buildings across campus

guided tour of works installed on site with Will Self and Phil Coy (date tbc)

29.11.2019 – 01.12.2019
artist talk, films and curated installations in The Lecture Centre

collected highway haiku imprint release and distribution

permanent sculptural work conical forms [three listening devices] installed in John Crank Gardens

launch of conical forms [three listening devices]


Press release + more information


Phil Coy
Artist in residence, Brunel University
The Old Garden Centre (Opposite Peel Way bus stop – Stop HG)
Pield Heath Road

To arrange a studio visit please contact mail@youarehere.work

How to get to Brunel

Brunel University Campus Public Programme Phil Coy