Jeremy Deller

The History of the World


Not on display

Jeremy Deller born 1966
Screenprint on paper
Support: 640 × 1115 mm
Purchased 2001

Display caption

This is a personal graphic visual presentation of the history, influence and context for acid house and brass band music; its flow diagram indicates possible social and political echoes between the two forms. The print also provides the graphic rationale for Acid Brass, a project initiated by Jeremy Deller in 1996 for which acid house music was arranged and performed by brass bands. The joining of acid house and brass band music illustrated the historical breadth of the spirit of dissent that characterised opposition to the Thatcherite break-up both of the coal industry and Britain’s wider industrial and manufacturing base.

Gallery label, October 2013

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Technique and condition

A screenprint in white ink printed on black somerset velvet paper made in 1998. The print relates to a performance piece made by Deller called Acid Brass 1996 where he brought together acid house anthems played by a coal pit brass band. He then sought to make connections between acid house music and the world of miners and their brass bands, mapping the links in a drawing made in 1996. This drawing formed the basis for the screenprint. Printed in an edition of one hundred this print is number forty six. Screenprints (often called silkscreens or Serigraph) are made by Ink being forced through a stretched mesh fabric (traditionally silk but more commonly synthetic), parts of which have been blocked out to form the image. It differs from other printing techniques in that the image is passed through the surface rather than being transferred from the surface. The image covers the whole paper support. On acquisition the print is in good condition.

Calvin Winner
September 2001

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