Sam Keogh
Impossible Knotworm, 2020

Knotworm tunnels through three locations in present-day London: an old preschool under a motorway in Ladbroke Grove, a luxury apartment complex surrounding Battersea Power Station, and a strange mutilated tree outside the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe. A wilfully convoluted text of re-read and disgorged information, Knotworm is a dense aggregate that burrows through itself. Histories of colonialism are tangled with the processes of gentrification. Battersea Power Station is filled with shit. Molluscs burrow into the hulls of slave ships, while roots that can grow through concrete are quietly undermining the foundations of new-build luxury apartment blocks.

Sam Keogh is an artist living between London and Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Through installation, sculpture, performance, drawing, collage, and video, he explores how information may be ingested and regurgitated with images and objects.

THIRD TEXT ONLINE: Sam Keogh, interviewed by Pauline de Souza, talks about his Knotworm installation recently exhibited in Lyon and Paris.
‘All this stuff is the refuse of capital, and it includes people, lives, histories – the catastrophic piles of stuff glimpsed by Walter Benjamin’s angel as she looks backward through time. I think one of our tasks is to attend to these catastrophic piles, to insist that they are meaningful...’


Edition of 50, each signed & numbered
16 pages
190 mm x 130 mm
ISBN  978-1-910055-68-7


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