Other Criteria have invited a selection of their artists to name a single book that has influenced their work, shaped their thinking or encouraged them to create.
Sue Webster said "I gave this book as a present to a boyfriend of mine whilst at Art School, it obviously struck a nerve with him as he dumped me not long afterwards for a blonde. I dunno, I thought it was a really cool present being an original 1st edition and pretty damn hard to find, I must have knew it was over, I kind of induced it."
S.C.U.M Manifesto is a feminist tract written in 1968 by Valerie Solanas, the woman who made an attempt to assassinate Andy Warhol in the same year. It contains “the rationale and program of action of S.C.U.M (Society for Cutting Up Men), which eliminates through sabotage all aspects of society not relevant to women (everything), brings about a complete female take-over, eliminates the male sex and begins to create a swinging, groovy, out-of-sight female world.”
Tim Noble and Sue Webster are known for transforming garbage into art. They sculpt piles of street rubbish, studio debris, and taxidermy animals into astonishing representations of life with “real” shadows of the artists themselves hovering over their accumulations of discarded objects. These abstract forms mysteriously reverse the abstraction into figuration.
Since their first solo show in London in 1996, British Rubbish, Noble & Webster have had many solo exhibitions including The Freud Museum, London, 2006; CAC Malaga, 2005; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2004; P.S.1/MoMA, New York, 2003; Milton Keynes Gallery, UK, 2002 and Deste Foundation, Athens, 2000. Their first public art installation Electric Fountain, was unveiled at Rockefeller Plaza, New York, February 2008. Their work is in the permanent collection of the Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; Artis-François Pinault, France; Chaney Family Collection, Houston; Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; The Goss-Michael Collection, Dallas; Honart Museum, Tehran, Iran; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Project Space 176–The Zabludowicz Collection, London; Saatchi Collection, London; Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.