Previously at the ICA - Events
11 May 2016
Please note, this event replaces Sniffin’ Glue: Mark Perry on Punk Publications as Mark Perry is no longer able to attend.
Toby Mott is in conversation with British pop singer and punk provocateur Peter Robinson, better known as Marilyn. Well known for his 1983 hit Calling Your Name, Marilyn was part of the British New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s club scene and was popularised in the early 1980s.
Like many enduring passions, artist, designer and collector Toby Mott’s relationship with punk started when he was a teenager. Mott was 13 in 1977, when Punk exploded in London. "I was part of it all: the music, the graphics, the social side," Mott says. "Visually it’s immediate and strong and it’s sexy without being sexist." Even now, he says, "it influences everything I do and has informed everything culturally that I value." Mott’s own career stretches from co-founding East London art group the Grey Organisation in the early 1980s to creating the cover artwork for De La Soul’s 1989 breakthrough album 3 Feet High And Rising to designing the fashion line Toby Pimlico. But it’s his expansive personal collection of punk ephemera that has recently led to work curating exhibits and publishing several books. The Mott Collection has been exhibited widely including New York, London and Los Angeles. Mott's most recent publication is Punk in Print 1976-1980: The Complete Mott Collection and Skinhead: An Archive.