The Attendants is a collection of fiction, written over a five-year period, from 2017, when Louis Mason moved to London, to early 2023. All the stories in this collection were written in response to art exhibitions or works of art. They represent an attempt to develop a coherent response to art: what it does and how it functions (and occasionally ceases to function) in London now. Many of the stories are genre pieces, horror, fantasy, and science fiction, but all have the complex interrelations of the image, the city, the eye, and the body at their centre.
Louis Mason is an Australian-Polish artist and writer currently based in London. In 2018 he was a co-director of the public programme Partial Versions, and a founding member of the South London Speculative Fiction Writing Group. His work has been shown internationally, and his fiction and critical writing have been commissioned by ICA London, Art+Australia Magazine, How to Sleep Faster, Obsidian Coast, and Praz Delavallade LA, among others.