As part of the Random String microFestival on Thursday 9th June I installed Last Day at Unit 22 at the City Arcade in Coventry.
Last Day is a piece that highlights the fragility of financial markets and the unpredictable nature of consumer habits, market forces and trends. The effects of these have been far reaching, seeing once thriving retail parks home to small businesses and former retail giants rendered as ghost towns of empty units. The choice of imagery shows that nothng is too big to fail.
Last Day was commissioned by Ludic Rooms for the Random String microFestival. It is situated in a derelict shopping unit the City Arcade in Coventry where it will remain until the space becomes occupied again. Many thanks to Dom Breadmore and Anne Forgan for accepting my proposal and Malachi Cummings-Hall for his assistance installing.
More photos are available here.
In addition to delivering a presentation on at the Symposium on 10th June, on 11th June I’ll have some new work available for viewing at the Random String microFestival.
The Random String microFestival is an exciting day exploring technology and art.
Digital artworks, interactive installations, hands-on arts activities and workshops will fill the City Arcade, including the Shop Front Theatre, Artspace’s City Arcadia and in the recently opened FabLab Coventry.
For the microFetsival I will produce a new vinyl installation work called Last Day.
Last Day is a piece that highlights the fragility of financial markets and the unpredictable nature of consumer habits, market forces and trends. The effects of these have been far reaching, seeing once thriving retail parks home to small businesses and former retail giants rendered as ghost towns of empty units. The choice of imagery shows that nothing is too big to fail.
The piece will be installed in the window of Unit 22 at the City Arcade.
Last Day workshop
To accompany the installation, during the mircoFestival you will be invited to create your own shop window honouring our favourite defunct brands!
The microFestival takes place 11th June 11:00 – 16:00 at the City Arcade in Coventry and is completely free
On 10th June I’ll be taking part in the Random String Symposium at Warwick Arts Centre.
A one-day event for artists and artists and arts professionals, exploring the use of interactive and networked technologies in the creative process.
The Random String Symposium gives space for inspiration, discussion and sharing. Hear from cutting-edge artists and technologists from across the UK and overseas, have frank conversations about the practicalities of using technology in your work and explore works-in-progress projects from the Random String fellows.
The day-long event features workshops, panel discussions and workshops from the likes of Nikki Pugh, Dan Hett, Leila Johnston, Phoenix Perry, Peta Murphy Burke, Juneau Projects, and much much more! Tickets are only £12.50.
The awesome folk at Ludic Room have announced that they are now running a Fellowship programme for their Random String event. If you’re interested in incorporating digital technology into your practice then read on. I’ll be one of the mentors on this programme.
The Random String Fellowship is an opportunity open to artists and practitioners from any discipline, including visual arts, music, literature and performing arts, who are interested in embarking on a technology-focused creative enquiry.
We are looking for 6 enthusiastic mid-career artists with an established body of practice to explore how technology might make their work more interactive, develop a more meaningful relationship with audiences or explore future notions of co-creation and participatory practice.
What is the Fellowship?
The Fellowship is a comprehensive programme that includes:
- 1-1 time with a Mentor to give training and support
- Group development opportunities alongside other artists
- Studio and exhibition visits
- The option to spend time with academics from Warwick University
- Attendance and presence at the Random String festival in June
We’ll also give each artist a stipend of £800 towards their time and expenses and we’ll provide £200 worth of technology to use in their enquiry and keep afterwards. We can also offer shared studio and hot-desking at our space in Coventry Canal Warehouse if required. There is no expectation that the Fellowship will result in a new body of work, this is an opportunity to play. We ask Fellows to honestly and openly experiment with the technology, share their experience via our blog through visual or textual means and to show any work in progress at the Symposium and at a final Pecha Kucha event charting your successes and failures.
How do I apply?
The application process is very simple. Please complete the application form here, including uploading a CV and any supporting images or weblinks and write a short paragraph outlining what you find interesting about the Random String Fellowship programme.
The Fellowship is only open to artists who currently do not use routinely use interactive technology in their creative practice.
The deadline is 13:00 on 18th April. Get applying now!