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What a busy year! I think compared to previous years 2018 was filled with more (Algorave) performances and projects and less exhibitions and gifs. 2018 was also the year that Vivid Projects became one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, which basically means that the gallery has funding for the next four years. Because of this my workload there increased and so, unlike previous year-in-review blog posts I’ll be including an overview of my work there 🙂

January

This month started off really busy with the opening of two exhibitions in London. The first was Basquiat’s Brain at Barbican. The exhibition in the foyer (near the exit of the curve gallery) was the culmination of the work I’d been doing with the Barbican’s youth group and imagines what Basquiat’s take on art could’ve been if he were alive today and working digitally.

Basquiat's Brain

Basquiat's Brain

It was only supposed to be on display for a weekend but went on to be exhibited for a few months!

Only a week later Transformative Use had another showing at the Granular exhibition at the University of Greenwich (which, btw, is liek really far from many things).

Granular: The Material Properties of Noise

My first Algorave performance of the year took place at the National Video Game Arcade’s All Your Bass Algorave event.

Elsewhere I started an Instagram account just for my art. I always felt a bit weird forcing my friends to see promotional posts about my art and exhibitions alongside personal family/friends stuff, so this kinda solves that.

February

For February I was mostly ill and preparing for the launch of Black Hole Club in March. Elsewhere stills from Basquiat’s Brain went on display on the Shoreditch Digital Canvas. Cue lots of friends sending messages asking if my big face is on a billboard!

Basquiat's Brain on Shoreditch Digital Canvas

March

At the beginning of the year I started doing workshops with the Barber Collective, which is Barber Institute of Fine Arts youth group. Over a few sessions we made animations by remixing images from the Barber’s collection. For University of Birmingham’s Arts and Science Festival we projected the finished animations on the Old Joe clock tower for one night.

Re-Animation

I then did a day of LiveCodeLab workshops for the Imagine If event at Tate Britain.

Imagine If

Black Hole Club was supposed to have its launch exhibition on 2nd March but the snow, cold weather, and the absence of insulation and heating in warehouse spaces that art galleries tend to occupy forced us to reschedule. On 30th March the cohort finally had their first exhibition.

Black Hole Club 2018 launch

Black Hole Club 2018 launch

April

A few days later couple of my videos were on display at Late at Tate Britain: Echoes.

Later in the month my commission for Spon Spun’s 2017 Art Trail was on show in the CET Building.

Spon Spun 2017: Commissions and Prize Winners

The dark industrial building was certainly a much more effective venue for the LED infinity mirrors.

I spent a little over 48 hours in Karlsruhe for an Algorave at ZKM.

Algorave Karlsruhe

I got back on a plane this time to Seveille, Spain, to deliver a presentation about No Copyright Infringement Intended at Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM). I’d previously presented about glitch at at LGM in Toronto in 2015, so it was good to be back around my peers and see how the libre graphics community has developed over the years. Y’all can watch my presentation below.

Being in the room with like-minded people allowed me to go into more of the nuances of the exhibition’s theme and spend less time on educating people about what copyright is. You can hear some of the questions at the end of that video.

To round off this busy month Black Hole Club their second exhibition, Stellar. This exhibition, co-curated with Lumen, featured works that responded to celestial events. It was also lit af 🔥🤘😩🤘🔥.

Stellar

Stellar

May

I presented an overview of my Curating the Machine research at Phoenix’s Art-AI Festival.

It’s a good video to watch if you’re curious about my still ongoing research.

The biggest event of this month saw me in Stockholm, Sweden to perform a new piece, Digital Domestic, which was commissioned by Aly Grimes (she previously commissioned me for Short Circuit Project).

The Digital Domestic

The Digital Domestic

June

I was back at Tate Britain, this time IRL to do a workshop inspired by stained glass for their Late at Tate Britain: Spire event. I, of course, reworked Glass 😉

Late at Tate Britain: Spire

Late at Tate Britain: Spire

Cheltenham Science Festival invited myself, Joanne Armitage, Alex McLean, and Joseph Wilk to do a mini Algorave. Having a team of technicians at hand who could install projectors and move screens at a moment’s notice was a welcome change to the usual DIY warehouse events.

Cheltenham Science Festival Algorave

Still in June myself and Aly Grimes teamed up to bring Living Room Light Exchange (LRLX) to Birmingham. I had first come across it when I was invited to talk at one in Paris by Benjamin Gaulon in 2016. I really liked the relaxed and personal nature of it and so, with their permission, worked with Aly to bring it to Birmingham. For the first LRLX we had presentations from Duncan Poulton and Emily Roderick.

LRLX Birmingham #1

The biggest event of June was Assembly Birmingham. The Assembly events, organised by the (impossible to Google) a-n aim to “support artists to lead debate on and open up discussion about the things they need for a sustainable career”. I organised the Birmingham evnt in the newly reopened Eastside Projects which invited loads of new(ish) organisations to talk about their experiences of being based in Birmingham and the West Midlands and what their hopes and fears were for the future.

Assembly Birmingham

Assembly Birmingham

Pete Ashton did a darn good writeup of the day for a-n. a-n have also started uploading videos of the presentations.

To round off the month Black Hole Club launch the Another Dimension exhibition, which looked at optical illusions.

Another Dimension

July

This month opened with the second LRLX event which featured Edie Jo Murray and Dinosaur Kilby.

LRLX Birmingham #2

If you needed a condensed version of my New Now research an “Insight Film” was uploaded this month.

August

This month was really quiet for my own work. I did a few small events and workshops for Vivid Projects and then went to Green Man Festival to talk about my artwork. This is the closest I have been to having a month off!

September

I organised the Visualists Meetup for the Livecode festival. We had a couple of visuals workshops but what was most important was the discussion around the role of visuals at Algoraves. A feeling that is shared amongst people doing visuals across all music genres is the feeling of being an afterthought or second best to the the musicians. We all shared our experiences but also how we can move forward to a more collaborative environment. There will be a fuller discussion at ICLC in Madrid in 2019.

Later that night I performed a huuuge Algorave at DINA.

Livecode Festival #2 Algorave

Livecode Festival #2 Algorave

A few days later Black Hole Club had its first online exhibition.
blackholeclub.com

In my experience of working with artists and institutions many of them see the internet as a promotional tool. Through this exhibition I wanted to see how the cohort’s practice could be translated to the internet where many of the IRL restrictions of space and time either don’t exist or are transformed. For example, in IRL land there’s a logical way to navigate a space and work can be viewed without distractions. On the internet we’re often fighting for attention from ads, 100 other tabs and, well, each other. This was Black Hole Club’s first online exhibition, so not all these issues were explored but I think we made a good start! View the exhibition here: https://blackholeclub.hotglue.me/

Over in Finland the “Glitch Art” exhibition opened at Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art. It features my work What is your glitch? 1bitgifavibmpbmpcmykbmprgbjpgmpgpcxpixpngppmsgisvgtgawebp and Unstable Mediums alongside works by Rosa Menkman and JODI . Go see it before it closes on 13th January 2019 (or pay for my flight and I’ll come with you 😉 ).

Glitch Art - Kunsti Museum of Modern Art

October

I was in planes for what like felt like forever to play at an Algorave in Odense, Denmark.
Algorave Odense

I did a public discussion with Eyal Gruss at Near Now in Nottingham. He was one of the folks who heavily influenced my Curating the Machine project. Video will be online soon I hope.

To close the month I organised the Birmingham Algorave at Vivid Projects to close their/our Mediafest programme.

Algorave Birmingham

Algorave Birmingham

November

More performances this month, the first being at databit.me in Arles, France. I first performed at databit.me back in 2012 as artist in residence, and then again in 2013. There’s so many things I like about this festival, but above everything I love the people (and the food) and the sense of community (and the food).

For databit.me I did my first ever live coded music performance! This took place in a barn in Tarascon on a horse-drawn carriage:

databit.me 2018

I went on to do another two performances in the festival in similarly weird places. Y’all can listen to a bit here.

databit.me

In a surprise to many, including myself, the next week I took all the flights to perform at the opening event of Piksel in Bergen, Norway. Can I just state the obvious and say that Norway is dope af. Everything’s just so clean and tidy. It’s also cold and, like, there are lots of hills everywhere but whatever idc. I wish I as there for more than two days.

I think I’m now going to make it a requirement that when I perform it needs to be in as unconventional a space as possible. For my Piksel performance I did visuals in a band stand in the city centre.

Piksel 2018

I also had an updated version of Copyrgiht Atrophy on display as part of their Pikselsavers programme.

Piksel 2018

December

It’s supposed to be a month to wind down but instead in December I was doing lots of preparatory work for things happening in 2019. The only public event was the last Black Hole Club exhibition of the year and the launch of their publication.

End of Year Show

End of Year Show


2018 was certainly one of my favourite years for Black Hole Club. Part of this was due to having funding which allowed me to focus more on building and delivering the programme but also the cohort was 🔥. Y’all can still apply to be part of Black Hole Club in 2019.

And so, 2018 is now over. A big thanks to all those who have helped make things possible 🙂 I feel like I’m at a turning point in my career and so next year I will be exploring some other things. Not a massive depature from my usual artwork or curatorial stuff but perhaps more narrowly focused. Until then, happy new year!

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After a two year hiatus I’ve decided to bring back the end of year blog posts. As you will have noticed this blog isn’t updated that much aside from event notifications, and as I’m not on Facebook any more it can be a bit difficult to follow what I’m up to (psst look at my Events page).

January

January as always is a bit quiet. For us freelancers it’s a chance to catch up on the millions of e-mails we didn’t do over the year and hassle people to pay invoices, and to do all of our taxes (yay!).

February

Short Circuit Terminal 2 launched with a show in Venice. This second iteration of the work showcased the more complete web interface of the piece.

Short Circuit - Terminal 2

Exposed

Also there was my first Algorave performance of the year over at Rough Trade in Nottingham.

Algorave Nottingham

March

I provided visuals for Steve Davis (yes, the snooker player) at Hare and Hounds (thanks Capsule). The night was just generally full of joy 🙂

Steve Davis at Hare & Hounds

After doing a workshop in ImageMagick at BOM I jetted off to Montreal, Canada to talk to lots of Canadians about digital art and Copyright for the Arts in a Digital World Summit. It was a pleasure to have been invited and help reflect on digital communities. I also got to meet the awesome Carrie Gates for the first time IRL!

The Arts in a Digital World Summit

I did a small writeup of my experience for the New Art West Midlands website.

April

My biggest curated exhibition to date launched in April. No Copyright Infringement Intended opened its doors at Phoenix in Leicester. The exhibition featured 10 artists whose work tackled copyright in a variety of ways. I’m of course very thankful to Phoenix and Arts Council England for their support (and to Kerry Leslie for her awesome graphic design for the exhibition).

No Copyright Infringement Intended

No Copyright Infringement Intended

Elsewhere, in my Curating role at Vivid Projects we, in collaboration with Flatpack Film Festival, presented the first UK screening of all four episodes of Ways of Something.

Hybrid Landscapes launched at Digital Catapult in London and featured a video of Unauthorised Copy.

Later that month I welcomed various artists from the No Copyright Infringement Intended exhibition to a panel discussion called Copyright as Frame and Prison.

May

Short Circuit Terminal 3 – the final one – launched in Venice and showcased the most completely versions of both Unauthorised Copy and Exposed.

Short Circuit - Terminal 3

I then made my way up to Newcastle for the Chemical Algorave, which was my first time experimenting with Pure Data and OBS for live coding visuals.

Chemical Algorave

Chemical Algorave

Why this is notable is because prior to this I wasn’t able to overlay my patch onto my visuals. So, whilst I was live coding no one could tell! Using OBS I was able to do this and much more (for example try using the LUT effect).

June

Aside from curating work at Vivid Projects June was relatively quiet and focused on Algoraves. For the first I curated and performed at an Algorave for Supersonic Festival, which featured Miri Kat, BITLIP and Heavy Bleeding, which is/was the collaboration between Blood Sport and Heavy Lifting.

Algorave Supersonic Festival

Algorave Supersonic Festival

I then made my way over to Kortrijk to provide visuals for Yaxu at an Algorave for the BUMP design festival.

July

I continued my Summer of festival Algoraves with a performance at Bluedot Festival at Jodrel Bank. We couldn’t quite compete with Orbital but we drew good crowd 🙂

Back in May I started a Fellowship at Near Now in Nottingham. My project, Curating the Machine, aimed to investigate the relationship between automation (AI) and curating. In July myself and the other Fellows did our first public presentation about our respective research projects.

You can read more about my research here: https://curatingthemachine.wordpress.com/

August

My main task of this month was to embarked on one of my most ambitious projects/artworks to date at Green Man Festival. My work, Mirrored, aimed to replicate the experience of live visuals but in a fixed form.

Mirrored

Mirrored

Many thanks to Green Man for supporting this art work. It was tough at times but I enjoyed it 🙂

If doing that project wasn’t enough I also performed at Green Man’s first Algorave in Einstein’s Garden.

Algorave Green Man

At the end of the month I published my five days of Pure Data series of blog posts and tutorials, something which I had been meaning to write and publish for many years!

September

Barely a fortnight after being in a field for a week I was back on curating duties for the second iteration of No Copyright Infringement Intended at Vivid Projects.

No Copyright Infringement Intended

No Copyright Infringement Intended

No Copyright Infringement Intended

This time the exhibition was only three weeks long but it still had the same amount of activities as the exhibition at Phoenix in April. In fact I somehow managed to add in a meme-making workshop and a presentation from Gretchen Andrew!

Other activities in this busy month included a commission for Spon Spun’s Art Trail and a performance with Michael Lightborne at the Coventry Biennale.

With the Support of my Near Now Fellowship I did a presentation about No Copyright Infringement Intended at CopyCamp in Warsaw, Poland.

People like myself, Nick Briz, Ariele Elia, and Mitch Altman provided takes on the state of copyright from the perspective of creators and artists, which was a great complement to the insightful presentations from copyright lawyers and professionals.

To round off the month Exposed and Unauthorised Copy were exhibited at the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend.

Digital Design Weekend 2017

October

This October was a bit quiet due to teaching again at University of Westminster and starting occasional teaching at Staffordshire University.

I also started a series of regular workshops at the Barbican in response to the Boom for Real Basquiat exhibition. This kicked off with a bit of live digital and collage art with Maria Midttun for their Too Young For What event.

Too Young For What?

Too Young For What?

Towards the end of the month I was back at Parsons Paris to give another talk about my work but this time focusing on No Copyright Infringement Intended and remix culture in general.

November

The biggest event of November was a performance at Algomech in Sheffield. I had previously provided visuals at their closing party in 2016 but this year I was on visuals duty at their main Algorave. The Guardian even did a feature on it for their series on underground music.

You can see your favourite visuals live coder throwing some shapes at 0:27 😉

December

I actually had no events in December!

As you can probably tell, this post wasn’t originally written in 2017, or even in early 2018 as I had planned. Instead it got pushed further and further back until now, December 2018. With the deletion of many social media accounts I eventually want to return to writing more on this website and elsewhere. Oh, and make art 😉