News & Recent Projects


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Current and upcoming exhibitions and events:

Spectra
We are excited that Ship of the Gods and Aerial will be journeying up to Aberdeen to be part of Spectra - Scotland's leading light festival.   From the 13-16 February 2020 SPECTRA will bring together artists, thinkers, musicians and businesses with the public to experience the city at its best with interactive sculptures, architectural projections and experimental music inspired by Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Water.

Alongside this, the Catalyst Conference will return to connect Scotland’s cultural sector to its counterparts across Nordic Nations and further afield.  We are looking forward to being part of this.

Click here For further information on the Catalyst Conference and the line up of speakers.


Ship of the Gods was originally commissioned by Absolutely Cultured and supported by the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund, with Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd, Humber Museums Partnership and Arts Council England.

 

 

Aerial was originally commissioned by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, 2019

 

 

Casting Light
Commissioned by the National Trust, Mottisfont, near Romsey
On show in the Red Room at Mottisfont from 11th January 2020



Casting Light will take an imaginative journey through the architectural layers of Mottisfont using a combination of lighting, 3D laser scanning technology, video projection and sound.

The imagery for this work has been created from 3D point cloud data generated from laser scans taken of the property earlier this year by local surveyors Geosight.
This data has been rendered and used to generate a series of animated journeys through Mottisfont. We have used a range of different software to explore the different boundaries and layers to the building and visually re-connect parts of Mottisfont through time and space.

Casting Light is commissioned by the National Trust, Mottisfont as part of its ongoing programme of exhibitions, commissions and installations.

 

 

 


Wellspring

Commissioned by The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant
On show from September 9th to December 28th December 2019



"Wellspring - the place something comes from or starts at; a source of continual supply"


Wellspring is a new video installation specially commissioned by The Spring for the mezzanine space, inspired by the processes and phenomena of Havant's springs. Havant is peppered with natural springs, supplied by water that has been filtering through the chalk karst landscapes of the South Downs for thousands of years.

The springs drew early settlers to the area and industries such as brewing, milling, tanning, parchment and glove making flourished because of this abundant natural water source. The hidden nature of the springs belies the important role they have played in Havant's past and their significance still today.

Wellspring takes an extraordinary look at the interactions of chalk and water as they move through space using high speed film to create extreme slow motion. Filmed in a studio at 2000 frames a second, the fast moving process of water pouring over chalk and leather, and falling fragments of chalk is slowed right down. Each interaction becomes apparent and when seen together creates a constantly evolving landscape. Extreme slow motion gives a sense of monumentality to small events that might otherwise go unnoticed and reveal an otherworldly environment in everyday processes.

Sound recordings taken from the springs, rivers and landscapes of this area have been layered with other recordings to form a soundscape for this slowly evolving environment. Mirrors have been used to extend the sense of an infinite terrain and to create an immersive space for the viewer to rest and observe. The duration of the video showing in the mezzanine space is 35 minutes and is looped to run continuously.

The 22 minute long video playing on the monitor nearby draws a connection between the chalk white leather landscapes seen in the mezzanine space and the spring water, which was an essential part of the leather glove making process. The cyclic nature of the water flowing through the leather gloved hands, like sand flowing through an hourglass, marks the passing of time and can never be caught.

Follow the link here for further information about the work.
We will be talking about Wellspring and our process for making the work along with other recent projects on Wednesday 20 November at 19.45.  Event is free but needs to be booked.  Link for further information and how to book is here.

 

 


Luminary
Luminary is a unique and spectacular multi-media art installation, commissioned for Crossness Pumping Station, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette; the great engineer who built London's sewers. Luminary combines 3D laser scanning technology, video projection, sound and lighting effects to create an ethereal and immersive exploration of this iconic heritage building.

Public viewing times:
Friday 12th July: 6pm - 9.15pm
Saturday 13th July: 11am - 2.15pm
Sunday 14th July: 11am - 2.15pm

Crossness Pumping Station. Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ
Free but book tickets via Eventbrite  

Commissioned by Peabody and Crossness Engines Trust

 


Aerial
Commissioned by Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter
Over the last few months we have been working with the taxidermy bird collection at RAMM in Exeter to create a new piece of work for the Birds Without Borders exhibition. 

Aerial occupies the airspace of the gallery and take visitors on a visual journey through the ethereal forms of migratory birds from RAMM's collections. Point cloud data from CT and 3D laser scans of the birds are used to create animated flight paths across and through their flight surfaces and illusory borders to give an extraordinary view of the collection.

Birds range from the sora rail, a rare American visitor to the British Isles, to now extinct North American passenger pigeons; from the red-listed cuckoo, a brood parasite and harbinger of spring with its well-known and distinctive call, to the bird with the longest migration: the arctic tern.

Open from 20 July until 3 November 2019.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3RX
Artists' Talk on September 25th at Exeter Phoenix, Studio 74. Follow link to book and further information.


 

 

 


Ship of the Gods

Inspired by the Norse story of Skidbladnir, a magical shape-shifting ship, Ship of the Gods combines film, 3D laser scanning technology, sound and lighting effects to create an ethereal projection experience.  Commissioned by Absolutely Cultured for the Urban Legends: Northern Lights event.  On show at Hull Minster from 29th November to 2nd December 2018.  Link to further details. 

 

In Other Words
Video installation commissioned by Havant & South Downs College.
On show at Aspex, Portsmouth from 18 October-25 November 2018

In Other Words is a new video installation which explores the nature of language, social interaction and identity. Seeing and experiencing yourself as another person is at the heart of this installation. It has been developed in response to the research undertaken by the students at Havant and South Downs College which looks at the origins of the Portsmouth accent and dialect.
Further info...

 

The Ripple Effect
A Trust New Art commission for the National Trust Lacock
8 September to 18 November 2018
The Chaplains' Room, Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire


 

The Ripple Effect is a new installation created for The Chaplains' Room at Lacock Abbey, inspired by the architecture of the medieval cloisters and its legacy as a place for contemplation. It is the first of three projects which explore the theme of peace and its ambiguities and what this can mean from a contemporary perspective within the context of Lacock.  The installation coincides with the centenary of Armistice Day.

The Ripple Effect on one level describes the qualities of the installation, but also alludes to the idea that any action is interconnected and can have a far reaching effect.  

We have created a floor of white silk which has been cut and sewn to fit around the central stone pillar and main area of the Chaplains' Room.  A series of fans set around the edge of the installation cause waves to ripple through the whole of the silk floor like a single body of water. The breeze filtering through from the outside and the moisture and circulation of air within the confines of the room all cause variations in the flow and movement of the silk.

The edge of the installation cuts diagonally across the room from the entrance to the far corner leaving a narrow section of the floor uncovered so visitors can view and become immersed in the artwork.

Silk has been chosen for its material qualities, but also for its associations with Armistice and its use in times of conflict and peace during and after the two World Wars. Armistice Silk - a refinished silk made from the 18 million yards of surplus silk cartridge cloth at the end of World War 1 and the silk military parachutes, were both used to make clothes during and after the war.

The space is illuminated by both natural and coloured LED light and the mood of the space will change continually throughout the day and months. The shift through the spectrum of colours reflects the diverse qualities of light found around Lacock, from the natural golden glow of the afternoon sun on the stonework to the more staged artificial lighting effects used in the Cloisters' film sets.

A soundscape can be heard through headphones set up in the space to create a solitary context for experiencing the work cut off from the ambient sounds in the room. This has been composed from sounds recorded around Lacock during the last few months and layered to gradually build up then fall away quickly to induce a sense of silence. 

Background information on the soundscape
Over the summer we talked with staff and volunteers to find out their thoughts about what 'Peace' means to them, the places in Lacock they find most peaceful and the sounds they most associate with Lacock. These conversations were our guide to explore with open ears the different aspects of Lacock and record the diversity of sounds we found along the way.

These include the chattering sound of bats emerging from the tower at dusk, the call of the swifts in the Tudor Courtyard, the chimes from the Clock Tower, the sound of voices and footsteps in the Cloisters and the bleating of the sheep at dawn and dusk. The babbling sound of the nearby river trickles through the whole soundtrack - a constant presence throughout Lacock's history.

Beneath this, an additional layer of sound pushes and pulls on the sense of whether other forces and motives might be at play within these peaceful settings to introduce an ambiguous element into the idea of what 'peace' may be. This slowly builds up then drops back into a state of tranquillity repeatedly throughout the track.

The soundscape provides a different and more solitary context for experiencing the installation. It can be heard via the headphones and is looped on a 20 minute cycle with 18 minutes of sound which then drops to a 2 minute lull.

Our idea for The Ripple Effect grew out of our observations of the spaces around the Cloisters and the way in which time has left its mark on the fabric of the building. There is a sense that people have passed through the space and the building seems to gently hold a residue of the life that has flowed through it.  The wave-like forms polished into some of the compacted mud floors seem to express this.

Link to further images.  Also take a look at our blog to see the development of the project.

 
  

M2 (at) 15 - a Birthday Celebration
10 May to 27 May 2018
Private View | 10 May 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
Monday 21 May 2017 | Pecha Kucha from 6pm t0 9pm

 

m2(at)15 is a retrospective exhibition celebrating fifteen years of a unique gallery space. In 2003 Julia Manheim and Ken Taylor incorporated a 1m2 window gallery into their newly converted milk depot in Peckham. Since then around ninety artists have shown work in the m2 Gallery, which presents a 24 hour accessible, rolling programme of six exhibitions a year. The space is intended for the experimentation, exploration and implementation of visual ideas.

To acknowledge this endeavour and the continuing success of the gallery, Julia, Ken and curator Sarah Goodwin have selected thirty one previously exhibited artists to come together to present an enticing multi faceted exhibition. Many of the artists have responded to this invitation by making new work, others will show recent pieces for the first time in the UK. Work will include photography, installation, ceramics, video, sculpture, painting, glass, jewellery and performance.

Exhibiting artists include:

Peter Abrahams  |  Teresa Albor  |  Caroline Broadhead  |  Rod Bugg  |  Alison Carlier  |  Helen Carnac & David Gates  |  Lin Cheung  |  Anthony Coleman  |  Robert Cooper  |  Fran Cottell  |  Barbara Dougan  |  Helen Dowling  |  Gen Doy  |  Iain Hales  |  Heinrich & Palmer  |  Harriet Hill  |  Benjamin Jenner  | Alistair Magee  |  Mutalib Man  |  Carol Mancke  |  Julia Manheim  |  Stuart Mayes  |  Kate MccGwire | Helen Pailing  |  Flora Parrott  |  Irene Pérez Hernandez  |  Jacqueline Poncelet  |  Ken Taylor  |  Frank Watson  |  Matthew Webber  |  Ken Wilder

 

 

Aesthetica Art Prize 2018

Strange Attractor has been longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2018 and features in the anthology Futures Now: 100 Contemporary Artists 2018.  

  

Floe
A large scale projection and soundscape event for The Deep, Hull
Commissioned for Hull UK City of Culture 2017
8 - 10 December 2017

Further info here

 



Set in Stone

Installation created for m2 Gallery, 2c King's Grove, London
Media: Digital print, leather bound book, limestone, velvet, half silvered mirror and LED lights
16th September - 19th November 2017

"Set in Stone: To be very difficult or impossible to change." (Cambridge Dictionary)

Set in Stone is a literal and contradictory expression of this phrase. In this work we have fused together a book and a stone using light and mirrors to create an ambiguous object. This can be viewed through a peep hole cut out of an image of a stone set up in the m2 Gallery window. 

 

   

   

Front Row

Window installation at Booth Mansion, The Rows, 30 Watergate Street, Chester
Commissioned by Chester Civic Trust and Cheshire West and Chester for Open Heritage Days
7 - 10th September 2017

Front Row has been developed in response to some of the stories and architectural features of the Chester Rows and has been made for the window space of Booth Mansion.

The Chester Rows date back to medieval times and although their precise origins are unknown the layout follows a similar pattern to that of the Roman legionary fortress. Their significance and archaeological merit lies in the historical overlays and changes of use that followed on through the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian periods to the present day.

Over the years the Rows have changed or adapted either through accident or by design. Each architectural feature reflects a fashion, function or story of the past resulting in a rich tapestry of building styles. The Rows today are living, working, spaces and continue to evolve and develop in response to their usage and activity.

Front Row is an artistic response to the fragmentary and multi layered nature of the Rows and the potential of these unique spaces to transform. It has been developed from film footage and photographs taken of the Rows, which has been edited and layered to create a constantly changing view of these unique spaces. The video forms the back of a mirrored chamber to create a kaleidoscopic vista of the projections and bring symmetry to the myriad of fragments. Front Row is looped to run continuously throughout the day.

 

 

 

Interchange
Commissioned by Aspex
Supported by Portsmouth City Council
On display at The Hard Interchange throughout the summer

Interchange is a film created in response to the recent developments at the Hard Transport Interchange in Portsea.

Earlier this year we worked with pupils from St George's Beneficial Church of England Primary School, Portsmouth - After School Club. Over a seven week period we led a series of workshops at the Aspex Gallery exploring the transformation and interchange of spaces. The group created their own camera obscura boxes filled with imaginary model buildings and cityscapes inspired by the architectural landscape of Portsea. Projection mapping techniques were used to create interchangeable scenes and spaces using video footage and photography of urban and natural environments.

Inspired by the children's creations, we have made this film which combines and projects their own video footage taken from around The Hard and Portsea with the children's own models. Interchange is a culmination of these journeys that span real and imaginary worlds.

 

 

 

Light Wave is on the 2017 Lumen Prize Longlist - Moving Image.  Thanks to Solent Showcase Gallery for originally commissioning us and to Sea Swim for including it in their exhibition Head Above Water.

 

 

 

We are excited that two of our point cloud images taken from the video Travelling Light have been selected for inclusion in a new book entitled "The Art of the Point Cloud" which is scheduled for publication later in 2017.

Travelling Light was originally commissioned by Illuminating York and The National Railway Museum in 2016 as part of the Illuminating York Light Festival.

 

 

 

In Collusion: Arts & Technology Meet Up
Shakespeare Barn, King's Lynn Arts Centre 29 King St, PE30 1HA
30 March 6 - 9 pm

We will be talking about our experiences of working site specifically with light and projection and share some of our thoughts on reality, illusion, virtual reality, interactivity and the interface between audiences, sites and artworks.  Further info...

 

 

 
Seaswim:  Head Above Water

Crescent Arts, Scarborough
18 February - 31 March 2017

 

The transformative effects of sea bathing that inspire artists and writers are captured in an exhibition that explores its sensations, stories and psychological impact.

Head Above Water reveals the embodied imagination of the swimmer's experience through film, photography, sculpture, drawing and poetry.

We will be showing Light Wave in this exhibition curated by Lara Goodband. 

 

 

 
Collusion - Data Culture Lab Artists' Residency
Supported by Anglia Ruskin University, University of Cambridge Museums, Arts Council England & the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough LEP. 

We are excited to be part of Collusion's data-culture lab which take's place 16-20 January 2017. It's a week long development session that will explore evolving ideas and ways in which artists can engage with this mass data culture, set against the backdrop of Cambridge as a leading centre of research and development. Click here for more info on Collusion.


 


  


Illuminating York Light Festival 2016

Travelling Light

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York
26 to 29 October 2016
Commissioned by Illuminating York and National Railway Museum with support from Pulsar Light

Travelling Light combines film, 3D laser scanning technology and lighting effects to create an ethereal light installation made specifically for The Workshop at the National Railway Museum. Viewed from the balcony above, glimpses of the partially illuminated Workshop can be seen through a large suspended voile screen onto which a film is projected.

The film projection takes a journey into the museum's collection and workshop area, with an eye on the future developments in engineering using new technologies to define space and material. Various light sources and technologies, from LED lighting to 3D laser scans, have been used to reveal or explore different interpretations of the space.

The Workshop is full of historic dismantled trains, components, tools and machines and is a fully functional engineering space. There is a strong sense of material and colour in this space but also potential energy. It is heavy and scattered at the same time.

The 3D point clouds are made up of millions of points of calibrated light taken from multiple locations, each with a three dimensional value that locates a tiny dot on a surface.
It is as if every single item has a fine coating of dust made of light.

3D laser scans are currently used in rail system engineering to determine the kinematic envelope of a train. These envelopes are 3D shells of the spaces that rail vehicles will occupy whilst moving, including the effects of tilting and swaying due to tracks, wind resistance and other mechanical forces.

3D scanning undertaken by CT Surveys

Further links: Illuminating York and National Railway Museum


 

  


Head Above Water: A Swimmer's Perspective

Strange Cargo, Folkestone
22 October to 26 November 2016

Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth
23 July to 3 September 2016

We will be showing work in this exhibition alongside artists: Sally Barker, Tessa Bunney, Gary Coyle, Dorothy Cross, Lynn Dennison, Peter Matthews, Simon Pope, Gayle Chong Kwan, Anna Sikorska, Kit Wise and Sea Swim.

Curated by Lara Goodband

The transformative effects of sea bathing that inspire artists and writers are captured in an exhibition that explores its sensations, stories and psychological impact.

Head Above Water reveals the embodied imagination of the swimmer's experience through film, photography, sculpture, drawing and poetry.

Head Above Water will then be touring to Strange Cargo in Folkstone and then to Crescent Arts in Scarborough opening on 17 February 2017 as part of Coastival 2017. Further info 

 

  


Da Vinci Engineered
Zebedee's Yard, Whitefriar Gate, Prices Dock Street, Hull
Saturday 2nd July - Sunday 21st August 2016

We have been commissioned to create a new artwork for the Da Vinci Engineered Exhibition in Hull and have been developing the work in discussion with the School of Engineering at Hull University. 

This show curated by Lara Goodband, features reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci's flight and wind machines loaned by the Da Vinci Museum, Florence, alongside contemporary artists' works which respond to ideas of flight or use engineering in their conceptualization, design or production. The exhibition is one of the events programmed as part of the Amy Johnson Festival.

Thursday 7th July 6 - 7 pm
Artists' talk - in conversation with David Sowden from School of Engineering, Hull University.

Take a look at our blog to see how the idea developed.
See further images of the completed installation - Strange Attractor