Postopia? Where will our obsession with technology take us?
This month you can view Leonardo da Vinci’s prophetic drawings of future technologies in A Life In Drawing, the history of robot design that “reveals our quest to make machines human” in Robots, visions of the future in Is This Tomorrow? and Postopia, an exhibition that explores how technology is changing human behaviour.
Clearly our 500-year obsession with technology is alive and well but, what drives this obsession? The UAL Post-Grad Community published my thoughts.
Project managing this large 40 artist exhibition in the amazing Ugly Duck gallery space. The theme is centred around ideas of our future with technology. Will we create a utopia or a dystopia. Or will there be something beyond such dichotomy?
Announcing the Uncovered Collective. A group of over 30 artists from all over the world whose work ranges from painting, sculpture and assemblage to video, performance & photography. We are multi-national, multi-generational & multi-racial. We provide a platform for artists to develop ideas & exhibit work that investigates & questions current societal, political & cultural issues. We are interested in social transformation. I am a founder member and on the project team.
Time and Truth: Why is there so much film on the London art scene right now?
I spent a few days viewing three film exhibits: Christian Marclay’s The Clock, the Turner Prize shortlist, and Strange Days: Memories of the Future, at The Store X. I wrote a critical review of the three shows and proposed some reasons why there was currently so much film on the art scene. The UAL Post-Grad Community Blog published my thoughts.
Residency for the National Trust
I was very honoured to be invited to present a proposal for the Leith Hill National Trust estate for 2019. I proposed the creation of an interactive art and song installation, with well-being and mental health at its core and was successful. I will be resident at the property April - June 2019 and will keep a journal of my experiences.
who will provide, The Crypt, nw1
I co-curated this shared exhibition which asked 32 artists to make work that responded to St. Pancras Church, the Crypt, and its surroundings. The theme was centred around ideas of provision and preservation of services, safety, shelter, guidance. I created a series of baked beans “Phaseolus Vulgaris” to represent the effect charity has on faith.
A great prank? A clever commentary on the state of the art world? Yes. Great art? No.
I loved Banksy’s recent prank at Sotheby’s but I took offence at BBC arts editor Will Gompertz’s review of it. I sent in my reasoning to the UAL Post-Grad Community and they were brave enough to publish my thoughts. My review is a critical analysis on what constitutes “great art” and how anything that comments on itself loses meaning.
The Object In Charge
‘The Object in Charge’ is a live-action based research project informed by the research concerns of Kim Pace and Sarah Woodfine. Many of us were fascinated by the animism of objects, with their potential to soak up history, exude memory and often to fulfil a function.
I was delighted to be asked to take part in this project and honoured to have my work published as the centre fold in the resulting book.
ARTISTS UNITE TO END FGM
From October 2018 I will join some amazing artists and musicians to support the vital work of this charity. FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development) is the leading African women-led organisation working on female genital mutilation, child marriage and other forms of violence against women and girls in the UK and Africa.
Wimbledon Shots, UAL Wimbledon, SW19
Curated by Liberty Antonia Sadler, the opening event of Wimbledon Shots included work by Marley Treloar, Philippa Kate Weaver, Naomi Avsec, Antonis Sideras, Mark Goldby, James Reynolds, Morna Hinton, Andrea Arnold and Lorraine Devine. These events were part of the MFA Fine Art 2018 Degree Show and included a Q&A with Curator and Artists.
SHEROES, UGLY DUCK, SE1
I was invited to take part in the Sheroes exhibition by Lon-art in March. The work selected is “I Claw Away My Skin”, part of my BODIES project. Lon-art do some amazing work to highlight art by women, or womxn as they like to say. Go here to follow their facebook page: Lon-art.org
HIDDEN SCARS, DaMLEY GALLERY, HACKNEY
FORWARD is the Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development. It is the leading African women-led organisation working on female genital mutilation, child marriage and other forms of violence against women and girls in the UK and Africa. I submitted a response to the FORWARD call for work and have had three works accepted for the exhibition.
TALK, ual, Elephant & Castle
Space for Failure is 'an initiative to promote experimenting and testing of feminist/queer performance concepts. It is there to activate a space independent of established contemporary art structures and to lose the fear of failing and make things happen that otherwise would never happen and enable genuine critique and discussion.' I presented work at a Reading Group to doctorate candidates and alumni.