AIR LAB: Announcing our Generator artists!

air lab 2After a competitive process, we have selected artists for our professional development programme Air Lab Generator. They will collaborate with technologists, curators and environmentalists.

 

AIR LAB GENERATOR

On Monday 13th November, the participants will be coached by:

Artist and technologist Charles Gershom;

Aerial surveillance and filming expert, Alex Rees – Pilot / Founder and Director of  Mighty Sky,;

Gemma Brace Teaching Fellow and Curator in History of Art, Heritage and Museums, University of Bristol Exhibitions Curator at RWA and co-curator  of Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017 ;

Associate Producer for Air Lab, Dr Emma Posey.

The following individuals were chosen on the basis of their artistic practice and motivation to explore the uses of drones  with the aim of incorporating digital elements in their work, and to understand the issues and senitivities of working in the Black Mountains.

 

Susan Adams

Born in Kent, Susan Adams now works at her studio near Brecon and occasionally teaches at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales. Her practice embraces various media including painting, print, polychromed wood-carving and video. After studying Painting at Norwich School of Art and the Slade Susan became Fine Art Fellow at Cheltenham College of Art. She then worked as Artist in Residence in India, the USA and the UK including at ArtsAcre Calcutta, Millay Colony New York, Welsh National Opera, Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), Oriel Mostyn and Shaftesbury Abbey. She was also selected to become the first Artist in Residence at Gloucester Cathedral.

Drawn to the uncanny, Susan is engaged with expressing a sense of narrative through art, making use of folk art, literature, film and children’s book illustration. She is interested in the exchange between the solid real, belief and the imaginary. An exploration of medieval sainthood led on to a collaborative project with contemporary voice-hearers in Wales. A recipient of a major Creative Wales Award, Susan used the grant to collaborate with writers and travel to the USA and Canada to establish a dialogue with internationally acclaimed artists who use narrative in their practice.

Susan Adams has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, venues in Wales include Oriel Mostyn, Oriel Mwldan, Attic Cardiff, MoMA Wales; as well as venues in London, Paris, Maastricht and Zagreb.

www.susan-adams.co.uk 

 

 

Richard Billingham

Richard graduated from Sunderland University with a degree in Painting in 1994.
He was offered gallery representation by Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London and began exhibiting internationally in shows such as New Photography 12, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sensation, Royal Academy, London; Life Live, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Paris and Pictura Britannica, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

In 1997 he was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize and the following year BBC2 broadcast his film Fishtank, (47mins) produced by Artangel and filmmaker Adam Curtis. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2001 and was nominated for the Turner Prize, also 2001, for his show at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

His work is held in many collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, V & A and Tate Galleries, London. More recently, he has written and directed his first feature film Ray & Liz, to be released in 2018. He has been Professor in the Creative Industries at Middlesex University since 2012 and is a lecturer in Fine Art Photography at the University of Gloucestershire.

http://www.anthonyreynolds.com/billingham.php

 

 

Stefhan Caddick

Stefhan is a visual artist working in video, installation and performance. His practice spans a range of media but he has an ongoing interest in making installations, events and films which engage with landscape and place, often through the use of new technologies and new ways of working. Recent projects have involved partnerships with or commissions for University of St Andrews, Glamorgan Archive, International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Ebbw Vale Works Museum, Green Man Festival, Fourth Wall Film Festival, University of Ottawa and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Artists have always engaged with new ways of representing the world around them – I’m interested in exploring the possibilities which seem to be offered by drone technology for mapping and representation, and how associations between drones and ideas around surveillance and the military impact on meaning.

http://www.stefhancaddick.co.uk/projects/

 

 

Joshua Davidson

Joshua is a Graphic Designer and Cyclist with a deep interest in the visual image, exploring creative outcomes from the perspective of visual communication. His interests pertain to technology, moving image, digital culture, complex systems, socio-political change, engineering, neural-networks and the environment.

Air Lab is offering me a unique opportunity to expand my thinking about landscape, space, movement & mapping. Examining these themes through the visual language of the drone.

 www.joshhd.co.uk

 

 

Penny Hallas

Based in Powys, Penny Hallas is an artist working in various media: drawing, painting, printmaking, video, sculpture. Her work revolves around a fascination with internal states of being: sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing; alive to the promptings of chance, fantasy and emotion; it seeks to explore correspondences between the material world and the hidden crannies of the psyche.
Whatever the medium, she is interested in the way self-contained visual/conceptual elements, when brought together, form fluid systems in which differing narratives, visual rhythms and conceptual overviews come into prominence by turns, dissolving then, to be replaced by others.

As joint artist in residence with Llangattock Green Valleys’ HYDRO, I am intrigued to find out what the use of UAVs would bring to my visual exploration of LGV’s micro-hydro installations and sites in the Black Mountains – adding an airy perspective to what has so far been watery and earthbound. I look forward to sharing and learning together as a way of questioning my own established ways of seeing and making.

http://pennyhallas.co.uk/wp/2970/hydro/

 

 

Maria Hayes

Maria has been practising as a visual artist since 1986; exhibiting and drawing live at events throughout the UK. An award-winning facilitator, Hayes devises and delivers workshops in schools, galleries, and community venues as well as lecturing in higher education. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD (Fine Art) from Aberystwyth University and published papers on drawing. Hayes explores drawing in a condition of connected looking, through both analogue and digitally assisted methods. She collaborates with performance-based practitioners (dancers, musicians, storytellers) to create unique stage experiences where the process of creating work is revealed to the audience. Using cameras with projection technology Hayes puts her hand in the camera to reveal the human process of analogue image making.

I have always loved flying and drawing birds. The new UAV technologies allow us a birds-eye view of flying over landscape. I would love to put my hand in the camera of a birds-eye-view and trace the trajectory my eye is drawn to in real time and motion. In this way I might experience how a bird sees when it flies. I will make an image of my experience of flight through looking and being an eye/hand in the camera. My hand will generate the image that enacts itself within my body, without leaving the ground. It will be intriguing to see what a grounded flight drawing will look like.

http://www.mariahayes.info/

 

 

Sion Marshall- Waters

Sion is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in South Wales. A recent graduate from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, his projects thus far have aimed to explore people’s relationship with place; how notions of place are constructed, experienced and how they shape one’s sense of self. His interest in documentary extends from a background in the social sciences; prior to switching to anthropology he received a BA in Politics and Sociology also from the University of Manchester. He believes that documentary film, photography and sound have a unique capability of evoking story and experience in ways that go beyond the written word.

I’m hoping to understand how we may use digital technologies to explore and reframe how we may represent and interpret human experiences and perspectives of the world.

https://sionmarshallwaters.com/

 

Sara Rees

Sara Rees is a visual artist from the Gower Peninsular, currently based in Cardiff. She studied Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts, and Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design. Her transdisciplinary practice encompasses site-specific installation, video, photography, writing, and performance, and explores notions of history and memory in relation to the politics and poetics of space.

Rees presents work both within the gallery and beyond, from bucolic woodlands to a derelict Soviet power station, responding as much to contemporary global conditions and events as to the resonances of a specific place or site. Arising from this territory, and inextricably woven through it are questions about the nature of reality, consciousness and time.

Rees’ work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. She has undertaken a number of commissions and residencies: at Oriel Mostyn, the Welsh School of Architectural Glass, HANGAR Barcelona, and the BBC, and has been the recipient of several awards and prizes, including the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Award.

We are entering an age of unprecedented visuality, in which we are both the subjects and agents of an omnipresent gaze. As a politically engaged artist, I see creative engagement with drone technology and the visual perspectives it produces as a critical line of inquiry.

 

 

Neasa Terry

Neasa is currently undertaking the Litmus Residency at Oriel Davis Gallery.
She recently completed her MA in Communication Design at Central St. Martins, UAL. As well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, CLTAD from University of the Arts, she also has an MA RCA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art and a BA First Class Honours in Fine Art Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design.
Her awards and residencies include, Unit(e) Residency and commission for g39, Cardiff, funding from Arts Council England as part of LUX13 Critical Forum. She was named Winner of ‘Film London in 90 Seconds: Capital Tales’, Islington, and short listed for the Stanley Picker Tutorship Award, Kingston University.

I’m interested in the role that industry, landscape and technology play in the evolution of sound of an area and how the shape of this space acts as an instrument; sounds echoing through valleys, crescendoing through tunnels. In taking part in Air Lab I’m interested to see if I can use images from above to produce three dimensional pieces through photogrammetry.

http://www.neasaterry.com/About

 

 

 

For those interested in other events in the Air Lab series, you can sign up to our Monday 27th November creative practitioner session Above the Radar.

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