Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Research Links

A list of links that are bulking up my new media understanding:

I'm learning about a whole new realm of art, art-making and art-understanding. It's great because I have studied the art-historical context with which to appreciate these new works.


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Elina Linina

The color palette, theme and general aesthetic of this tumblr is really nice. Certainly worth a look if you've got a minute.

Link via dazed and confused April playlist artwork.

Friday, 22 March 2013

not winter

Trinity Leeds Opening

Last night was amazing!

 The other interns and I arrived for the 6pm Henry Holland curated spectacle in the atrium of Trinity Leeds, and then had a wander around the place that had been a building site to us for the last year. As expected, walking around the finished Trinity was completely overwhelming. The sculptures looked amazing - particularly Andy's packhorse - as did all of the other commissions.

At 7pm we went to a lovely building in Leeds for the Land Securities official Trinity launch party - which was brilliant. We met some really interesting people and had some great conversations. The canapes were fantastic too. 
In the next few days we'll had an evaluating conclusion meeting, which I'm really looking forward to.

I'll write up some of last night's ideas properly when I have time - I flew back from the Alps yesterday after a week in the mountains, which means its full steam ahead for my dissertation hand-in next week. Wish me luck!

Thursday, 14 March 2013


Go here to learn about incredible interdisciplinary systems-based artworks.

Peter Jellitsch

I'm writing a paragraph of my dissertation which explores different ways in which artists investigate invisible 'dematerialised' systems.
I've come across the work of artist Peter Jellitsch, who's work Bleecker Street Documents concentrates on visualising the invisible system of WLAN signal through object, image and text.

Focusing on his visually stunning data-sculpture (reminiscent of the Hateplow gifs I posted the other day), I'm fascinated by Jellitsch's descriptions of fragmented space via the exploration of algorithmic, immaterial code. Infographics rule.


Up The Steps Second Event

Up The Steps | Second Event | 13/03/13 from Gear Talk Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Can't get enough


I have been neglecting tumblr lately - just seen this gif page via Dazed Tech and am completely hooked once more.

The mosaic deconstruction of sculptural form rules.


I headed over to Yorkshire Sculpture Park today - so beautiful.
The gallery has just got the best vibe. Everyone was really friendly, and since the space is so immersed in its landscape, there's a certain kind of peaceful contentness about the place. Difficult to explain but worth a visit.

I'm working with them over Easter as an invigilator for the outside space - the whole park. Never before have the YSP team attempted to include a group of invigilators into the curation of the park; it will be an experiment that I'm really excited to be a part of. 


See their exciting new sculpture below.

Up The Steps first event edit

Up The Steps | First Event | 09/03/13 from Gear Talk Productions on Vimeo.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Up The Steps First Event


The event didn't quite go to plan.

The marquee hire didn't turn up at 7:30am on Briggate and were uncontactable. When we finally did get in touch, we'd missed the time slot for vehicular access on the pedestrian area of town. The brief for our project was to create two events - one outside the gallery, and the second inside. As a result of such a crucial let down, we couldn't fulfill that brief, and had to run the event in the children's educational area of Leeds Art Gallery. 

Since the gallery is between shows at the moment, not many people came into the building. On top of that, the place we were working was quite hard to find. It was raining consistently throughout the day, and as a result, the shops, restaurants and other public spaces in which we tried to create some engagement outside the gallery were heaving with damp, pissed off people.

It was a frustrating day, but despite everything that was against us, we made the best of it. 

What I found most difficult about this project was the system/hierarchy of roles. Myself and a friend were initially contacted to curate the project, with lead artist hired to run it. As our plans developed, we enlisted the help of more volunteers, yet the three of us founded the central team. 
 Despite someone else operating as lead artist, I ended up supplying the project with its essential creative direction. We decided on an instruction-based idea in order to create as much varied engagement as possible, and thus went ahead with origami. Individual origami creations were thus to come together in some way to create a larger, accumulative artwork - a participatory arts project. The origins of this idea came from an installation commission I received last summer for some festival artwork. Unfortunately, the commission was cut as the festival ran out of money, and so I supplied the idea as part of this Up The Stairs project.

Below is that original brief from last year:


As well as the project's concept, I also came up with the collective's name 'Up The Steps' - appropriate for a project aiming to  encourage more young people into the gallery.
Yesterday's event was thus frustrating for me, because other people were taking credit for my idea. I really regretted providing another lead artist with my own experienced practice and concept (even if it did correlate well with the artist's own practice), and in the future I will be much more careful about sharing my ideas in this creative way. It was especially frustrating since the difference in amount of fee between the lead artist and myself was considerable.

We tied a net up and gradually throughout the day, the butterfly net began to build up as visualization of the developing level of participation. It looked really good.

 I'm extremely disappointed that we were unable to adhere to the REcreative brief. It seemed that everything was against us - it was a difficult day, but overall, it was great - if exhaustingly problem-solving - , and I'm looking forward to our follow up event on Wednesday evening, 13th March

Monday, 4 March 2013

Up The Steps

All day, 9th March, Briggate, Leeds city center
Origami Party
Write up of project to follow, but for now, follow us on twitter!

Up The Steps: Leeds Art Gallery Youth Collective
in association with

Friday, 1 March 2013

Big D's in Town

Completely. Engrossed. In. Dissertation.

Apologies for lack of gear talk contribution.

So involved in RLH

Insanely informative website that you have to have a look at (if you already haven't)