Ellie Harrison was born in London in 1979 and now lives and works in Glasgow, where she sees herself as a ‘political refugee’ escaped from the Tory strongholds of Southern England.
She describes her practice as emerging from an ongoing attempt to strike-a-balance between the roles of ‘artist’, ‘activist’ and ‘administrator’.
As well as making playful, politically engaged works for gallery contexts, she is also the coordinator of the national Bring Back British Rail campaign, which strives to popularise the idea of renationalising of our public transport system, and is the agent for The Artists’ Bond – a long-term speculative funding scheme for artists.
Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, questioning our place in the physical universe. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships, most recently the Samsung Art + Prize 2012 for new media, the Golden Gate Award for New Visions at San Francisco International Film Festival USA 2012 and the Art and Science Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival USA.
La Société Anonyme
La Société Anonyme is an artist’s collective born from the ashes of the Dutch 2013 funding cuts to the arts. An avant-garde art collective with a corporate twist après la lettre, La Société Anonyme launches its first product in July 2012: The SKOR Codex, a book preserving the legacy of one of the Netherlands’ perishing art organisations for the distant future. Adopting an experimental model of artistic corporation, La Société Anonyme responds to the commodification of culture by searching for alternative ways to make, promote and sustain art. La Société Anonyme is represented by Dušan Barok, Danny van der Kleij, Aymeric Mansoux, and Marloes de Valk.
Stanza is an internationally recognized artist, who has exhibited worldwide since 1984. His artworks have won prestigious painting prizes and ten first prize art awards including: Vidalife 6.0, SeNef Grand Prix, and Videobrasil. Stanza’s art has also been rewarded with a prestigious Nesta Dreamtime Award, an Arts Humanities Creative Fellowship and a Clarks bursary award.
His artworks have been exhibited globally with over fifty exhibitions in the last five years including: Venice Biennale, Victoria Albert Museum, Tate Britain, Mundo Urbano Madrid, New Forest Pavilion Artsway, State Museum, Novorsibirsk, Biennale of Sydney, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Mexico, Plymouth Arts Centre, ICA London, Sao Paulo Biennale.
His mediums include painting, video, prints, generative artworks and installations. Stanza is an expert in arts technology, CCTV, online networks, touch screens, environmental sensors, and interactive art. Recurring themes throughout his career include, the urban landscape, surveillance culture and alienation in the city.
Fabio Lattanzi Antinori
Fabio Lattanzi Antinori’s work is concerned with the individual and the group from a social, historical and cultural perspective focusing around the relationship existing between corporate systems and the language of the interior in the postmodern society. His practice traverses the territory of popular culture in the age of mass information with a specific interest in the sacred role of data, seen as a critical tool to provide an interpretation of reality and an attempt to objectify it.
His language ranges from kinetic sculptures to screen print, photography, video and installations and it has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums.
Phil completed a PhD in music composition in 2004, creating his own handmade electronic instruments and rewiring existing technologies to see what would happen. Previous works have included modified CD players, electronic music boxes, and the integration of living plants into electronic circuits. These interests soon expanded to include broader artistic issues surrounding technology and nature, while retaining elements from musical practice such as rhythm, physicality, and intangibility.
Martin John Callanan
Martin John Callanan is an artist researching an individual’s place within systems.
Working around and through and away-from technology’s relationship with humanity Ben Garrod has an old computer, some water colours, a mobile telephone, some effects pedals, lots of Greg Egan and Philip K. Dick novels, several tumblr accounts, and an OHP. With these he has made perspectival trompe l’oeil wall paintings intended to collapse virtual and verifiable spaces through design-duration-documentation. Born in Bedford in 1981 he received a BA in Fine Art; painting, from Bath Spa University in 2005 or 2006, and is currently studying for an MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade. He often works collaboratively with Lee Stone and Adam Burton. Recent work includes experiments with naïve digital image/sound processing, and QR codes that address the viewer-phone as a posthuman consumer.
Benedikt Groß and Bertrand Clerc
Benedikt Groß (German, born 1980) and Bertrand Clerc (French, born 1981) are both currently studying Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Their first collaborative project together, Metrography showcases both their skills and interests, producing a complex yet accessible work that critically investigates the implications of technology.
Benedikt is a speculative and interaction designer working across disciplines. He is fascinated by the relationships between people, their data and environments. This study has led to his belief that design, driven by an understanding of those relationships, can improve people’s lives. He is co-author of Generative Gestaltung which is one of the standard books for computational design and information visualization in German-language with translations to English and French.
Bertrand is a multidisciplinary designer based in London, UK. He is interested in ideological differentials, cultural negatives, the spaces between fiction, history, hyperreality, and the depiction of their prospective implications for the real. In parallel, Bertrand also works a design consultant to help companies create compelling products and experiences for the global market.