I will be speaking at the next Flux Event which will be centred around the theme of Site-Specific Art. This was a term that came to prominence in the 1960s when artists were becoming increasingly aware of the physical contexts of their work changing the works meaning. A Site-Specific artwork is a piece where the physical location and surroundings of an artwork are inseparable from its identity.
Alexandra is an artist working with patterns in nature, natural processes and phenomena. She completed a foundation at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and a ceramics degree at Camberwell College of Art. She has exhibited work at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, in collaboration with Jean-Paul Gaultier. After working at various galleries includ- ing Tate Britain, she worked as a model maker for Sir Norman Foster and in the 3D aspect of the events industry before resuming her art practice. She has been commissioned work from seminal musicians Radiohead, and was recently shortlisted for the Arts@CERN COLLIDE International Award 2016 and longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2017. She frequently exhibits internationally and works in collaboration with cross-disciplined experts including sound designers, chemists, geologists, cosmologists and theoretical physicists. Her practice is predominantly science based and experimental in nature and includes drawing, sculpture, kinetic works, photography and video. Of particular focus is the boundary between art, science and technology. She spent six months at the artists’ collective HEIMA, in Seyðisfjorður, Iceland, sonifying the Aurora Borealis as an artist in residence and mentor. She was subsequently documenting her works in a castle in Co. Galway, Ireland, before returning to London to resume her practice. She was recently based at Durham for her Leverhulme funded residency, ‘Sculpting with Light’, at Durham University, investigating medieval and modern cosmology in collaboration with a physicist, historian and cosmologist. She is currently working on new projects, and kinetic and interactive sculptures with a particular focus on phase changes, smart materials and new technologies.
About Louise Beer & Lumen
Lumen is an art collective focused on the themes of astronomy and light, regularly exhibiting in churches as well as galleries. Through art, exhibitions and seminars Lumen aims to raise a dialogue about how humanity understands the nature of reality. The members of Lumen are Louise Beer, Melanie King and Rebecca Huxley.
Lumen first launched at the Saint Pancras Crypt Gallery on the Winter Solstice in December 2014. In May 2015, Lumen moved into the Crypt of St John on Bethnal Green Church and have continued to curate group shows, solo shows and artist in residence programmes in this space and other locations around London, the UK and Italy about a wide range of subjects including the detrimental effects of light pollution, the representation of voids and black holes and climate change.
Since September 2015, Lumen have taken 20 artists on an annual residency to the town of Atina, Italy, where the artists have an opportunity to create work in spacious studios. This residency includes a number of trips to local observatories, galleries and churches. The results of the work are then exhibited in an a historic church in Atina, and later, the Saint Pancras Crypt Gallery in London.
Louise Beer uses installation, photography and sculpture based work to explore our evolving understanding of the universe and the impact that this has on an individuals brief moment of existence. Louise is the co-director of, Lumen, super/collider Pale Blue Dot Collective and Print Science.
Chris Plant has been working with light and projection since 1991 starting with car boot sale slide and film projectors, swiftly incorporating video and computer gfx, and then later, realtime programming with the toolkit vvvv. His work varies between live video performance using analogue and digital formats, and temporary or permanent installations of light, projection and screen based works, both interactive and generative.
Louis Schamroth-Green & typethingc
The Type-Thing Collective is a new project by Rosy Southwell and Louis Schamroth-Green. They recently developed their first installation for Kallida festival. The installation, (mistree / smokey-lightey-type-thing), is a multisensory space that can be manipulated to create a variety of different moods. Type-Thing is about experimentation and playing with light and sound getting the festival goers to take part in this exploration was an integral part of the work. The installation generates an ongoing audiovisual composition, but any visitor can take over the controls with deep possibilities for improvisation. Another important feature of their work is creating a sense of space. Carefully selecting the location for the installation and the positioning of the lights invited people to explore the space and act as a catalyst for human interaction.
Previous work includes a series of light installations for the Edited Arts events. Louis has developed a bespoke software that act as a light synthesizer turinging alowing presise and expresive manipulation of lights. This was debuted for a collaboration with musician Loraine James. Rosy has been exploring a range of media including sound, paint and fabric and is currently finishing her PhD in neuroscience which explores how we process and interpret sound.
Louis Schamroth-Green (typethingc).