Resident digital artist at Vital Capacities. Online exhibition Appearances featuring new digital artwork ‘We Are Not Target Practice’
30-min radio programme ‘When a guerrilla choir hacks into your baby monitor to sing lullabies against child surveillance’, for Radiophrenia, artists’ broadcast from CCA Glasgow.
Artist of the Month at Outside In: online interview
Curated and presented discussion event, ‘Social Marginalisation and Machine Learning: defying the labels of the machinic gaze’ with Autograph Gallery, chaired by Dr Cecilia Wee. The event discussed the politics of machine learning, how technologies discriminate and how artists address these issues through creative practice.
Paper: ‘Following the I: the business of being watched. Examining surveillance through moving image practices beyond the realm of CCTV’ in Moving Image Artist Journal (issue 4)
Paper: Critique of Arebyte’s Open Screen, also with video review, commissioned by Disability Arts Online.
Paper: What does it mean to be seen by machines? Published by Autograph Gallery.
Sculptures ‘Insulated auditoriums’ in online group exhibition Another Space Within, presented by Outside In with Glasgow Museums, Glenside Hospital Museum, Mental Health Museum
Sculptures ‘Insulated auditoriums’, ‘Building up, Breaking Down’ (speculative architecture on the site of Eton College), and ‘I could have been a space to be heard in’ (a broken guitar nestled within a cardboard tower ponders links between architecture, musical instruments and discarded potential) presented by Outside In and Glasgow Museums at Kelvingrove Museum and Project Ability, Glasgow. Reviews in Country & Townhouse Magazine cited my miniature auditoriums as one of the highlights.
Paper: The Struggle to be Heard: music and architecture in Outsider Art. Published on Disability Arts Online.
Debut performance of Hurrian Cult Legacy at Cumberland Arms, Newcastle.
Cryptic commission for SoundBites online programme, Crystalline Unclear, presenting an audio-visual critique of machine vision and the social implications of pattern recognition technology.
With Every Fibre presented at Artech conference in Aveiro, Portugal, the 10th international conference on digital and interactive arts with the ACM.
1 of 4 selected artists exploring the Art Extraordinary collection (artworks collected by Joyce Laing, many of which were created by patients in Scottish psychiatric hospitals). Programme led by Outside In partnering with Glasgow Museums. Digital exhibition in 2022, plus summer exhibition at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow.
Sound Pioneer in residence with University of Hull and Yorkshire Women’s Sound Network and HCMF (supporting women in electronic music), developing a new piece with ambisonics. Performance of audio-visual work Da Greenland in October.
Debut album released, Hurrian Cult Legacy
Artist of the Month for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in July. Three written texts: Sonifying Geological and Mineral Data; Coded Messages in Lullabies; The Circulation of Music between Disparate Landmasses.
Axis Web’s Five2Watch, artists whose work relates to the theme Characterisation
Paper: As healthcare data breaches mount, how secure are Digital IDs? Published in Byline Times.
Artist featuring on the live-streamed panel discussion DIS_connect: Disability and Digital (im)mobilisation, hosted by Autograph Gallery and Disability Arts Online
Writing: ‘Shades of Grey: the opening solo show from British-Sudanese photographer Femme Inc.’ published in This is Tomorrow. Plus an interview with the artist here.
Contributing artist, Glasgow Mutual Aid zine
Living in an Inbox 30-sec film edit programmed for Strangelove Time-Based Media Festival, event touring to The Photographers’ Gallery, London (23 February), Turner Contemporary, Margate (2 March), Fabrica, Brighton (11-15 March), Folkestone’s Quarterhouse and Brewery Tap (18-24 March). Theme looks at the ‘fast-paced consumer culture of digital media’, curated by Terry Smith and David Gryn.
Selected artist for Issue 2, Rung magazine, a print and online platform for artist-curator collaborations, run by Isobel Emberson and Frances Kelly, co-curated by Polly Maxwell
Brewing (R&D), new commission with disabled artist and curator Aidan Moesby on social isolation, ‘warmth’, and digital connectivity. Shared at ARC Stockton. An installation using temperature sensors to shape sound and vibrations that pulse through water contained within an array of teacups. A generative cymatic installation.
Paper ‘Subversion in the shadows: making art about darkness, privacy and the data exhaust’ published in Medium
Podcast ‘An Inward Outlook: loneliness and the weather‘, broadcast on Radiophrenia from CCA Glasgow in May
+++Moor Time at the Wrong Biennale, digital curation
Access Denied in Contested Spaces at The Foundry, curated by Aidan Moesby and supported by Disability Arts Online
Axisweb’s ‘New Art Highlights of the Week’ for video installation Hold Me, 10-16 Sept
Paper ‘Against the artist as brand’ published in Hypocrite Reader, guest edited by Erica X Eisen
Invited speaker at Global Control conference, Riga on ‘the personality as artwork in online surveillance cultures’
Artist-in-Residence at Can Serrat, artist-led space near Barcelona, developing Living in an Inbox, an installation combining moving image, sound and projection on digital addiction, compulsive message-checking and resisting eye-tracking technologies
19-25 February, five day invited residency at Cove Park specifically to develop Watchtower for Cryptic’s ‘Cryptic Nights at the CCA, Glasgow
Watchtower at Devonshire Collective’s Digital Weekender
Watchtower’s international premiere at Luxembourg’s European Convention Centre, Friday Island’s conference including artists’ critical perspectives on Power. Exhibition and public talk.
Watchtower, programmed for Coastival festival in Scarborough
Artist-in-residence at The Auxiliary. A project exploring the relationship between contemporary communication technologies, social media, and mass surveillance. The main audio-visual installation, Watchtower, takes the shape of a lighthouse which projects footage collected from a drone, accompanied by a soundscape of camera clicks and keystrokes transformed into the sound of beating wings. The project uses light as a trope for ‘total visibility’ and the all-seeing nature of contemporary surveillance.
Density at Roper Gallery, Bath Artists’ Studios
Butchered at Norwich, environmental art show curated by Kate Knowlden for a disused green space
Shortlisted for the opening show of the Science Gallery, London, a new video installation on addiction to digital technology through the lens of diet and wellbeing (this piece then entered R&D in July 2018 at a project near Barcelona).
Shortlisted for the Nourish Curatorial Commission at Humber Street Gallery for Hull2017
Shortlisted for Spitalfields Music’s Open Call, to develop a piece that used Skype and live performers to explore how we communicate across distances via screens.
Dead Pigeons and Chandeliers at Ann Street Gallery, New York, ‘Politics & Power’ exhibit. A series of cardboard and electronic works depicting long-term empty mansions in North London which, despite being fitted with luxury furnishings, had never been lived in. These paintings incorporated conductive ink and light technology.
Shortlisted for the Collide International Artist residency (3 months in Geneva with CERN at the Hadron Collider and with FACT’s technology lab in Liverpool).
Shortlisted for Varc’s 12 month rural residency in Northumberland.
Dead Pigeons and Chandeliers at The Poor Door exhibition, A-Side B-Side gallery (shortlisted 1 in 6 for Artquest’s Work Week award, part of Art Licks weekend)
Ruin Nation at Doncaster’s DNweekeND, a continuation of cardboard and electronic paintings
See. Sit. Sound at Chorlton Arts Festival, an interactive bench which repurposed technology from a dance mat. Sounds were triggered when people sat down, the full effect could be heard if multiple people sat down together, reclaiming the bench as a social space.
Ripples on the surface awarded Special Merit Award by lightspacetime, and shown at 59 Paintings.
Moderna Art, London Wall A series of paintings incorporating children’s toy diggers and trucks to explore our relationship to the environment and how we mark the earth’s surface.
Nesting Instinct at InTransit festival, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hackney WickED, then donated to a children’s charity A walk-in birdhouse with bird’s nest and soundscape bringing the rural environment to a noisy polluted urban space underneath a major road network.
Access Denied at Facade, Open Wall project curated by Blair Zaye in partnership with Moderna Art
Eavesdropping at Walton-on-the-Naze, sculpture trail funded by Essex County Council
Eavesdropping and The Paths We Tread, Sound UK’s rural sculptures tour ‘Playing the Field’. Two installations designed for outdoors incorporating motion sensors to trigger audio recordings collected from rural environments to explore land ownership and attempts to control how Nature is defined.
Music in the Shape of a Cube at Reuse Aloud, Basic FM, an interactive installation using Processing and PureData to produce live remix of a piece of music controlled by the audience’s body movements.
Winds of Resistance, London New Wind Festival (panelist and composer)
Vision Sound Music Festival at Southbank Centre (composer)
Glimmer International Film Festival (sound for visuals)
Hull’s Institute of Creativity and Innovation (sound for visuals)
Fresh Air Sound at Middleton Hall performed by RNCM’s Principal and clarinettist Linda Merrick