Artists’ Talks Sophie Clements │ Simon Schäfer │ Santiago Ortega │ Helen Turner22. Mar - 22. Mar 12 / ended Forman's Smokehouse Gallery
Of this Event, I cannot foresee the end. - video art and site-specific installation
The exhibition Of this Event, I cannot foresee the end. brings together artists who work with performance, staged experiments and site-specific installation that allow for an open end as well as chance and failure to play part.
They appropriate approaches from scientists in order to gain insights, accumulate data or choose their observational vantage point. The featured works share the element of suspense, surprise and humour. By defining a framework wherein a staged event or observed action can take place, the artists test the boundaries of our earthly existence, everyday life, patterns of social behaviour and virtual reality.
The artist Sophie Clements will discuss her video work How We Fall in relation to chance and control in her staged experiments with elementary means. Simon Schäfer will discuss his sculptural experiments with found objects and his approach of de-/re-construction. The artists Santiago Ortega and Helen Turner will discuss their site-specific installations that deal with the context of the Olympics. The work Watermarks, a collaboration between Ortega and Anais Tondeur, offers a glance on a hidden reality. Complete Satisfaction by Helen Turner plays with our illusions and the aspect of failure.
Sophie Clements (UK, London-based)
Sophie Clements is a visual artist, working specifically in relation to sound and music. She lives and works in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Art Communication department in 2005.
Clements’ work explores the use of video as a form of sculpture. She uses devices including sculptural installation and video projection to deconstruct and re-assemble time and material to question the notion of physical reality in relation to time and memory. Taking inspiration from ideas in science and experimental music, Clements manipulates time to create highly constructed objects that grow from their surroundings, producing collages that rely on chance interactions and discourse between the concrete ‘real’ and the constructed ‘unreal’.
Simon Schäfer (D, London-based)
Simon Schäfer studied Sculpture and Media Art at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach, Germany and Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. He has exhibited widely across Europe including “Serpentine New Music Action” in association with The Serpentine Gallery. He lives and works in London.
Santiago Ortega, (EC, London-based)
Santiago Ortega’s work as a designer often takes into account creating new experiences around perception, communication and interaction. This is achieved by introducing elements of surprise and playfulness into the interactions. Most recently, his installations also present a mix of physicality and digital technology through the use of interactive software. His designs involve working with materials such as wood and metals, and digital tools either for early prototypes or finished pieces themselves.
Santiago Ortega studied mechanical engineering at INSA de Lyon, France (2009) and a Masters in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art, London (2011). His practice includes exhibitions and projects in London, Paris, Quito, Lodz and Cieszyn.
Anais Tondeur (FR, Paris/London-based)
Anaïs Tondeur studied at Central Saint Martin’s School (2008) and a Masters in Mixed Media at the Royal College of Art (2010), London. Her practice has included exhibitions and residencies in Paris, London, Detroit, Germany and the Netherlands. She lives and works between Paris and London.
Playing with the techniques of the observer, Anaïs Tondeur looks for shift in the viewer’s perception of the real and explores the role of sensorial experiences in an encounter with an object of knowledge. She develops narrative structures that are considered as means to fictionalize the real in order to reflect upon it.
Helen Turner (UK, London-based)
Born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in Brussels, Belgium Helen Turner studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and The Cooper Union, New York, before recently starting an MA in Psychosocial studies at Birkbeck College, London. Turner has exhibited internationally with notable solo shows in Stuttgart and London. Her work is predominantly performative and site specific, frequently demonstrating processes of an amateur scientific/technical nature, which illustrate a sense of futility and pointlessness. Turner often investigates transitory spaces, failures, illusions and inconsequential actions, which inherently parody the behavioural society we live in.
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