Although their work is diverse in its themes, the copying, twisting reproduction and re-appropriation of the image is central to all their artistic practices. Through the acceleration and deterioration of the physical printed image, the four artists will make use of the space as a residency and studio from November 2017 - January 2018, coming to the space to discuss, collaborate and produce as a way of expanding their practices individually and also collectively.
The residency will be open to the public on Sun 17 December, from 12-6pm
On 17 Dec, at 4pm there will be an open discussion with En Liang Khong, assistant digital editor at Frieze. This will be moderated by Ying Tan and will include all four artists.
On 17 Dec, at 5pm there will be an Open rehearsal / performance in the studio space. Ben McDonnell will present the development of a largely improvised piece of music based on resonant frequencies of 4 instruments and the studio space itself. Rather than a complete performance, an open rehearsal is a chance to join the musicians as they play together for the first time.
A finissage will conclude this residency on Fri 12 January 2018, from 6-8pm.
Victoria Fornieles uses her body as a tool, a camera and a mark making device. By combining camera based and camera-less techniques in the darkroom her work sets out to subtly subvert the characteristics of photography. She is also a School of the Damned alumni. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Cyprus School of Art in 2013 and was awarded a place on a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2016.
Joshua Phillips' work uses the photograph as a motif to investigate ideas and compose research, often taking an artefact or locating a historic position as a starting point to investigate the construction of cultural narratives associated with place. He has recently been nominated for PARALLEL European Photo Based Platform and will be exhibiting work and participating alongside cultural organizations as Procur.arte, Kaunas Photography Gallery and Organ Vida.
Ben McDonnell's background as a musician informs his visual practice, using photography, installation and sound to create a cyclical relationship between sound, silence and the still image. He has exhibited and performed widely in the U.K., Europe and Asia, including Paris Photo in 2016. He is also an associate lecturer in art and photography at the universities of Salford and Huddersfield.
Nemo Nonnenmacher is a german visual artist who uses photography, digital sculpture and installation to explore how contemporary technologies affect our cultural identity. He has had exhibitions throughout the UK, Germany and Italy, including the Schleuse Opelvillen in Rüsselsheim, Germany in 2017 and at the Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, Italy in 2016. From 2012 to 2017 he has been a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.