The ARKA Group is a collaboration between Ben Jeans Houghton and Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, producing films, sculptures and sound works about the stranger fringes of scientific and philosophical thought. The ARKA Group collaborate with distinctive individuals from various disciplines and institutions relevant to the subject of each new work. Recent projects have consisted of interactive installations that dismantle cinematic ideas and methodologies, replacing moving image with audio narratives and sculptural forms that employ the viewer's imagination as the producer of the visual component of the work. For Invites they will investigate the 'edgelands' of cities, bringing together sculptural forms made from found materials with elements of sound and performance.
The ARKA Group have exhibited throughout the UK, creating new works to commission for a variety of organisations including Space in Between, Whitstable Bienniale, IdeasTap, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, MIND and Cornerhouse. Recent exhibitions include (REM) Paradoxical Sleep, commissioned by BALTIC as part of the exhibition series FIGURE ONE at Baltic 39 and screenings of their films The Ocelli and EXTRAMISSION as part of the Art Projects Film Programme at London Art Fair 2014.
Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau (b. 1985) lives and works in London. He is currently an associate at Open School East. Ben Jeans Houghton (b. 1984) lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne where he is currently studying on a MFA Scholarship at Newcastle University with AHRC Research funding..