ALEXANDER BURGESS (UK)
Working primarily with photography, and the notion of deconstructing virtual spaces, Alexander Burgess’ practice explores the relationship between the role that photography takes in understanding the virtual worlds manufactured by autonomous systems. His works appropriate small fragments of these digital surfaces, mainly automated digital mapping, through screenshots and screen capturing, and examine the shift of medium from photographic, to the inevitable fabrication of the surface through processes of averaging, cloning and repetition.
Since graduating from Camberwell College of Art, in 2014, Alexander lives and works in London exhibiting in various group shows including Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed at The Photographers’ Gallery, and The Open West, along with showing, constructing and curating solo shows. In 2015 he completed the LIFE BOAT residency forming the basis of his current practice. Fotopub presents the first time that Alexander has exhibited outside of the UK.
BILLY CROSBY (UK)
Billy was born in 1992 in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. He studied Film and TV Foundation Diploma at London College of Communication and BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting at Camberwell College of Arts and graduated with First Class Honours in 2016. During his studies he participated in an exchange programme at Purchase College SUNY in New York. He has been selected for the Hans Brinker Painting Prize, the Marmite Prize for Painting and has won The Vanguard Court Studio Award and the Landmark Plc Fine Art Prize. He has organised and participated in group shows, notably - Circumbendibus, The Stood Gallery, New York. Bins, Cycle PS, London. Home is Where You Park, Chelsea SU Gallery, London. Run Forest Run, The Kennington Residency, London.
DAVID FATHI (FR)
David is a French photographer, born in 1985, lives and works in Paris. After completing a Master's degree in Mathematics & Computer Science, David Fathi starts an artistic research in photography side-by-side with his career in engineering. This double practice can be perceived in his photographic work as an intense passion for science and the limits of knowledge. Anecdotal, a series about the seemingly fictional, but absolutely true, stories around nuclear testing has been exhibited in festivals in France, England, Ireland and Portugal. It also received the special mention for the prestigious Prix Levallois. The compilation of these strange anecdotes has been published in book form by Maria Inc. in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Arles' Best Book award.
ESTHER HOVERS (NL)
Esther recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague (NL). In her work she investigates how power, politics, and control are exercised through urban planning and the use of public space. In 2015 she was the winner of the European Startpoint prize.
GIACOMO RAFFAELLI (IT)
Giacomo is an Italian artist and researcher. His practice operates an examination of the more peripheral and anthropological aspects of scientific research. Raffaelli’s works are based on the deconstruction of both documentary footage and archival materials, through the use of green screen and 3D scanning technologies. The final outcomes take the form of video installations and films questioning the relationship of images with matter and the value of photographic indexicality within the digital realm. A dialogical approach is also crucial to his practice, through texts and performative lectures exploring the production of unexpected knowledge in cross-disciplinary contexts.
GREAME ARNFIELD (UK)
Graeme is an artist living in London, raised in Cheshire. His work explores issues of communication, spectatorship and history and has been presented at Courtisane Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, LUX, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Aesthetica Film Festival, Manchester Cornerhouse and on Vdrome. He graduated with a Masters in Experimental Cinema at Kingston University.
JACK WEST (UK)
Jack is a recent graduate of the MFA Sculpture program at Slade School of Fine Art. His work exists between the physical space of the studio, and a parallel virtual world of computer rendered images. In his practice, Jack discusses an alienation of labourer from his labour, with ‘the machine’ being a recurring interest and motif. These concepts entail extended investigations into objects and materiality, wherein virtual perfection juxtaposes the inherent flaws in a material that allow us to understand the object as one of metal, wood or stone. Jack was awarded the Beers Contemporary Art Award for emerging artists in 2012, and will be included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 at the ICA this summer.
JUAN DE PORRAS-ISLA (ES/NL)
Juan graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, where he received the Academy Award, in 2015. His work explores the tensions between infrastructures, value and the conventions of moving and still imagery through the use of text, video and sculpture. Juan creates a universe that draws references from fashion, poetry, hardcore, children’s literature and digital artefacts. His outcome shifts between art exhibitions and written text. In recent months his work has been exhibited at Amsterdam Art Fair, La Casa Encendida in Madrid and UNFAIR Amsterdam, among others.
LAM POK YIN JEFF & CHONG NG (CN/UK)
Lam and Chong are artists living in Shanghai and Singapore, who work with sculptural objects, installations and performances, which deal with the ontological nature of the medium. Their practice is process-oriented, as they are interested in how narratives and meanings are generated in the making of the image. In their works, the photographic apparatus, the act and process of photographing, as well as the circulation of images are taken apart from within, through the creation of their own photographic devices and image-making methodologies. Obsolete technologies and everyday objects are reinvented, adapted and radicalised, and norms around photography are often taken to the extreme, until they start to fall apart, in order to provide alternative understandings of the medium beyond the picture plane.
LIGA SPUNDE (LV)
Liga is a recent graduate of the Visual Communications master’s program at Art Academy of Latvia. Her work is inspired and influenced by events, relationships and observations of the absurd and the uncanny which can be found in everyday life. It is the mundane situation that can be stripped back to subjective meaning, which is Liga’s artistic interest determined by her intervention. Her work involves a strong subjective re-telling of a story that invites audiences to question the quality of truth. Employing photography, video and installation to bring pieces of a story together, her practice deals with the mysterious distance between objectivity and subjectivity.
LITO KATTOU (GR/UK)
Lito is a graduate from Athens School of Fine Arts and currently attending the MA Sculpture program at the Royal College of Art, London. Kattou examines the back and forth relationship between writing and materiality. She develops bodies of works were notions of agency, networking,distance andproximity, attack and defence strategies speculate the ideas of the posthuman or the nonhuman underconditions of transformation and becoming. Potencies of materiality brought together, their volume and flatness capacity, their realisation into objects and their reconfigured ontologies are set in a constantdialectic with a conjunction to written speech and aural narrations. She has participated in: “The Equilibrists”, New Museum, NY in collaboration with DESTE Foundation, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, “Handsome, Young and Unemployed”, KOMPLOT, Brussels, Belgium, “A Natural Oasis” Viafarini DOCVA, Fabricca del Vapore, Milan, Italy.
MAJDA VIDAKOVIC (RS)
Majda graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague with the project Did you mean: anything else, for which the Google images search engine was presented as a kind of shelf with the images (as 3D printed objects) placed inside. Since then her Google obsession continued. All the primary colours she saw around her, she associated them with the blue-red-yellow-green Google logo. This inspired her to visualize the Google environment in an alternative way - as a painter's palette. In the follow-up project Did you mean: anything else - part II the search results come to life in a cocktail of primary colours and shapes. This designed environment brings up memories of our childhood and turns the project into a playground for everyone.
MATHELINE MARMY (CH)
Matheline was born in 1993 in Geneva, Switzerland. She studied Visual Communication / Photography at ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne) and graduated in 2016. During her studies, she participated in 2015 in an exchange programme at HFBK (Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg).She was nominated for the VFG Nachwuchsförderpreis in 2015 (Prize for young swiss photographers) and won the 3rd Elinchrom Prize. She co-founded Hangar 9 in Geneva, a platform for art and culture, and is a member of HALTE association of artists for cultural events in Geneva. Her work was exhibited in HFBK Jahresausstellung, Lèche-Vitrine n°1, Half-Time Ecal, The Embarrassment Show, Low-Res group exhibition, Elac Renens, and featured in Pirlo n°3.
noot.club is a collective formed by Andres Ayerbe (1990, Italy/Colombia) and Camille Leproust (1989, France). Together they work across different media in order to permeate various areas of contemporary culture, including technology, manufacturing and belief systems. The ritualistic value of art - and especially of producing art - are key concerns in their work. Therefore the learning and mastering of materials and techniques, both old and new, is central to their practice. This is driven by a desire to reaffirm their roles as producers rather than consumers; through research and fabrication an endless process takes shape, in which they glimpse their place as artists in contemporary society at large. noot.club have exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, Somerset House, V&A Digital Futures and more recently Mile End Pavilion.
OLIVER HICKMET (UK)
Oliver deals with the construction of mediated experience, by exploring the invented spaces we move through and the fantasies our minds inhabit around them. Through investigating the methods used to construct the identity of locations, his work interrogates the translation from place to picture. It is a call to question how things appear, how they are positioned and mediated via technology, and in what way such tools are reconfiguring our orientation and lived experience. Recent exhibitions include Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Hilbert Raum, Berlin (2016), Standing in the Shade, Mile End Pavilion, London (2016) and For You! I Would Do Anything, Tritongatan5, Gothenburg (2015).
SCOTT PATTINSON (UK)
Scott was born in Whitehaven, England. He spent a year studying BA(Hons) Photographic Arts at University of Westminster before transferring to UAL Camberwell College of Arts to complete his BA(Hons) Photography. In his work, Scott deals with technology in an intuitive way, coaxing new possibilities from the medium of photography. Over the past year, Scott has been involved in group shows in both China and Italy.
SZILVIA BOLLA (HU)
Szilvia is an artist living and working in Budapest, Hungary. She is a recent graduate from BA Fine Art Photography at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Since 2014, she has exhibited in Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom.Within her practice, she attempts to deconstruct both the digital and chemical nature of photography, driven by the curiosity to understand and critique the preconceptions and mistranslations of the photographic image, form and materiality.By creating installations consisting of darkroom prints, UV printed perspex, various plastics, photochemical waste materials and digital renderings, her work oscillates between image reproduction, human and mechanical error, constructed aesthetic systems and perception.
THE LIVE WILD COLLECTIVE (FR/RU/CA/UA/AM/LB/BE)
Born in August 2014, the LIVE WILD collective offers a unique visual proposition fuelled by seven young artists working with collage, gif and photography. Gathered by shared artistic longings and similar aesthetic tastes, this group thrives on each artist’s personal signature. Bringing six countries together, LIVE WILD also brings very eclectic yet complementary backgrounds in harmony. Members: Anna Hahutoff, Camille Leveque, Charlotte Fos, Ina Longuine, Lila Khosrovian, Lucie Khahoutian, Marguerite Horay.
Tilo&Toni was born in 1989 and 1981 in Heidelberg and Giessen, Germany. Living and working in Amsterdam, Siegen and Mönchengladbach. From 1998 to 2001 apprenticeship as a stonemason and started to study at University Siegen, Germany art and german in 2010. From 2015 until today studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, The Netherlands and teaching at secondary school in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Nominated for ‚gute aussichten‘, ‚plat(t)form winterthur‘ and selected for European Photography Award 2016. Art Award of the University Siegen 2012 and 2014. NRW-Scholarship 2012, 2013 and 2014. Fotopub Portfolio Prize Winner 2015. 2015 scholarship Erasmus and DAAD scholarship in 2016. Tilo&Toni exhibited his work in Kunstverein Malkasten Düsseldorf, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Kunstverein Siegen, Unseen 2016, Metronom Gallery, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Saar Gallery Saarbrücken, Gallery Reinard Giessen, KID KIBLA Gallery Maribor, Studio 47 and Punt WG Amsterdam. Work is featured in Near East Istanbul Magazine and online at YET Magazine and KubaParis.
TIZIANO DORIA (IT)
Tiziano was one of the recipient artist for LIVEstudio, Metronom residency programme in 2016. In this occasion, he took part to the bi-personal exhibition LIVEstudio#2_display. The previous year he partecipated in Lugano to the exhibition The grassohoper lies hreavy, curated by Regaida Comensoli in addition to Internet Drones curated by Kamilia Kard at Spazio Ultra in Udine, Italy. Among the workshop he has taken part, in 2013 Parlami di te at Museum of contemporary Photography in Cinisello Balsamo, Milan. His last projects are devoted to experiment the video frequencies and the variation obtained with a over/under exposure on the video shooting.