Briefly, describe your art practice? Through my practice I’m concerned with trying to understand the relationship I have with new digital technologies, and the global networks that I both contribute to and am exploited by. All of this originates from a struggle I find to locate myself in terms of existing in both reality but also this virtual space that is increasingly super-imposing my experience of reality.
What inspires you to make art work? I’m really inspired by simply just trying to make sense of the amount of information that we are all taking in every day now that we are so connected, and how exactly that is shifting our perceptions and attitudes towards our environments and also each other.
Explain the basis of your art project for The Bonkers Contemporary Show For Bonkers Contemporary I am making a video piece entitled Between Both Eyes, a piece that attempts to understand how software and cameras visualise or form a perception of a person. It originates from being interested in how cameras now play an active role in the image creation process. It’s no longer simply a situation of someone setting up a camera and taking a photograph anymore; cameras are embedded with a vast amount of software that actively impacts the visual outcome of imagery. As an artist, I find that incredibly interesting and also slightly uncomfortable, and wonder if we are now being trained to perceive things more as the technology around us perceives objects, environments and people. .
Who are your role models artistically? I probably have three big artistic role models; Hito Steyerl is both an incredible writer and artist, everything she does really makes me question how society is being rapidly changed and shaped by technology. The author Haruki Murakami has always made me think about the poeticism and surrealism that exists in very mundane situations, simply by observing it more intently. Finally, the musician Shlohmo for me creates these perfectly textured songs that really describe what it feels like to live in our current moment – a great deal of my ideas have been formed while listening to his music.
What do you think is your most AMAZING achievement in art today? I’m based in Aberdeen, and over the past year the creative community here has been really working hard to start thinking seriously about how to shape the future of the city. Taking part in those conversations is really very exciting and intensely inspiring, so for me being able to engage and actively seek to potentially change the context of Aberdeen has been my greatest achievement so far in my practice.
Describe your art in 5 words. Fragmented, Analytical, Flat, Post-Era, Global