I got interested in video by picking up a camera and shooting. I realised video was an art form when I saw Bill Viola's Nantes Tryptych at the Whitechapel Gallery. I could not have imagined that anyone could use video to create something so personal yet so universal. As I see it evolving, my work is about layering, about exploring deep time, about an archaeology of practice. I mean both digging out layers of meaning, and placing or constructing layers - - layering video tracks, montage and collage, creating objects from layers of material. I am interested in the artistic, social and cultural issues surrounding the "reclamation" of public space through art. I am concerned with how the city becomes a zone of experimentation and perspective shift, encouraging the artist and the audience to see the landscape and objects within it in a new way. Questions about time, impermanence, memory, artifice and locality arise, providing raw materials for the artist and points of access for the audience. For me history is not so much about facts as about perceptions of the world around us, and a sense that we belong to something that has existed before we did. That is why these forgotten places hold such resonance for me. I think that interest in working site-specifically within disused or misused urban spaces reflects a sense of rootlessness and a dislocation shared by the community at large. Landscapes and cityscapes change constantly. Our orientation is dislocated, and we feel we have no control over it. I have been using both video and installation art as a way of engaging with these issues. The space I inhabit inspires, defines and in some cases creates the work. In each case, I have been concerned with the experience of being in those spaces, in the inter-relationship of the past and present, imprints of history and current activity, the physical feel and texture of the space and with bringing those experiences out to the public. My objective as an artist is to create a strong impression, to make the audience think about where they are, to reintegrate the lost fragmented forgotten place back into their consciousness.
Biography: EXHIBITIONS "Reconcilable Differences" ArtLives Group Show, Jersey Galleries, London. 2003. 'DADA Festival 2003' Sihlpapierfabrik, Zurich, Switzerland. 2003. LoungeLab at 'BackUp Festival' E-Werk Weimar 2002. Kunstfabrik at 'Helden der Arbeit' Berlin 2002. Video and Performance Series, Spider and Mouse gallery, Moscow, 2002 "link*age," Vancouver New Music Festival, 2002 "Other than English," Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, Canada 2002 DEBOSHIR Film Festival, St Petersburg. 2001. http://www.drunkenboat.com Summer-Autumn 2001 edition "Dialogues" International Festival of Art, St Petersburg, Russia 2001 ART MOSCOW, Central House of Artists, Moscow Art Fair 2001 "Mystique", DNA Gallery, Stockholm Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden. 2001 "Attalaki - City Without Frontiers" Atelier des artistes et ecrivains, Alexandria Egypt. 2001 view "Present Perfect" Centre for Contemporary Art, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 2000 III International Festival of Experimental and Live Art, St Petersburg, Russia 2000 "Floodplain of Time" video and photography- Spider and Mouse Gallery, Moscow 2000 "Floodplain of Time" landart intervention project -Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 2000 "The Thames-Oka Project" - The Tactical and the Foundry, London 2000 Collaboration between Luna Nera and Dirizhable. Colosseum V - the House of Detention (The Clerkenwell Festival) 1999 Colosseum IV - the Foundry, London 1998 The Whitechapel Open - Colosseum III 1998 Colosseum II - The Colosseum Theatre, London 1997 European Short Film Festival, Lux Cinema1997 Colosseum I - The Colosseum Theatre, London 1997 Blue/Blu - The Millinery Works, London 1997 Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London 1997 21st Century Fix - 148 Charing Cross Road - London 1997 21st Century Fix - The Global Cafe - London 1996 BA,MA, MFA
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