Archive of 2016
Sun, 01 Jan 2017
At this time of the year I always try to make some time to review the past 12 months and update my online archive. This archive has materials documenting over 20 yeas of my creative activities. While there are plenty of gaps, it's not a bad digital record of a creative career that began just before the invention of the World Wide Web.
Many of this year's activities have involved developments in my artwork and my curated exhibitions. Some of the highlights are listed below:
April/May saw the ArtCHI exhibition in San Jose, CA in which I exhibited two works - one in collaboration with Ernest Edmonds and the other with Esther Rolinson. The Esther Rolinson piece, titled "Flown", won the exhibition prize. See pictures from the exhibition here on Flickr.
In June I curated an exhibition of artwork related to the anarcho-punk band Crass. What started as an exhibition of my own collection of around 20 artworks ended up featuring almost 40 works, plus two live events featuring ex-Crass members Penny Rimbaud, Eve Libertine and Steve Ignorant. This was an amazing experience and I met some great people on the way. The project is documented on The Art of Crass website.
August's big event was Microworld Leicester with Genetic Moo. This was a one-week digital making event hosted by WotSPACE in the Highcross Shopping Centre consisting of workshops and an end-of-week live digital arts event. Support came from Leicester City Council and Arts Council England. Pictures can be found on Flickr and the project webpage. There is also a blog post.
At the end of September at a ceremony in Hackney. London Esther Rolinson and I found out that we had won the Lumen Prize for 3D/Sculpture. This led to the first exhibition in the Lumen Tour, at Caerphilly Castle in November. A blog post about the Lumen award can be found here, together with pictures from the Caerphilly Castle exhibition here on Flickr.
The year ended in December with my Arts Council supported exhibition "A Cybernetic Ecology". This represented the culmination of many years of work and involved a three week exhibition of my new artwork, a live event and a workshop. I'm still in the process of writing this work up, but documentation can be found on the exhibition webpage and there are pictures on Flickr.
There were plenty of other activities too, most are either recorded in my blog or through picture albums on Flickr. On Flickr there is also an album of 100 pictures that capture my activities in 2016.
Fingers crossed that the coming year brings just as many interesting things.