Interact'18

Friday 7th - Friday 21st December 2018

Lightbox Gallery, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE

Opening Event - 7th December 2018

Exhibition - 7th - 21st December 2018

1. James Chantry

3. Sean Clark - Four Circles

Sean Clark is an artist, researcher and technologist with an interest in systems theory and connected digital art. The work on display in this exhibition is a print taken from the digital work Haze which contains four interacting images composed of concentric circles that exchange colours as they "breath" inward and outward. Sean is a Visiting Research Fellow at De Montfort University and an International Professor at GuangDong University of Technology. He is also the founding director of web/app company Cuttlefish Multimedia Ltd and digital arts company Interact Digital Arts Ltd. In 2016 he was the co-winner of the Lumen Prize for 3D/Sculpture in London and the inaugural ArtCHI Award in San Jose, California.

www.seanclark.me.uk

Digital Print: Four Circles (2017)

5. Ernest Edmonds

7. Anoushka Goodwin

9. Leila Houston

Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place and the impact we have on our environments. Houston uses site and object-specific installations to explore connections between the external atmosphere and the internal sensation within places, providing reflections on the language of architecture and the associations we draw through memory and the senses.

Houston is a multidisciplinary artist, working predominantly with video, sound and structure, much of her artwork cultivates immersive atmospheres for the spectator, often inviting them to take part or contribute to the work.

Using the age old music box, Houston has reappropriated it to explore conflicting emotions of pain and protection, comfort and fear, familiarity and the unknown.

The work is at the end of a 6 month project, kindly supported by Arts Council England. Shown as part of City Festival at Newarke Houses (2018) the work since, has gone on to develop and change. Originally looking at the Jack and box has led her to investigate the history of music boxes and the first influential technologies going back to clocks that chime and our desire to measure time by day and night.

Houston has contrasted recorded sounds with the rhyme 'Pop Goes the Weasel', which dates back to the 1700s and originates in cockney rhyming slang (weasel and stoat for 'coat') for the poor at the time pawning their coat for money in hard times.

Water is a recurrent theme in her work, perhaps a symbol of creativity and emotion depicting the conflicting feelings of excitement and dread.

11. Yi Ji

YI JI is an associate professor in school of art and design, Guangdong university of technology, he is an interaction design, digital artist and curator. In 2014, he was nominated by the Hong Kong Dragon Foundation to be 100 young Chinese leaders. In recent years, a total of eight papers have been published, among which seven are published in international academic conferences. Research results and design works are exhibited around the world (Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing), and workshops are held at several academic conferences and art exhibitions. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) member, member of the Australian Interactive Design Association, members of the Singapore Computer Information Association, the user experience design association will have (UXPA, the United States), Chairman of 2017 Chinese CHI, Chairman of 2016 Australia HCI exhibition.

Digital Print: Smart Chinese Digital Culture (2017)

13. Ashokkumar Mistry - Through Other Eyes

Since graduating in fine art at DeMontfort University in 1996, Ashokkumar Mistry has worked across visual arts, moving image, writing and performance. His work consists of a multifarious mix of both physical and digital media.

However, more importantly, his central discourse deals with how we as human beings make sense of the world around us and the dichotomous nature of humanity. This extrospective focus comes from his experience of being different in one way or another and looking for the seams of his reality to gain an understanding of the outside world that sits in contrast to him.

'Through Other Eyes' is part of a body of work titled 'Half life', exhibited at A-Glow Space in Taiwan as part of 2018 NEXT ART TAINAN. The artwork consists of a series of twenty-five algorithmically manipulated photographs taken of the artist across the course of his life by other people. The nature/nurture debate is explored, by dissecting the convention of the portrait to understand the relationships between the images and the person at different stages of ones life.

2. Andrew Johnston

4. Thierry Miquel

Thierry Miquel's paintings are instinctive with paint colour dictated by emotion. There is very little use of a sketch book, instead he prefers to work directly onto board with layer upon layer of paint to build up textures. The process of constructing and deconstructing the painted surface allows the finished painting to emerge.

Through exploring perspectives to reveal the hidden, Thierry might use fine abrasives or use a jigsaw to rip paintings apart to make things happen. Through successive cycles of control and freedom every possibility is permissible.

Rather than using text to convey meaning Thierry explores the text itself: A word in isolation being given the space to assert itself, free of the constraints of context. Thierry Miquel studied furniture design at Loughborough College of Art & Design and has worked on many private commissions.

Thierry's work has featured in The Sunday Telegraph for his figurative furniture designs. Thierry is based in Loughborough and works from his attic studio.

6. Joe Moran

8. Fabrizio Poltronieri

10. Paul Rudman

12. Alice Tuppen-Corps

14. East Meets West

15. CAS50