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MA Digital Arts Degree Show

Monday, September 21st, 2020

MA Digital Arts, School of Design

Note: Due COVID 19 measures public access to this exhibition is restricted. See post (below) for further details.

The School of Design is pleased to announce the MA Degree Show for students graduating from the MA Digital Arts.  The exhibition is the culmination of 12 months of study where each postgraduate student has developed their practice exploring a wide variety of personal interests. Experimentation, technical skills and individual styles come together to form a diverse body of contemporary artworks ranging from video installations created using game engines to digital photography produced using microscopic cameras.    

Housed within the University’s Stockwell Street building, MA Digital Arts students are given the opportunity to utilize world-class facilities and are taught by academic staff and professional visiting artists within the field of Digital Arts.  Students are encouraged to experiment across a wide variety of media to help develop an appreciation of alternative approaches while honing specialised skills in their chosen area.   

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the physical exhibition is only open to visitors who have access to Stockwell Street Building.  Social distancing and PPE measures must be observed.  In order to provide wider access the exhibition, an online version will be made available to the general public.

Artists’ Statements:

Paul Rajbansh: With my work I try to engage the viewer emotionally and pensively, the experience should be thought provoking enough that you are left with a profound look at the universe you reside in.  It’s easy to get lost and forget you’re spinning on a rock in space. My goal is to try and get people to understand that we are finite beings in the Cosmos, not just parasites on a rock. 

Iulian Dumitrache: When it comes to my practice, I am interested in the immersive experiences that the digital realm has to offer. For this, I chose a gaming engine (Unreal Engine) as a space where I can experiment with digital scans (photogrammetry) and tackle the idea of abject beauty. 


Universal Crepitation

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

In association with the 2020 Greenwich Sound/Image Festival, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery is hosting an exhibition of audio-visual works, spanning a wide range of practices, including theatre, video, dance, music, and installation art.

Running from 10 November through 18 December 2020, Universal Crepitation explores sound as a granular ever-present entity.

Universal: in that no part can be excluded from causality (unless godlike and nonexistent).  
Crepitation: a crackle, a rattling of parts rubbing together.  

We habitually try to trace a sound back to its source, to identify and label it, but what we find here are just shifting points of contact. In an exhibition that incorporates different voices and modalities — the sonic, the spoken, the written and the staged – artists bring their singular approaches together through collaborative practice. The accumulation of multiple sound/image works in one space has the potential to generate a cacophonous noise – or the possibility for new unities to emerge from these points of crackling contact. 

Intuitively it could be possible to sense that white noise contains multiplicity, just as this exhibition may contain undulations that speak of distinct temporalities and lifespans that animate and invigorate; a complex pulse that generates new worlds, emergent narratives and landscapes. The relationship between sound and the emergence of music has two distinct trajectories, the narrative/linear and the ambient/cyclical; time and space. Universal Crepitation explores the dynamic tension between these two tendencies or aspects of the sonic. 

Features Ole Hagen, Oscar Nearly, and Mhairi Vari, working  in collaboration with  Hannah James-Scott,  Hannah  Jowett, and Rhea T-W.

This exhibition is part of the Greenwich Sound/Image Festival. Below is the sound featured in the installation.

Mhairi Vari · Here it comes universal crepitation (edit, shortened)
Hannah Jowetti · Don’t Feed The Task Monkeys(edit, shortened)

Your Visit

Following the government lockdown this exhibition has been reconfigured so that it can be viewed and engaged with through the gallery window. Booking not necessary. Further information via the link below.

NOTE: The period of the exhibition has been extended until 18th December to allow opportunity for members of the public to visit it in the event that the current measures are lifted on 2 December. Any updates in access information will be posted here.

In the meantime, sounds and video from the exhibition, interviews with the artists and a 360° photograph of the installation can be found in the link below.

We gratefully acknowledge funding support from Royal Borough of Greenwich

Project Space Temporary Closure

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

The Project Space remains temporarily closed. We are working closely with the University Estates team towards its reopening, and will post developments on our social media platforms as these emerge..

Image: Rob Smith “Drift” (2017) – detail, underwater pinhole photograph exhibited in “Granular” Project Space Jan-Feb 2018

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In line with our current COVID19 measures, we have devised a new exhibition in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery that you can explore from the large windows facing the street, without needing to enter the building.

Have a question or planning a visit? Check out our contact details and location on the Find us page.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Art as Problematic Waste

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

(Finland/UK, Aimo Hyvärinen and David Chapman)

This 3-screen video triptych (24’.50”) with 4-channel surround sound visits the underexamined question of the material and cultural management of art in an era of overproduction and ecological crisis. Through interviews with artists, curators and critics in Finland and UK, a variety of issues such as curatorial selection, art storage, legacy management and potential disposal, are dealt with in relation to a variety of fine art practices. The Museums are filling-up and the curatorial question of what to keep and what to throw away is underpinned by the unknown differential, the inevitable and fluctuating discrepancy between an artwork’s cultural and market values.

The subject dealt with by the work, is one that largely goes without consideration. In many ways, the destruction and disposal of art is a taboo subject. Cultural understandings clash with a harder economic reality of arts potential asset value and management of its material presence. Revisiting the friction between the use value and exchange value of art, Art as Problematic Waste asks: how may the art world recalibrate as it moves further into the era of overproduction?

About the filmmakers

David Chapman is a documentary filmmaker, media artist and researcher with a particular interest in sound and image interaction based in London. He creates video and multichannel sound pieces for both gallery and site-specific exhibitions.

Aimo Hyvärinen is a Tampere-based media artist, photographer and documentary filmmaker working on art concerning culture-oriented issues. Hyvärinen has been making exhibitions, films and installations since 1979 in Finland and abroad.

The Project is dedicated to the memory of Otso KantokorpiLeena Luostarinen and ErkkiPapu Pirtola.

Opening Event

Friday 6th March, 6 – 8 pm.

The installation will be on in the Project Space until 29th March.

Screenings start on the hour. Durartion: 25min

Read More

Art as Problematic Waste website

Art as Problematic Waste Facebook page