☼ Sam Skinner
♖︎ Torque 2
☁︎ The New Observatory
☜︎ Torque 1
✄︎ Brighton Greenway
☯︎ The Grundy
♘︎ Thamesmead Festival 2015
♥︎ Algorithmic Condition
⚘︎ Moorings Underpass
✌︎ Branch Lines
Between 2006 and 2010 I produced a number hand-drawn animations for music videos for bands including The Coral and The Go! Team. This shifted to more esoteric work with sound artists between 2011 - 2015, and some of those later experiments are presented here.
Rotate- Video combining hand-drawn and digital animations, live action and found footage in response to themes of 'torque' and 'torsion'. Original score (cello and electronics) by Oliver Coates. Presented at Rich Mix with a live performance by Oliver Coates and as video installation at Furtherfield Gallery in 2015.
Bruchstüch - Short animation sketch with sound by Ben Morris – produced as part of EVP Think-Tank session, Liverpool Biennial 2012.
Shadow Fountain - Animation produced in collaboration with poet Nathan Jones. Presented at Camaradefest October 2013 @ Richmix, London – programmed by SJ Fowler.
Anaemic Cinema 2.0 - Hand-drawn animations and photos from V&A, The British Museum, London, Tesco, Evening Standard, and the South Downs for Threshold Festival, Liverpool, 2013.
I'm an artist and curator – my practice is focused on relations between technology, media, and community. I employ a range of processes from historical research to printmaking, curation to mural making, publishing to workshops.
I recently relocated to Oxford where I'm working on a number of new projects including: exploring relations between the senses and books for a forthcoming exhibition at the Bodleian Library; researching the long term impact of social distancing and how the arts may be used as part of a restorative process; and evolving my practice through and toward engagement in horticultural and commoning practices, via work on an organic farm, an allotment, and development of a new project space that brings art and horticulture together.
Torque, an experimental digital literacy and publishing project. Our most recent book was Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain produced in collaboration with Furtherfield. I was co-chair of Working Group 1 of the COST Action on New Materialism, between 2014-18, and co-edited the project almanac, which I'm developing for the new Matter journal, based at the University of Barcelona. My most recent paper entitled 'Community' co-written with mirko nikolić was published in Philosophy Today. I was research associate at Kingston School of Art for the Algorithmic Condition project, and have taught at Ravensbourne and Lancaster Universities.
In 2019 I completed a PhD based between Manchester School of Art and
FACT, Liverpool, which investigated the history of the old Liverpool Observatory. My research translated into a group exhibition entitled The New Observatory at FACT, co-curated with Hannah Redler of the Open Data Institute, and an artist book, Obs, published by Broken Dimanche.
I previously lived and worked in Thamesmead, South East London, where I collaborated with
TACO! to develop RTM, a new community radio station in the area. I also produced a number of projects with Peabody locally, including a culture guide, arts participation survey, arts festivals in 2015 and 2016, and a tile and lighting installation with The Grantchester Pottery and Light Follows Behaviour.
I have a BA (LJMU) and MA (Sussex) in Art History.
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