☼ Sam Skinner
♖︎ Torque 2
☁︎ The New Observatory
☜︎ Torque 1
✄︎ Brighton Greenway
☯︎ The Grundy
✌︎ Branch Lines
♘︎ Thamesmead Festival 2015
♥︎ Algorithmic Condition
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 (funded by ACE); and evolving my practice through and toward engagement in horticultural and commoning practices, currently via work on an organic farm, an allotment, and community garden
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.
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, which I 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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