☼ Sam Skinner
♖︎ Torque 2
☁︎ The New Observatory
☜︎ Torque 1
✄︎ Brighton Greenway
☯︎ The Grundy
✌︎ Branch Lines
♘︎ Thamesmead Festival 2015
♥︎ Algorithmic Condition
Syndrome, Liverpool (2014-15)
Video documentation, website content, participation & engagement co-ordination, and occasional printed matter for Syndrome arts lab and events programme led by Nathan Jones, exploring interaction and affect in new media performance.
Supported by Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts.
Collaborators included: Caroline Bergval, Holly Herndon, Lawrence Lek, Rosa Menkman, Ross Sutherland and TCF.
Screen-printed posters, flyers and invitation for The Happy Jug - finale performance of Syndrome.
Syndrome was preceded by Electronic Voice Phenomena in 2012, a performance, research and exchange programme between Berlin and UK based artists, exploring interface between voice and new technology. Co-produced in collaboration with Nathan Jones and Mercy.
Performance event at FEED, Berlin and
Think Tank workshop at Liverpool Biennial 2012.
Documentary material and recorded interviews with artists including Erik Bünger, Alessandra Eramo, Karl Heinz Jeron, Karl Holmqvist, Martin Howse, and Steffi Weismann.
Supported by British Council International Development Fund.
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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