☼ Sam Skinner
♖︎ Torque 2
☁︎ The New Observatory
☜︎ Torque 1
✄︎ Brighton Greenway
☯︎ The Grundy
♘︎ Thamesmead Festival 2015
♥︎ Algorithmic Condition
⚘︎ Moorings Underpass
✌︎ Branch Lines
Coordination of Thamesmead Arts Festival, 2015 - a week of learning and events with over 2000 visitors taking place at The Link, Crossness Pumping Station, and across Thamesmead, produced in collaboration with the festival steering committee.
Including performances, screenings, exhibitions, and workshops, with: Seprewa, Oliver Coates, Entelechy Arts, The Architecture Foundation, Brick Box, Global Fusion, The Albany, Travis Hodges, Ida Barr, Emergency Exit Arts, and Rose Bruford College.
Photography by Travis Hodges.
Funded by Peabody Trust.
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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