☼ Sam Skinner
♖︎ Torque 2
☁︎ The New Observatory
☜︎ Torque 1
✄︎ Brighton Greenway
☯︎ The Grundy
✌︎ Branch Lines
♘︎ Thamesmead Festival 2015
♥︎ Algorithmic Condition
Produced in collaboration with Nathan Jones.
Symposium at FACT exploring how and what we read today, with Katherine Hayles, Garrett Stewart, Esther Leslie, Nina Power, Soenke Zehle, Alex Leff, Stephen fortune and Hannah Proctor. Videos available on Artplayer.tv
Performance event at Static Gallery with Tim Etchells, Anna Barham and James Wilkes.
Newspaper ‘book sprint’ event at
Tate Liverpool – producing the Opticon newspaper on surveillance and privacy with contributions from over 100 gallery visitors, 10 poets and talks by artist Erica Scourti and professor of social media Christian Fuchs. 5000 copies printed and distributed across Liverpool.
Exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery, London, entitled being being read being reading being read and reading beings comprising an archive of the project to date, work by Tim Etchells, Anna Barham and James Wilkes, and new works by Jones and Skinner comprising screen prints, animations and interactive speed reading software. Accompanying performance programme with Tim Etchells, Alex McClean, Mez Breeze and Claire Potter.
Publication Torque #2 The Act of Reading – with contributions from all project participants. Designed by Mark Simmonds.
Development of project
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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