☼ Sam Skinner
♖︎ Torque 2
☁︎ The New Observatory
☜︎ Torque 1
✄︎ Brighton Greenway
☯︎ The Grundy
✌︎ Branch Lines
♘︎ Thamesmead Festival 2015
♥︎ Algorithmic Condition
Type Motion @ FACT, Liverpool. 13 November 2014 – 8 February 2015. The publication Torque #1 was presented in three formats – printed, digital, and speed reading – utilising bespoke manufacturing processes, from coding and bookbinding, to artisan woodwork and print-on-demand cushions – inviting the reader to discursively explore the texts, their mediums of transmission, and the act of reading.
The publication documents the first iteration of the Torque project, which comprised a programme of research, undertaken in partnership with FACT, that explored the twisting together of language, mind and technology, across symposia, workshops and performance.
The installation’s three-fold and three-dimensional presentation of the publication seeks to articulate some of the diverging feelings evoked by reading in its various forms, as well as questioning the state of modern publishing, and how and what we read today.
Book designed by
Charles Holden & Co-published by Link Editions, Brescia, and Torque Editions, Liverpool/London. Ebook version available to download free
Chair and shelves crafted by Sebastian Cox in English ash (designed in collaboration with Sam Skinner)
Speed reading app coded by Tom Schofield & speed reading typeface and wall drawing by Sam Skinner. Available to
download free (Pin: 5743)
Hard copy printed by
Lulu, exhibition copy bound by Collis, Bird & Withey, London
Print-on-demand cushions designed by Nathan Jones and printed at
LSPrints, Keighley, West Yorkshire
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'm currently a research associate at
FACT, Liverpool, where I have been investigating the history of the old Liverpool Observatory. Some of 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.
I live and work in Thamesmead, South East London, where I recently collaborated with
TACO! to develop RTM, a new community radio station in the area. I've produced a number of projects with Peabody locally, including a culture guide, arts participation survey, and arts festivals in 2015 and 2016.
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.
I'm currently developing a number publishing and public realm art projects, and researching modes of collective organising, in particular the cooperative movement and the history of commoning. I'm into co-co-co-co-llaboration!
I have a BA (LJMU) and MA (Sussex) in Art History.
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