☼ Sam Skinner
♖︎ Torque 2
☁︎ The New Observatory
☜︎ Torque 1
✄︎ Brighton Greenway
☯︎ The Grundy
♘︎ Thamesmead Festival 2015
♥︎ Algorithmic Condition
⚘︎ Moorings Underpass
✌︎ Branch Lines
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 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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