Whilst researching my current practice I'm currently reading Nele Wynants - When in fact fiction. Documentary art in the post truth era. So far, so good! "Fiction can open up the world, clarify it, but also question it. Or offer a different perspective. in addition, fiction hints at a wide range of possibilities. it allows us to think up and imagine other realities, explore new perspectives on the future, or represent something that is hard or even impossible to represent otherwise"Read More
Before I delve too deep into the ideas of the future, I think it might be fitting to establish a foundation based on my previous work. It is often the case that new work will build on previous existing work, so hopefully by sharing these my new work will hopefully be more readable and make sense! An installation of some photographic work and a conceptual colourfield video projection at Argentea Gallery in Birmingham. A test image from my set up of the Graduate Residency exhibition Riotous Assembly at Artcore at the start of 2020 - again looking at video transmission and colour, this time with CCTV. A large collaged photographic piece that I was testing. Here I was interested in the idea of an image as a backdrop in a theatrical performance. The intrigue that I was thinking about was that the image portrayed was in fact the fiction itself, so my hope was that the work would become self-referential. This is something I will be exploring more in this residency! Another installation image from Riotous Assembly from early 2020. This is a good summary image for my practice in the sense that it combines photography, installation, sculpture, light, video and mirrors. Mirrors are also something that I will be considering in a lot more depth during this journey! Read More
Currently soaking up the brilliance of conceptual artist Susan Hiller - Her art practice included , installation, video, photography, performance and writing. Hiller is renowned for making works which investigate often overlooked everyday phenomena. Hiller's work sheds light on her preoccupation with collecting and representing cultural signs and artefacts, often relating to dreams, visions and the unconscious. So Good! Susan Hiller: Recall - Selected Works 1969-2004. Susan Hiller, Homage to Marcel Duchamp: Auras. 2008.Read More
Just thought it would be nice for me to share some of the literary influences for my work! Joan Fontcuberta - Pandora's Camera Nele Wynants (ed) - When Fact Is Fiction, Documentary Art in the Post-Truth Era - Thanks to Kelly, the second artist in residence at Artcore!Read More
Hi Everybody! Its Kelly here, I'm one of the artists in residence for - Present Tense, Future Perfect? This week is the beginning of the residency and I have spent the last couple of days going over my current body of work that you can view here http://areyouthere.uk. I am using this work as a springboard to develop something new during my time in this residency. My current practice explores a collaboration between photography and clairvoyance to uncover information about my estranged and deceased father. Using the insights of clairvoyants and then translating it with photography to construct a narrative around my father, a story that would otherwise cease to exist. The drive behind making this work stems from a feeling of a lack of control within my historical narrative and landscape. I see that this element that pops up within my work also has a connection to the global pandemic and how we might experience it psychologically. Where the majority of us are struggling with unpredictable change; a flux of confusing information which leads to insecurity on what our future (short and longterm) might look like. I'll leave you with one of my photographs which I keep coming back to at the moment as a departure for developing work -Read More
Kelly O'Brien. Inaccessible memories of an immaterial man, 2020.
Hi, My name is Tom and I am one of the new artists in residence at Artcore. For this residency I want to think about the way that we may, in a not too distant future inhabit another planet. Mars in particular. I have drawn some similarities recently; the COVID pandemic has been affecting the world for 9 months thus far, and it would take a manned mission 9 months to journey to Mars with our current propulsion systems. For both of these, stepping out into a new world is pertinent. I do wonder however, how much our idea of living on a foreign planet is influenced by cinema - almost 100% I would imagine. With it being topical for many decades; 2001:A Space Odyssey up to The Martian and beyond. I would also consider how any images we see are able to influence our perspective or imagination, to illustrate this point I would like to share a video of the recent fires and orange skies across the Western coast of America. Bare in mind that the theme music in this video is from the sci-fi classic 'BladeRunner', and how our imagination of Mars, a dystopian future, and existing representations in cinema can influence our thought processes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71C94bXWieIRead More