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By: Ryan Hughes
In 1986, the year before I was born, Hannes Leopoldseder wrote Ten Indications of an Emerging Computer Culture; in this text she highlighted ways in which computers were about to change society.
They now have.
My work tends to be participatory or preformative and to encourage this I engage with minimal aesthetics as I feel that the minimal can provide an easily accessible framework for the interactions I have discussed.
# 24 [25 January 2012]
Been working on a few things...
Cardall Collection wise I've finished work on the introductory publication and will be printing and sending them out as soon as poss! I've now started research into people of southam; I've been particularly looking at Henry Lilley Smith, who seemed to be the most pro-active person! He opened an eye and ear hospital, and dispensery, was an early member of what is now The British Medical Association, founded an allotment for boys aged 8 to 14 and supplied them with reading materials and organised an annual village maypole and fete!
Lombard Method wise I have ordered Prints (the file of which is way too large to upload on this blog!) I have also been working with some neon which I've not done before but am quite pleased with! I've also been working on a performance for the residency which is going well and I am about to start recruiting actors for this!!! Seems as I'm not posting images of the print I'll keep everything else as a surprise as well! You can view the work at the open studio event (http://www.facebook.com/events/163475480427879/)
I've updated my website www.ryanhughesprojects.net
Been working on A-Board. Sending out loads of proposals.
Also revisited some photos I made with Flowlosopha and have decided on a new way of showing them that creates a multi-dimentional imagined space through altered-perception and techno culture.
# 23 [19 January 2012]
Again I can't really remember what was in my last post but I'm fairly certain I had started both my my residencies so I'm going to talk about what I've been up to this week...
Monday I was working at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum as I was the previous monday... the works on paper that were on display needed rotating with others from the collection to help preserve them; this took the full day. I highly recommend popping in and seeing the new pieces which are up (inc. really nice Keith Coventry work)!!!
Tuesday was spent doing prep. for wednesdays visit to Southam's Cardall Collection and writing text for The Lombard Method's mail-out, i also did some drawing later in the day (see photos).
Wednesday I began collecting togeather all the fragments of communication from my time at The Lombard Method so far in relation to the diagram drawing of yesterday after I had been to Southams Cardall Collection and spent a few hours with the collection looking mostly at early publications and pamphlets; later I started work on my own pamphlet as an introduction to the project based on the design of the ones I saw in the collection (see photos) I have just finished this now. My pamphlet will be being sent out en-mass after some editing (if you would like to receive one please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Today I have mostly been working on my pamphlet and a digital version of the diagram for The Lombard Method and have been viewing A LOT of stock video that I may use to create the heterotopia I'm sure I mentioned in my last post, I think the video I had been making was too recognisable simply because I was making it as opposed to finding it! Stock video really is 'other' (not mine but mine, clearly this world but I don't have a clue where, made for production but of what, etc...).
This finding of video also reflects my show We've been Re-distributed at ARTicle Gallery (of which theres now some nice documentation of at http://www.articlegallery.org/).
I also sent off my submission for Bloomberg New Contempories 2012.
Thats about it this week... I'm going to try and start blogging much more regually agin... keep your eyes peeled!
# 22 [11 January 2012]
The past 7 days has seen the start of two residencies!
One is a month in duration at The Lombard Method in Birmingham. During this residency I am exploring how you can experience a specific space from a distance; taking all contact and dialogue with studio holders as points in an expanding network of information... this may become a printed diagram of some description...
I am also thinking about the development of heterotopias (other places) and the relationship between production and leisure in a given space. This seems to be taking the form of video projection onto blinds (see working drawing and video attached). I'm using blinds as a border of a space and as a refrence to screens, the videos are still and focus on objects so that these objects begin to occupy the heterotopia. I haven't just used photographs (or other actual 'images') so that when light changes in the footage you begin to get the sense of the heterotopia as an 'actual' space. the work explores the idea that A technological universe where virtual space substitutes itself for real space. Screens mediate this substitution. Meaning Liam Gillick pp.173.
The other residency is one year in duration and is with Southam's Cardall Collection, a heritage centre in rural warwickshire. The residency is titled Exploring Local History through New Media I will be producing work after an extensive period of research but will be making publications and possably hosting events during the year as well! The first publication looks set to be a project introduction and press release but there will be more information on this soon... Another relevent quote from Meaning Liam Gillick (pp.178) in relation to this project: Time can now be thought of as a knot in which past, present and future merge, not by the mere fact of temporal retroactions, but by the emergance of a transhistorical community.
I'm increasingly being asked to describe my work and have been making notes towards a new artist statement, so far I have:
My practice takes elements of aesthetic minimilism, social media, web 2.0 and global communication, psudeo-architecture and techno culture and rearranges them into a new kind of hetrotopic, political space in which the audiance become users
More on all of this soon, hopefully the next post will have more photos and some video...
# 21 [15 December 2011]
I submitted work to Mis-IN-Formation in Bath although it wasn't the work I said I was going to submit in yesterdays post. I decided upon what's going to happen with my A-Board... the (very) short statement I sent off with my submission read as follows:
The work has a series of images and fragments of text spray mounted onto the front side of it each day; they create a layered, physical and printed view of the nonsense and occasionally important moments that people have invested time in online. This process provides changing views of time-based (un-)important information. The other side of the work acts as an advertisement for my practice using a QR Code linked to my website (www.ryanhughesprojects.net).
Whilst hunting around online for the best place to get die-cut vinyl made up I considered using stencils and painstakingly cut a stencil for the QR Code that links to my website. I then painted it and tested it to find it doesn't work. Looks nice though.
More Die-cut vinyl shopping. I'll keep you informed on the submission!
# 20 [14 December 2011]
I've had a few days off from work at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum and have taken the oppertunity to work on making an A-Board (see attached photo)... its still not finished, It needs the chains trimming and a lot of sanding yet, but I'm quite pleased so far...
I've not decided what its going to display but have decided that one side is going to have a link to my website (www.ryanhughesprojects.net) and probably a QR Code link to the same site as well... I think I'm going to get some die-cut vinyl made for these!
The other side will end up being process based I think, it'll either be a space that I curate and invite others to show things in or my be used as a space where I layer printed fragments of internet things maybe... I'm not sure yet.
I found myself woundering why I had made this object without really knowing what I was intending to do with it and I realised that it is potientally the same as a platform like facebook (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547524741&ref=tn_tnmn) or twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/ryanhughes2) it is a very public method of information distribution and is a really versitile object... More info on whats happening with this when there is some!
In unrelated news I have submitted We've been Re-Distributed to the Woolgather Art Prize 2012... and am intending on submitting Private Property (www.ryan-hughes.co.uk) to Mis-IN-formation in Bath.
Dates for my residencies with The Lombard Method and Southam's Cardall Collection are being discussed now and both look set to begin in Jan 2012... I think the one at Southam's Cardall Collection will have its own blog made as it is a year long residency, however my time at/with (it might be fairly virtual) The Lombard Method will feature on this blog... again more info when there is some!!!
# 19 [7 December 2011]
My show We've been Re-Distributed at ARTicle Gallery in Birmingham City University has been open for a week now! I'm really pleased with how the show came togeather and it sounds like it has been well attended so far! I was ment to deliver an artist talk there yesterday but train delays ment that that had to be cancelled... However I was going to open with a quoat from Hitchhikers Guide to the Gallexy which I think is a good descriptor or maybe point of entry for understanding my practice, the quoat is as follows:
Cave paintings lead to more sophisticated works, lead to books, first with pictures, then without. Back to pictures with television. Onwards to 3-D experencies and finally interactive, multi-sensory, holographic constructs. Better than the real thing.
I also received an email from Southams Cardall Collection this morning saying that my residency proposal has been accepted and I will be starting my year long residency with them on the 11th of Jan... really excited about that! The project/residency is titled Exploring Local History through New Media. It is currently a working title and I'm not massively pleased with the words new media... I think I would have perfered digital participatory culture... but its not a problem.
More on this residency will appear on this blog over the next year!
I have also began considering a few other things...
I'm thinking about a piece of video which takes found internet footage from the london riots and presents that alongside scenes from sci-fi animations and movies (I'm thinking Akeria and Blade Runner at the moment)... this will explore the effects technology has had and will/can have on society and its political ideas and actions.
I'm also begining to think about what I can do for http://www.warwickshireartsweek.co.uk/... I'm sure I can organise some event!!!
# 18 [5 December 2011]
Lots going on. Will post details soon. Very busy.
In the mean time have a watch of this in relation to my show We've been Re-Distributed @ ARTicle Gallery in Birmingham.
# 17 [27 November 2011]
I can't remember what was going on when I last posted so I'm just going to start talking from a few days ago!
Been really hectic at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum doing the de-stall of LabCraft with the Craft Council and starting on the install of Duggins: A Warwickshire Impressionist but there has been so much happening there I can't even begin to fit it all in to this blog post!
Second Star to the Right @ TROVE has also opened (on Wednesday) and it looks really good. Marking the Internet and the Physical 2.0 was installed very nicely in my absence - I wouldn't have made the brick plinths for the folders but I do feel they work well and really tie the work into the physicality of the Old Science Museum location! Other personal highlights in the show include an amazing performance from Richard Peel, some very time intensive drawing from Ben Davenport, and some nice print based stuff from Dan Sailsbury and Matt Webb...
Tomorrow I start installing We've been Re-Distributed @ ARTicle Gallery so today see's hectic packing of work, burning of disc's. booking of transport, etc....
on that note i should get on with everything.
# 16 [17 November 2011]
As www.ryan-hughes.co.uk is currently disabled as a piece of work titled Private Property I thought I'd finally do something with the www.ryanhughesprojects.net domain I brought a while ago and did nothing with...
SO... www.ryanhughesprojects.net is live! it has a current CV, some images and video of work (I'll be adding more this evening), my dissertation is on there (i will also be adding the essay I'm currently writing once its finished) and there is a link page which goes off to organisations I have somesort of connection to! This evening I'll also be adding what will be a newly written artist statement...
# 15 [15 November 2011]
Flyers for Second Star to the Right at TROVE are in Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum as well as Gallery 150. The CD-R's of Untitled #1 (from an ongoing collaboration) are also in Gallery 150 and are free to collect until they run out!
I'm really looking forward to making some new work in the new year! The first thing I'll be spending any real amount of time will be on the install of firewall. I'll be submitting it to CoExist's ON SITE 2012 as well as the submission that is pending with B-Side Multi Media Festival.
I'm also determined to find a studio so that I can make work / play around regually! There are a few options in regard to this... still being in the process of moving I'm hoping to find somewhere to live with either a spare room or garage. Other options include viewing an open plan space in a complex in leamington spa and continuing to hunt around birmingham! I'm going to take my time in residence @ The Lombard Method as a chance to reflect on what I actually require from a space! Although determined to find one I'm not sure I actually NEED one!
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