Archive for July, 2016

Walter Hugo & Zoniel’s Spectra and highlights of the 2016 Liverpool Biennial

The 2016 Liverpool Biennial is under way, and features an interactive installation by Sedition artists Walter Hugo and Zoniel. The Biennial, which has been running since 2009, is the largest festival of its kind in the UK and presents diverse public artworks in traditional and non-traditional art spaces across the city. The festival provides a platform for local and international artists as well as supporting the careers of emerging artists.

This year’s Liverpool Biennial runs from 9 July until 16 October 2016; some of the prominent locations in which to the discover the Biennale include Cains Brewery and Tate Liverpool. At Open Eye Gallery on Liverpool’s Waterfront, Walter Hugo and Zoniel present a large scale installation piece titled Spectra on the facade of the gallery.

The installation began as an interactive public work over the weekend of 8-10 July; during this time people of all ages were invited to catapult paint-filled balloons at the external wall of the gallery. The colours used were given to participants based on their responses to questions about their relationship to art and to the space. The resulting layers and sequences of colour can be read as a kind of encoding of the artistic interests of Biennial visitors.

SPECTRA by Walter Hugo and Zoniel

SPECTRA by Walter Hugo and Zoniel


Spectra follows on from Walter Hugo and Zoniel’s installation work The Physical Possibility Of Inspiring Imagination In The Mind Of Somebody Living, which was presented at the 2014 Liverpool Biennial. For this work, the artists filled a derelict building with jellyfish and opened the space to visitors every evening at sundown. Digital editions derived from the work are also available as digital editions on the Sedition curated platform. Explore the Echoes of Toki collection here.


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Echoes of Toki #1 by Walter Hugo and Zoniel


Alongside the installation by Walter Hugo and Zoniel, Open Eye Gallery has hosted a number of events and exhibitions during the Biennial. Between 6 and 11 July Ben McDonnell was among artists presenting work in Telling Tales at 46-41 Duke Street. The exhibition, which explored the recreation of experience through diverse media including sculpture, photography and sound, was presented by Open Eye as part of the Liverpool Biennial Fringe programme. McDonnell’s work was among those presented by RCA, Subject Matter and Sedition at The Campaign in March.

Other artists to look out for at the Liverpool Biennale include Ian Cheng, whose installation Emissary Forks for You at Cain’s Brewery takes the form of a guided exhibition tour led by a small virtual dog, Susan Treister’s HFT The Gardener at Liverpool John Moore University and Oliver Laric’s 3D scans (and associated data) of statues from the Walker Art Gallery.

There is also plenty to explore at the Biennial for those interested in the intersection of art and the digital. FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Liverpool are running a series of workshops introducing young people to electronics, co-design techniques and programming. FACT plays host to a panel discussion on the permanence and material cultural significance of data on 14 September; panelists include Jussi Parikka and Hannah Redler. As part of MakeFest 2016 FACT will be travelling to Manchester to present current maker projects (including an appearance from the Robot Orchestra) at the Museum of Science and Industry on 20 and 21 August.Curator-led guided tours of Cains Brewery, Open Eye Gallery and other venues are interspersed throughout the festival, while on 22 September the Another Version Of Events moving image programme presents Circuit Breakers, a series of film and video works made with new technologies.

Liverpool Biennial 2016 takes place at venues throughout Liverpool until 16 October 2016.

Spectra by Walter Hugo and Zoniel is presented at Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1BP until 16 October 2016.

Sedition Artists Nominated For The 2016 Lumen Prize


SIGNALS by Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva

Five artists and artist groups whose work is featured on the Sedition platform have been selected for the longlist of the 2016 Lumen Prize. The list for the Prize, which celebrates art made using digital rendering and production techniques, was chosen from over 550 entered works.

The Lumen Prize aims to promote digital art on a global stage, creating new conversations and opportunities for artists working with digital media. To be eligible for entry, works must have been developed using digital techniques; this includes – but is not limited to – sound, animation, moving image, gaming technology and applications.

The longlist of nominees include four artists whose work is also presented as digital editions on Sedition. Listed for the Moving Image Award is SIGNALS by Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva; the SIGNALS project is available on Sedition as a collection of digital editions. German art and design collective Onformative have been nominated for the 3D/Sculpture Award for their installation Anima-iki, while Carla GannisSelfie Drawings Book project has been selected in the Mixed Reality category. Claire Reika Wright’s piece Turmoil, accompanied by a soundtrack by composer Louise Utterson, has been selected for the moving image award.

A further addition to the longlist is one of the latest artists to join Sedition’s curated platform. Mike Pelletier, whose work Time Of Flight was recently launched as a digital edition, was selected for his motion capture animation work Performance Capture Part Two.

The Lumen Prize longlist was announced on 13 July at the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Conference in London. The shortlist will be selected by a jury including Senior Curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Douglas Dodds, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Shanghai Curator, WeiWei Wang and award-winning filmmaker, Michael Fukushima. The public are also invited to choose their favourite work from the longlist in the People’s Choice Award vote, which opens on 10 August. The works which can be nominated for the People’s Choice Award can be viewed on the Lumen Prize Online Gallery.

The shortlist of artists will be announced in September, before the overall winners are announced on 29 September at the Lumen Winners’ Gala at Hackney House, London. The work of the shortlisted artists will then be presented in the fifth global Lumen Prize exhibition tour, which this year will visit Shanghai, New York City, London, Leeds and Caerphilly.

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Shezad Dawood Presents Screening Of ‘Towards The Possible Film’

Shezad Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film

Shezad Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film


This summer Sedition is pleased to present a series of events at Shoreditch and Soho House in London. For the second in the series, acclaimed artist Shezad Dawood presents a screening of Towards The Possible Film at Soho House. The screening is followed by a conversation between the artist and Oliver Basciano, Editor at Art Review, and an audience Q&A.  

Towards The Possible Film is a 20-minute video work made in 2014. It presents the story of two new arrivals in a desolate, rocky land. The visitors, who appear to come from another world and atmosphere entirely, make headway into the landscape, eventually meeting those who already live there. Dawood’s use of framing and narrative structures creates a dissonant work; the work could be taking place on Earth or on another planet, in the past or in the future. The work’s nuanced depiction of interaction brings together themes of colonisation, isolation and the relationship between people and environment.

Dawood will discuss his practice with Oliver Basciano, an art critic and writer who has worked at Art Review since 2009. Now the International Editor for Art Review, Basciano also writes for The Guardian and Spike Art Quarterly.

Sedition’s Art In The Digital Age series is a programme of events focusing on the way digital media is shaping the art market in various ways. The programme looks at the influence of the digital on art collecting, art making and art sales. By looking at the present art market, the series seeks to also consider what is likely to happen in the art world in future years.

The screening takes place on Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 6:45pm at Soho House, 76 Dean St, London, W1D 3SQ. Free entry, limited capacity.

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View artworks by Shezad Dawood on Sedition