SCEMFA is a research group at the Slade School of Fine Art. SCEMFA opened in 1995 and for the past 15 years has provided the opportunity for leading artists to focus on research into Electronic Media and Fine Art, contributing to debate on a national and international level for events, exhibitions, broadcasts, collaborations and online.
Data Soliloquies is a book about the extraordinary cultural fluidity of scientific data. A wide array of graphs, charts, computer models and other forms of visual advocacy have become inescapable fixtures of public science presentations, though they are often treated as if they were neutral ‘found objects’ rather than elaborate narrative constructions containing high levels of statistical uncertainty. Through a mix of essays and artworks, this witty and engaging book — the result of a collaboration between Richard Hamblyn and Martin John Callanan during their terms as writer and artist in residence at the UCL Environment Institute — examines the theatricality of scientific data display, while critiquing some of the poorly designed statistical wallpaper that surrounds so much public science debate.
If you happen to be in Berlin over the next month please drop by and see the researchers in their luxury pod.
As a sculpture, Mobile Research Station no.1 is a curious hybrid – half hi-tech Antarctic Research Station / half rusty-broken-dumpster. Using a standard building-waste container as its basis, the station nevertheless forms a luxurious designer-pod provided for an eccentric set of researchers. Rather than researching the frozen wastes of Antarctica or the moons of Saturn, the invited artist/researchers have begun their research into the wilderness and urban zones of uncertainty that still lie at the centre of Berlin.
The invited researchers are: Martin John Callanan (London), Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson (Manchester/Berlin), Tim Knowles (London), Annika Lundgren (Gothenburg/Berlin), Katie Paterson (London), Esther Polak (Amsterdam)
Initial research can be seen on the Research Station Blog
Or, one of the researchers themselves can be found daily at the station anytime from now till the sept 20th.
Vince Dziekan – Researcher in Residence Open Studio
Wednesday 23rd April 2-5pm
Slade Research Centre Woburn Square, Ground Floor
Vince Dziekan is holding an Open Studio on the afternoon of 23rd April to mark the end of his research residency at the Slade. He has been working on a research project focussing on curatorial design and the implications of the digital on how exhibitions are mediated.
He will welcome visitors for informal discussion throughout the afternoon.
Vince is Senior Lecturer in Digital Imaging and Deputy Head Multimedia & Digital Arts at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), where he is an artist/curator/writer whose practice encompasses photography, new media and curatorial projects including the recent REMOTE exhibition http://www.remoteexhibition.com/.
SCEMFA is delighted to welcome Vince Dziekan as researcher in residence until early May 2008. Vince is Senior Lecturer in Digital Imaging and Deputy Head Multimedia & Digital Arts at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), where he is an artist/curator/writer whose practice encompasses photography, new media and curatorial projects including the recent REMOTE exhibition http://www.remoteexhibition.com/.
He is currently working on a research project that focuses on curatorial design and the implications of the digital on how exhibitions are mediated. This investigation broaches the broader issue of the relationship of art to its institutionalized spaces and forms part of his PhD research project “Without Walls: Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition”.