On Thursday 28 September, Modern Art Oxford welcomed speakers and guests to discuss the life and work of influential artist Rose Finn-Kelcey.
Considered the ultimate artist’s artist, this event brought together leading artists, curators and writers Peter Liversidge, Mia Taylor, Jo Stockham, Hermione Wiltshire and Catherine Elwes, who were influenced by and worked with Finn-Kelcey, to examine her legacy in detail.
Matthew Stuttard, one of the research contributors to Aleksandra Mir’s Space Tapestry (on display at Modern Art Oxford 24 June – 12 November, 2017), hosted a talk on 29 June. Here you can watch him discussing the current and future uses of Space on Earth, highlighting aspects of beauty arising from Space phenomena and technologies.
As part of Platform 2017, an annual award designed to nurture new artistic talent, artist Laura Nicholson is hosting a live streaming of their work CONSTANTLY TERRIFIED.
“In CONSTANTLY TERRIFIED I am exploring the relationship between the embodied self and the performative artist identity. This stream runs from 12-1 and 3-4 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and allows you to watch me produce myself and my work over the course of the exhibition. This is my invitation for you to become my witness, and to consume and validate my practiced honesty.” – Laura Nicholson
During the exhibition Laura will be selling comics and prints of their work in the Modern Art Oxford shop.
CONSTANTLY TERRIFIED is on 19 July – 6 August 2017.
On Wednesday 24 May, as part of Modern Art Oxford’s Future Knowledge exhibition, designer and artist Lucy Kimbell hosted a practical workshop in collaboration with the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
This Data Studio explored and materialised models and data about environmental change. It also raised questions about how models are constructed, translated, mediated and engaged with, and the publics, audiences and users involved.
Future Knowledge Studio: Young people’s filmmaking residency
As part of the exhibition Future Knowledge a group of young filmmakers aged 11-14, all new to the art of filmmaking, considered the past, present and future of Oxford. Embracing a shared sense of inquisitiveness, play and humour they captured their own visual stories of the city that they call home.
The group took up residence within the gallery, transforming the space into their own film studio from which they could explore central Oxford to investigate its people and places while collecting footage. The resulting films depict the diversity of the city and a variety of perspectives held on it. A playful montage reimagines a tourist’s eye view with reference to Oxford’s main sights and ghostly history, a thought provoking thriller questions stereotypes and trust in our communities and a short interview sequence offers an insight into the perception of Oxford and its future from the viewpoints of visitors, students and locals.
The videos made during the residency are below:
The participants gained knowledge both in the art of filmmaking and in the complexities and curiosities of their locality:
‘When I was watching movies I didn’t realise how they did a birds eye view or a worms eye view, I just watched it and thought it was normal, now I know its harder to do!’ – Participant
‘I like how the vicar was saying you can pretty much be yourself in Oxford and the ice cream man was saying about a class division and I thought that was a really important message actually…’ – Participant
‘I think Oxford kind of stands still in time, like the architecture and how people view it’ – Participant
It was interesting working with young people who have grown up around Oxford and seeing how they interpreted their knowledge and experience of it through film. – Artists, Moira and Yasmin
Thanks go to filmmakers Moira Lam, Yasmin Falahat and Samuel Herklots for facilitating Future Knowledge Studio.
Re-Visit: In Conversation – Kazem Hakimi & James Attlee
On Thursday 1 June 2017, photographer Kazem Hakimi and author and journalist, James Attlee were in public conversation at Modern Art Oxford. The talk was part of a series to accompany Kazem Hakimi’s exhibition, Portraits from a Chip Shop, held at Modern Art Oxford from 2 May — 2 July 2017.
In this talk, Hakimi reveals his influences, early inspirations and the processes behind his practice. James Attlee lives in Oxford and is the author of Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey.