Research and Creative Practice at the intersection of art and science by Becky Lyon

NEWS

 
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SEPTEMBER 2018 | COLLABORATION | CREATIVE LAB AT ARCADE EAST

This September I’ll be taking part in Creative Lab at Arcade East, an off-shoot project of London College of Fashion / Fashion Space Gallery fostering collaboration across disciplines. Creative Technologists + Fashion Designers + East London Dance Company + me (ever the anomaly!). Through a week-long immersion, I’m hoping to bring to life some of my nascent thoughts around the speculative body and artificial life forms. I hope that means sensors, Kinect interaction, connectivity and other physical computing practices. You can see what happened at last year’s programme here:


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AUGUST 2018 | RESIDENCY | LUMEN, ATINA, ITALY

I am currently in a tiny village 3 hours from Rome where, alongside 20 other artists I’ll be researching and creating work over the next two weeks. Set in the mountains with wonderful dark skies, I’ll be developing a body of work centred around the ‘stuff’ of life. What are the relationships between the matter that makes ‘us’ and the environment that surrounds us - the atmosphere, the night sky, geology, living things? I’ll be exploring moving image, (simple!) animation, visual experimentation and sound…hopefully. The work will result in an exhibition in Atina on the 16th August, an exhibition in January 2018 and a zine. More info coming soon!   

 

 


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JUNE 2018 | RESIDENCY | THE EXTENDED MIND - PRIVATE VIEW

As part of my Residency at THECUBE Shoreditch, I have participated in an ongoing exhibition entitled ‘The Extended Mind’.

Is our experience of nature a production of the senses, mediated in the mind? This was the provocation and starting point of SENSING NATURE <> SENSED NATURE, a series of relief prints exploring the concept of nature forming via the mind. Using screen printing as the lead technique, I have allowed the natural variations, ‘happy accidents’ and imperfections of the medium to guide the creative process and serve as a visual metaphor for the variances, interpretations and infinite realities of one subject matter. The subject matter in question is an imagined landscape - itself an in/fallible entity - and appears in multiple variations across the studies. 


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MAY 2018 | EXHIBITION | THE SINGULARITY NOW

This May, I was delighted to be selected to exhibit in the annual Athens Digital Art Festival, this year themed The Singularity. I was selected in the moving image category and exhibited “Machine Meditation Study #2” one of a series of ongoing studies exploring - What might a ‘meditative’ experience look like for future mixed-matter organisms? Check out the Video Art Programme on the website below and find out more about the piece on my Projects page. 


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JUNE 2018 | RESIDENCY | JOYA: ART + ECOLOGIA, SPAIN

This summer, I took part in an MA Art and Science experiment, a week long research residency at Joya Arte + Ecologia, an international residency for artists and writers. For seven days 10 of us inhabited a stunning converted farmhouse in the middle of nowhere in Almeria, southern Spain.

We all submitted proposals for the residency within the realms of ecology, natural systems, astronomy, sustainable living. As with all residencies, you sign up with an intent, but the sited experience will often direct you elsewhere. I had anticipated some kind of sensory survey of the landscape, but got swept away with…..walking as a creative practice. A blog is scheduled for publishing on the MA Art and Science website soon, and our initial findings will form an exhibition in early 2019. For now, check out JOYA here:


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JUNE 2018 / PROGRAMMING / LONDON LASER LABS: LIMINAL BODIES

London LASER returns for the second instalment of London LASER Labs. The second of three sessions, LL25 Lab #2 delves into ‘Liminal Bodies’ exploring the intersection of the body and technology, ideas of the cyborg and speculative future narratives. Throughout the course of the evening we’ll traverse Body as Im/material, Body as Interface, Body as Conceptual Space, Body as Place.

Part 1 Liminal Bodies Playlab: join us for a workshop exploring the technical processes and philosophical implications of the liminal body with Bento Bioworks; Part 2 Liminal Bodies Talks: join us for stimulating talks with Tobias Revel, Silvia Casini and Stephen Oram.


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MAY 2018 / RESIDENCY / THE EXTENDED MIND @ THECUBE, LONDON

I am one of 5 MA Art and Science artists-in-residence at THECUBE London, exploring the theme of the extended mind. On Monday 21st May, 7pm - 8.30pm, I am hosting a roundtable discussion exploring: Is our experience of nature a production of the senses, mediated in the mind?. 

Does the sensing mind create the environment + does the sensed environment create cognition? Does nature exist as multiple, even infinite realities interpreted by the interlocutor? Or are there pre-determined, absolute forms that exist completely detached from the body?

Together with Ersin Han Ersin (artist and co-creative director at visionary practice Marshmallow Laser Feast);  Karl Sainz Martinez (Hack the Senses, PhD researcher at the University of Reading); Nadjib Achaibou (Crossmodalism member, multi-sensory performer and scent experimentalist) and Valerie Mace, (Design for Branded Spaces lecturer and researcher, LCC), this topic will be explored through the lens of our sensory experience. We’ll be investigating how far sensory input goes to computing our world and what roles our varying modalities play. We will explore if our senses can be manipulated to create new interpretations of the environment and ask – if we could sense future environments would it change our attitudes/ behaviours to it now?


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MAY 2018 | EXHIBITION | COSMIC PERSPECTIVES

Excited to be co-producing and exhibiting in this brilliant exhibition with Lumen Studios. Cosmic Perspectives explores the fragility and monumental importance of life on Earth from the darkness of Space via 50 interdisciplinary artists. Throughout the weekend programme, Lumen aim to create a new conversation around climate change, and the overall damage and destruction we are causing to our environments. The exhibition will aim to inspire a change of thinking through highlighting the precarious nature of life, the fragility and monumental importance of life on Earth from the darkness of space, how concepts such as the Overview Effect alter collective perception of ecology, and the extraordinary set of circumstances that allow us to exist, in an otherwise, possibly, lifeless universe. 

PV Friday 25 May 6pm-9pm, Exhibition 26 - 27 May 11am - 6pm, Ugly Duck 47-49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PM


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APRIL 2018 / PROGRAMMING / LONDON LASER LABS: VIRTUAL IMAGINARIES

I'm privileged to be co-programmer of London LASER Labs, alongside fellow Postgraduate Researcher Lois Bentley, with support from London LASER Chair, Heather Barnett. Throughout 2018 London LASER is operating as London LASER Labs - a three-part student-led takeover, exploring themes at the intersection of art and science through evenings of interactivity, talks and discussion.

Join us Thursday 26th April for London LASER LL24 Lab #1 exploring ‘Virtual Imaginaries’ - an expansive theme exploring the neurological, psychological and social implications of immersive technologies and the creative possibilities for interactive imaginary. Divided into two parts, the Playlab: 5.00pm - 6.30pm invites you to get hands on with ‘virtual’ experiences in broad and surprising forms from Bushra Burge, Olga Suchanova, Mutator VR and Nye Thompson. Between 7.00pm - 9.00pm join us for stimulating talks by interdisciplinary luminaries in the field including Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice, Prof William Latham and Adam Kampf.