William Latham: Cauliflower Mutation


- Sourcing the In-visible’

VISUALISE Summer Exhibition 2012, curated by Bronac Ferran

Artists: Giselle Beiguelman/Mike Brick and Kip Gresham/heath bunting/Chris Draper/Ernest Edmonds/Bettina Furnee/Tom Hall/Eduardo Kac/William Latham/Liliane Lijn/London Fieldworks (with Steve Beard and Kaffe Matthews)/Gustav Metzger/Alex McLean/Alan Sutcliffe/, Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico.
VENUE: The Ruskin Gallery and Studios, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1
DIRECTIONS: Campus map HERE    Cambridge map HERE
DATES: Thurs 21st June – Thurs 12th July 2012.
OPENING TIMES: Open Tues – Fri,  2-6pm
PRIVATE VIEW (All Welcome): Thurs 21st June, 6.00 – 8.00pm
. Opening Talk: Professor Margaret Boden
. Performances at 7.00 pm  by Alex McLean and Tom Hall.


is the title of a new exhibition at Anglia Ruskin running until 12th July. It explores the dynamic, constructive and formal relationships which artworks contain within themselves: the visual language, codes and grammars which artists often invent, appropriate or borrow to make art work. Exposing the often unseen underlying interior typologies, this is an exhibition about form-finding, about the processes by which visual communication occurs or composition happens. It is also a play with identity and with artistic signature in a context of the generic, the generative and the collaborative. Artworks are counterpointed with diagrams and flow-charts, with texts and subtexts and organic machines. We see the possibility of luminous human machine interaction as well as the intuitive crafted work of the hand. We understand the production of form from the inside-out and the often slow morpho-genesis by which works emerge. The exhibition includes works from the last five decades including early examples of concrete poetry and relates these to the development of computer-based artworks. A collaboration with The Print Studio, Cambridge and Kip Gresham brings to us perfectly made screenprints accompanying magical texts. The mutable, protean, traversal routes which artists take through processes of ‘formation’ are exposed and revealed. We watch how analogue moves to digital and back to analogue again. At heart is the idea of liveness, of the containment of that which might be mutable and reflexive, of biological and computational processes of regeneration from system to system in poetic circuits of flow and interaction.

Turing, Masterman and Metzger

The exhibition is timed to open on the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth and also pays homage to the work of the Cambridge Language Research Unit from where Margaret Masterman and Robin McKinnon devised one of the world’s first Computer Poems (Computer based-Haiku) for the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition in 1968 at the ICA in London. 

A previously unpublished text by Gustav Metzger, founder of Auto-Destructive Art, who studied at Cambridge School of Art (now Anglia Ruskin) in the 1950s forms a highlight of this exhibition.

In the slipstream of this lineage Eduardo Kac shows in the studios a work-in-progress commissioned by Visualise’s Art and Technology strand which connects Bare Conductive’s bio-conductive ink, silk-screening, MBed circuits made by Cambridge company ARM and a sound score developed with Dr Rob Toulson of the Anglia Ruskin CoDE Research centre.  Also on rare display is one of Kac’s holopoems: Ad Huc was made in 1991 and is a lavish example of Kac’s work using holographic media; it is one of an edition of three (this rare showing is courtesy of the Jonathan Ross Studios in London.)

Ad Huc, holopoem (1991) Eduardo Kac

Eduardo Kac working on Lagoglyph Sound System in Anglia Ruskin Print Studio

William Latham

The bio-morphic and biological is also at the heart of the work of William Latham who began as an artist in the early 1980s at Ruskin College in Oxford and won a Henry Moore Scholarship to the Royal College of Art from where he moved to become one of the first UK fine artists to sustain an engagement with computers – the progression of his work from print to interdisciplinary bio-informatics research and from fine art to gaming is depicted here in the Ruskin Digital Gallery and studios.



Computer Art
Concrete poetry written by Ernest Edmonds (known for his minimalist, formally beautiful computer art work) from 1967 will be displayed as will diagrams and visual arts work from Alan Sutcliffe, founder of the Computer Arts Society and best known for his work as part of Electronic Music Studios with Cambridge resident, Peter Zinovieff.  Other contemporary works by artists in the show will demonstrate intensive working with embedded poetics, collaborative, aural and visual languages.


Visualise is delighted to be working with Kip Gresham of The Print Studio in Cambridge and artist Mike Brick for a special exhibition of ‘The Size of What I See’ an exhibition of paintings and prints which illustrate the poetry of Fernando Pessoa writing as Alberto Caeiro. Caeiro [one of the many inventions or heteronyms developed by Pessoa - each having separate personality and literary style]was a unique creation; a non-thinker, a believer in the redundancy of reasoning, and a proponent of the desire not to think, merely to look and see. The exhibition invites the viewer to approach the works using the Caeiro poems as a manual, or set of instructions as a key to any meaning that the work may hold.

Bettina Furnee, an artist living in Cambridge will also show a time lapse film work made in collaboration with Tim Sidell (2010)  which relates to the University Library site in Cambridge where Furnee staged an 8 week continuous word association game in 2008.  The website documents the project by way of a word associationindex with graphic display, links to data and a story written by Benjamin Morris using all displayed words.


Bettina Furnee from Powerhouse Library site

Live Coding
At the Opening Event on 21st June Alex McLean made a live coding work for the Ruskin Gallery venue. For a sample of Alex McLean’s work see:

Dr Tom Hall and Kevin Flanagan of Anglia Ruskin Music Department also performed at the opening with saxophone, laptop and projections.

The exhibition will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (as well as Friday 23rd June) from 2.00-5.00 pm

Poetry, Language, Code was conceived and curated by Bronac Ferran, Guest Curator, Visualise Programme.



Earlier posting:

VISUALISE”s summer 2012 exhibition will bring together two strands of the Visualise programme with new works and existing works at the intersections between visual text and written word, code and language, digital poetry and hybrid forms.  We are delighted to welcome renowned artists and poets including Eduardo Kac working with Dr Rob Toulson of Anglia Ruskin’s CoDE Research Centre and ARM MBed systems,  William Latham and Liliane Lijn who will also take part in the Institute of Astronomy  ‘Limits of Seeing’ event on the afternoon of 23rd June  and produce a very special Twitter game for the Games Artists Play strand of Visualise on 5th July.

Others who will contribute to the Poetry, Language, Code exhibition are London Fieldworks (with Steve Beard and Kaffe Matthews); heath bunting; computer  art pioneer, Ernest Edmonds; Rio-based artist Mariana Manhares; Computer Arts Society founder and Electronic Music Studios pioner Alan Sutcliffe; composer Tom Hall and poet Drew Milne.

There will be a special Midsummer  Live Coding Performance on Opening Night of the Exhibition, at 7.00 pm on 21st June 2012 with Alex McLean from University of Sheffield  – see &

The exhibition opens during the week of Centenary Events for code-master Alan Turing including a major conference in Cambridge where he lived and worked.

As part of the Art & Technology strand of Visualise, Eduardo Kac-  poet and artist  carried out R&D with partners in Cambridgeshire including the famous Curwen Print Studio to prepare work for the summer exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery. He consulted Stanley Jones, Master Printer at Curwen and other lithography specialists at the Studio, as well as Kip Gresham of the Print Studio Cambridge and also John Fyson, a colour photography expert as well as Anglia Ruskin electronics and silkscreen experts  to do tests with bio-ink and embedded systems.

For the exhibition Eduardo is also showing Ad Huc, a Holo Poem, courtesy of the Jonathan Ross Collection in London.


Master Printer Stanley Jones with Artist Eduardo Kac at the Curwen Studio (photo: Andy Robinson)