Between September 2011 – March 2012 V I S U A L I S E organised a series of talks and discussions at Anglia Ruskin University open to the general public which covered a wide range of contemporary practice – under the general heading: Negotiating New Spaces for Art.
In September 2011 visual artist HELEN COUCHMAN described her life and career as an artist working in Beijing and how she has capitalised on self-directed and organised residency opportunities in various contexts arund the world which have enabled her to develop her practice and expand her knowledge and skills. See www.helencouchman.com. To read a profile of Helen and her life and work in China Daily newspaper see:
See profile in ‘China Daily’ of Helen, her career and her work including her appearance in a Visualise Cambridge Science Festival here
In October the LONDON FIELDWORKS duo, Jo Joelson and Bruce Gilchrist, spoke about their work in various interdisciplinary areas from Space Art to Computer Art and Neuroscience as well as their recent transformations of natural and urban landscapes through public art in forests and in city parks and gardens. They also described their work in the Trumpington area of Cambridge city which has been commissioned by Futurecity the public art agency also managing the Visualise programme at Anglia Ruskin. See www.londonfieldworks.com
In November, leading sound and performance expert, Naut Humon from San Francisco/San Diego took the audience on a journey through from his early work in theatre and largescale outdoor performance/happenings in Californa in the 70s to his current pioneering work in 360 degree immersive audio-visual sound environments, both mobile and in situ, which inspired and stimulated a strong response from those attending and which created a fascinating perspective on possibilities for development of ‘surround’ effects within the Ruskin digital gallery space with its multiple screens. See http://www.sonicacts.com/portal/index.php/naut-humon-transitions-of-the-spacial-station-sonic-acts-xiii-2010/
In March 2012 Alessandro Ludovico, editor and founder of neural magazine and artist/collaborator on a series of significant ‘anti-monopolism’ hacking projects including Google will Eat itself, Amazon Noir and the most recent – FacetoFacebook – joined guest curator Bronac Ferran for a presentation/workshop for Cambridge University History of Art students on the subject of ‘data, manipulation and form’ which produced a lively and absorbing discussion about the nature of ethics and responsibility in the context of online ‘public art’ interventions. See www.facetofacebook.net and www.neural.it