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Born 1981 in Bedford, England. Lives and works in London.



I am interested in the framing of nature by man-made structures, particularly in the built environment. My background in experimental animation informs my studio process, which involves sequencing, montage and analogue photography in the making of collage, prints, installations and books. My work is often collaborative and research-led. I've been making work about the London Zoo Aviary for several years. I am interested in its dynamic, crystalline form and its paradoxical architectural qualities of permanence/plasticity, transparency/opacity, and openness/enclosure.

CURRENT
LESS A BUILDING: Interactions with the London Zoo Aviary: Collaborative research project and publication, supported by Arts Council England
UN/FOLDING SPACE: A visual conversation with Estefania Araujo and Ana Ruepp in response to the mid-1970s architecture of Kazuo Shinohara
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ARCHIVE
Works, studio, writing and research 2007-2018
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EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS

2017-18
Local Anywhere, Sluice, London
BOOK LAUNCH: isthisit? issue 05, Anna Kultys Gallery, London
Lawn and Meadow, Participate Contemporary Artspace, Shrewsbury, UK
Make_Shift, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
31° Celsius, ASC Gallery, London

2013-16
30° Celsius, ASC Gallery, London
Open Aviary, ROOM, Sheerness Dockyard, Isle of Sheppey
COUNTER_FITTERS, Geddes Gallery, London
ON PHOTOcopy / Displacement, 44AD Gallery, Bath
Matter. Place. An Other, Gallery202.com
The Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition 2014, Bond House Project Space, London
BOOK LAUNCH: The path that runs across, Chelsea College of Arts, London
No-one Lives in the Real World, Standpoint Gallery, London
Experimental Film Club presents: The Starry Messenger, Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Echo Chamber, Bond House Project Space, London
The Starry Messenger: Seven Artist Filmmakers, Void, Derry
The Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition 2013, Bond House Project Space, London
Topography Disarranged, The Queen of Hungary Project Space, Aylsham, Norfolk
The path that runs across, Bond House Project Space, London
X, A kiss goodbye: pamphlet launch at X Marks the Bökship, London
The Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London, UK
Australian Int. Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Discernible, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London, UK
Flatpack 7, The Custard Factory, Birmingham, UK
Traverse Vidéo, L'ESAV, Toulouse, France
Leftfield & Luscious, London Short Film Festival, ICA, London, UK

2012
GAZE Film Series, Artists Television Access, San Francisco CA
zwergWERK, 12th Oldenburger Kurzfilmtage, Oldenburg, Germany
Screamstation Fest, The Horse Hospital, London, UK
Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, Ireland
The Long Cloud of Witnesses, Heath Street Baptist Church, London, UK
Sluice 2012, Hanmi Gallery, London, UK
Cross Currents, online group show, STONESQUID.com
it's a phase, The Quadrant, Brighton, UK
Collectible, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London, UK

2011
Simultan Festival for Electronic Arts & Music, Timisoara, Romania
Beehive, Stone Squid Experimental Art Space, Hastings, UK
17 Days, Llewellyn Gallery, Alfred State College, Alfred, NY, USA
Brief Permanence, Art Gene Gallery, Barrow-in-Furness, UK
Directors Lounge at C.A.R. Media Art Fair, Essen, Germany
Art on Poetry (with Meg Bisineer), South Bank Centre, London, UK
Troubling the Map, Kent House, London, UK
Movie MayDay, East End Film Festival, London, UK
17 Days, Atrium Gallery, Western Michigan University, MI, USA
The Films We Like, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, UK
Last Friday Shorts, TAP, Southend, UK
Directors Lounge 11, Berlin, Germany
Video Lounge, India Art Summit, New Delhi, India

2010
Videomedeja, Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad, Serbia
Pychometry, Core Gallery, London, UK
Pattern Completion, Wilkins North Observatory, UCL, London, UK
Pattern Completion, Gimpel Fils, London, UK
Videorama, Timishort Film Festival, Timisoara, Romania
Videomedeja on Tour, Rex Cinema, Belgrade, Serbia
InCounter+Artkillart, .HBC, Berlin, Germany
Artinavan// Brixton's Smallest Cinema, London, UK
Shunt Vaults, Joiner Street, London, UK

2009
Kunstfilmtag 09: Mit Blick auf den Ton, Malkasten, Düsseldorf, Germany
Videomedeja: Int. Video Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad, Serbia
Visions in NYC at Verge Art Fair, The Catalina Hotel, Miami Beach, USA
From Light to Dust, Theater op de Markt circustheaterfestival, Neerpelt, Belgium
Visions in New York City, Macy Gallery, TC Columbia University, NY, USA
Optica: Festival Int. de Videoarte, Centro Huarte, Navarra, Spain
namaTRE.ba Video Project III, Academy of Fine Arts, Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Optica: Festival Int. de Videoarte, Collège d'Espagne, Paris, France
Optica: Festival Int. de Videoarte, Filmoteca de Andalucía, Córdoba, Spain
British Panorama, London International Animation Festival, London, UK
Optica: Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Art Factory, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Videokills: International Video Art Festival, Stattbad, Berlin, Germany
ArcheTime: Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Time, The Tank, New York, USA
Visions in the Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London, UK
Athens Video Art Festival, Gazi Technopolis, Athens, Greece
Under Skies, Stone Squid Experimental Art Space, Hastings, UK
Adventures in Experiments, East End Film Festival, London, UK
Transfixed Motion | Transitory Still, Sheffield Institute of Art & Design Gallery, UK
From Light to Dust, The Roundhouse, London, UK
Gaze & Body curated by Rotoreliefs, Vibe Bar, London, UK
Transience, Shunt Lounge, London, UK

2008
DeTank.tv at TENT London, Truman Brewery, London, UK
The Mirror Stage, Lanitis Foundation, Limassol, Cyprus
1% WATER, Kunstzentrum Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
Sensation (Pojutis), Šiauliu Universitetas Dailés Galerija, Šiauliai, Lithuania
Adventures in Experiments, East End Film Festival, London, UK
Bombay Sapphire Prize Exhibition, MyOwnGallery, Milan, Italy
700.IS Reindeerland- Experimental Film and Video Festival, Egilsstadir, Iceland
Videoformes Festival of New Media & Video Art, Clermont-Ferrand, France
dna@FORM:London, Olympia, London, UK

2007
International Underwater Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
zwergWERK, 7th Oldenburger Kurzfilmtage, Oldenburg, Germany
up-and-coming International Film Festival, Hanover, Germany
Experimental 2, Filmstock International Film Festival, Luton, UK
Waterford Film Festival, Waterford, Ireland
Bridge Art Fair, Trafalgar Hotel, London, UK
Balkanima European Animated Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
Eksjö Animation Festival, Eksjö, Sweden
Projection Space, Shot by the Sea Film Festival, Claremont Art Space, Hastings, UK
The Great Exhibition, Royal College of Art Summer Show, London, UK
britspotting British and Irish Film Festival, Berlin & Stuttgart, Germany

2003-2006
Late Night Friday: Greedy Magpie, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Threads - installations and projections, The Curfew Tower, Cushendall, Northern Ireland
Animation-Sculpture-Printmaking Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
De Een Minuten (Broadcast No.43), Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, Holland
Microwave, The FACT centre, Liverpool, UK
Halloween Graduation Show, ICA, London, UK

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES / COMMISSIONS

2021 Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant
2013 New collaborations Bursary, a-n The Artists Information Company
2013 The Reside Residency
2012 Open LAB, Barbican Pit Theatre, London
2011 Artsadmin Town Hall Hotel Commissions
2010 Research Residency, Islington Exhibits / Culpeper Community Garden, London
2009 Digital Arts Residency, Signal Films, Barrow-in-Furness, UK
2009 Artists' Residency, Department of Psychology, UCL, London
2009 Artists' Residency, Signy & Olaf Willums Art Foundation, Pourrières, France
2008 Wellcome Trust Arts Award
2008 Animation Bursary, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation & The Film & Video Workshop
2008 Best UK Short Film, East End Film Festival, London (Nomination)
2008 The Bombay Sapphire Prize 2008 (Finalist)
2007 KPMG Project Gold Commissions (Shortlist)
2007 The Nat Cohen Scholarship, Royal College of Art, London
2006 Penkiln Burn Artists' Residency, The Curfew Tower, Cushendall

TALKS / WORKSHOPS / TEACHING

2014 Echo Chamber, cross-disciplinary in-dialogue event, Bond House Gallery, London
2012 Spatial Annotations, presentation for Pit Theatre Laboratory, Barbican, London
2012 Neuroscience meets visual art and sound, ideas-matter-sphere, London
2011 Playing with Light, lecture and workshop, Media LAB, Manchester School of Art
2011 Introduction and Q&A for Last Friday Shorts, TAP, Southend
2010 Pattern Completion, interdisciplinary discussion on memory, Gimpel Fils, London
2010 Pattern Completion, talk for TESLA art and science forum, UCL, London
2010 Pattern Completion on the Guardian Science Weekly radio podcast
2010 Talk for Signal Film & Media's Film Insiders Talent Festival, Barrow-in-Furness
2009 Playing with Light workshops for Signal Film & Media, Barrow-in-Furness
2008 Tutorials with MA Animation & Sound students, Norwich School of Art & Design
2007 Playing with Light, 2-week workshop and exhibition, NID, Ahmedabad, India