Monday, 14 April 2014

London laser talks

LASER is a series of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. 
Each evening event presents guest speakers from a range of disciplines (artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, etc) and an opportunity for discussion and socialising. Free of charge and open to the public, London LASER offers stimulating talks and encourages lively discussion in an informal academic setting, where people can share their experiences and participate in lively discussions on a range of subjects at the intersection of art and science.  
I will be talking on 20th May about my synaesthesia work. I'll be screening An Eyeful of Sound and talking about the process of collaborating of the project. I don't yet know who else will be talking but looking at LASER's previous line ups I'm sure it will be an interesting mix. You can book places here:

Monday, 7 April 2014

Pitt Rivers curiosity

Recently I visited the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford with a friend from NZ. It was just as odd as I remembered from years ago but, partly I suppose because I was seeing it through the eyes of someone from abroad, extra weird. In some ways a wonderfully idiosyncratic Victorian relic, in others a reminder of casual cultural insensitivity. Either way, a fascinating visit.
Hand beaded 'Nike' moccasins

Tiny body part votives, and the moulds to make them (I like the intestines).

The museum from an upper balcony. The low lighting adds to the sense of creepiness.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Edinburgh Science Festival

On 12th April at 7:30 I shall be giving a talk and showing An Eyeful of Sound at the Edinburgh Science Festival in a LateLab about synaesthesia.  It'll be exciting to be at the festival and to be in beautiful Edinburgh again, hooray! Plus it's the start of Easter, or Cheester as my cheese loving son calls it (we have to hide Babybels for him instead of chocolate eggs).

Monday, 3 March 2014

'Carrying Things' at Tricky Women

The film 'Carrying Things' made by the students I worked with the the Tricky Women Animation Summer School last summer has been selected for the Tricky Women animation festival in the Austrian panorama programme this month.

It is an amazing achievement since they not only made the film but also learned the software (my beloved TV Paint), made all the sound and worked together collaboratively with a roomful of people they'd never met before *in five days*!

BTW, the animation summer school is running again this year (I can't make it unfortunately) but they have the amazing Caroline Leaf talking so book your place now!

Carrying Things from Julija Proskurina on Vimeo.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Space to think

Coming to the end of my PhD and planning new projects and events, I've really enjoyed having my studio space to sit and think in. Finally the sun is coming out as spring  is deciding whether or not to appear, and I can begin to emerge from the study which has dominated my waking life for the past three years. My priority for the next few months (apart from taking my vivas and getting the PhD done and dusted) is to get back to doing some practice which I have missed so much during the writing up process (the last year really). I have itchy hands to make stuff, as evidenced by the huge amount I have been sewing and knitting in recent weeks... back to animation!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Nikhil Chopra at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

I recently saw the Nikhil Chopra exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Chopra spent 3 days in the Focus Gallery, converting it into a portrait studio reflecting Victorian Britain. The drawings on the walls are of members of the local community, and during the drawing performance he transformed himself into a westernised Indian Victorian portrait artist. 

The video of the performance was fascinating to watch but I particularly loved the charcoal drawings on the walls, it was like walking into a huge sketchbook. In the centre of the room was the Victoriana environment that he used to pose his sitters, like an abandoned still life. 

The project was a Meadow Arts commission in collaboration with Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Wolverhampton Art Gallery is well known for its huge Pop Art collection, and also has an important collection of Northern Irish art, but I always love its collaborations, educational events and the way it takes a fresh inclusive approach to art.