Annie Carpenter, Steven Gartside and Simon O’Sullivan will each present a short introduction to their practices which involve artistic, curatorial and academic work; making connections to and departures from works in the Miniature World exhibition; leading to an audience Q&A.
Annie carpenter is an artist based at Rogue Studios in Manchester. Working primarily with sculpture and video, her work addresses links between art, science and industry; often with reference to trying, failing and the labour of the amateur. In October 2015 she embarked on an international art and science expedition with The Arctic Circle (New York) to Svalbard. Footage filmed during this residency was used to make work for the Miniature World exhibition. Carpenter is a lecturer at Leeds College of Art and is completing a BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences, specialising in Astronomy and Planetary Science; she founded and coordinates Art & Science Critical Forum in Manchester.
Steven Gartside is a Research Fellow, Curator of Holden Gallery and course leader for the MA Contemporary Curating Programme, at Manchester School of Art. Holden Gallery delivers four newly generated thematic shows a year with a focus on international contemporary art. In addition to his curatorial work, research interests include intersections between art and architecture, particularly interest in the shifting notion of the 'modern', writing and the city, contemporary art and the space of the museum. Where possible, writing and exhibition practices are used as a way of making ideas manifest in alternative forms. Publications include Addendum: architecture, sculpture and the space of transition, 2011, Elterwater: Littoral. Accumulation: experiencing the city, (2010) Manchester: MOSI and Jointly Authored Books include Mortality: death and the imagination, (2013) Holden Gallery; Concrete Thoughts: Modern Architecture and Contemporary Art (2006) Whitworth Art Gallery. The Atopia Project (vol. 1), is part of a series of collaborations with Eleanor Mulhearn which explore contained spaces.
Simon O’Sullivan is Professor of Art Theory and Practice in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has published two monographs with Palgrave, Art Encounters Deleuze and Guattari: Thought Beyond Representation (2005) and On the Production of Subjectivity: Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation (2012), and is the editor, with Stephen Zepke, of both Deleuze, Guattari and the Production of the New (Continuum, 2008) and Deleuze and Contemporary Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). His collaborative art practice – with David Burrows and others – comes under the name Plastique Fantastique, a ‘performance fiction’ that involves an investigation into aesthetics, subjectivity, the sacred, popular culture and politics produced through, performance, film and sound work, comics, text, installations and assemblages. He is currently working on a collaborative volume of writings, with Burrows, on Mythopoesis–Myth-Science–Mythotechnesis: Fictioning and the Posthuman in Contemporary Art. www.simonosullivan.net www.plastiquefantastique.org