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The�BREESE�LITTLE Prize for Art Criticism was launched to support, encourage and provide a platform for young writers of art criticism. Tom Gilliver is the winner of this year’s Volume VI of the prize, with his exceptional review of Sarah Lucas: Ordinary Things�at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.
Jotta were invited to drop into the set of a new short film at Clapham Road Studios, London’s home of animation. AV wizard Stuart Warren Hill and 3D/stop motion cinematographer Malcolm Hadley were there helping to deliver Nintendo 3D competition winner Nicholas Pratt’s film for the BFI London Film Festival Gala Premier next week.
?In the apt surroundings of Tate Britain’s Historic Collection Room, ‘The Redistribution of Wealth’ retells the history of UK government spending on the arts from the birth of the ‘Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts’ in 1940, right up to the present day climate of cutbacks.??
On 18th October an all new Jotta.com will launch. Rethought and redesigned to provide the essential guide to emerging art, Jotta.com will feature extensive editorial coverage alongside our own range of projects, events and symposium and how to get involved.
John Myatt was imprisoned in 1999 for conducting what Scotland Yard called ?the biggest art fraud of the 20th century?, forging and auctioning 200 paintings by artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Roger Bissiere and Nicholas De Stael, and duping auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Nowadays Myatt is a successful creator of “genuine fakes”. He will be demonstrating his skills at the forthcoming Nintendo New Art Academy workshop on October 3rd.
World Peace Day, September 21st has been celebrated with a series of artist films, films4peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, featuring 21 of today?s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. including this surreal short by the one of the youngest of the bunch, yet certainly not lacking in talent, Levi van Veluw of the Netherlands. Watch his film here.
films4peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, is an annual film commission by PUMA.Peace,
featuring 21 of today?s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. Watch Royal College of Art graduate Noriko Okaku’s stunning stop motion and collage animation here.
Janet Biggs journeyed to the Arctic landscape, the “archetypal frozen north” and create this short film for World Peace Day and the Puma initiative Films4Peace, along with Gregory Crewdson, Michael Nyman amongst many other artists, animators and filmmakers. Watch it here.
Film score composer and artist Michael Nyman, long time Peter Greenaway and Jane Campian, has created a stunning film for World Peace Day and the Puma initiative Films4Peace, along with Gregory Crewdson, Janet Biggs amongst many other artists. Watch it here.
London-based sound artist Yuri Suzuki has been popping up everywhere of late with his innovative sonic experiments. Most recently lauded in the Design Museum’s Designers in Residence, where he’s showing his London Tube Map Radio. London is something of a theme, as his latest project see’s Yuri reconstruct a London black cab, installing a system which draws on ambient street noise and transform it into music. Win a ride in the taxi!
An interesting insight into the diverse backgrounds and practices of this year’s graduating MA Fine Art course from City & Guilds of London.
In the heart of urban Kings Cross London, exists Camley Street Natural Park inhabited by hundreds of diverse species not normally found in the middle of a concrete metropolis. These wild species will be joined by 19 emerging and established artists including British artists Gillian Wearing, Michael Landy, Gordon Cheung and American artist Edgar Heap of Birds.
Next week sees the return of PAMI ? an annual celebration of artists? moving image across Peckham, South-East London.
Pio Abad, Leslie Kulesh, Myles Painter and Samara Scott have been tipped for success once again Dazed partners with Converse and the Whitechapel Gallery for the Emerging Artists Award, a platform for emerging unrepresented artists under 35. Judges including Jeremy Deller and the Times Arts’ Nancy Durrant have chosen the four shortlisted.
Royal College of Art fashion design students were challenged by Esprit to create an innovative collection of ?must have? garments that represent the new Esprit vision, resulting in a capsule of collection of sustainable knitwear and prints by three new fashion talents for AW2012.
An exciting round up of artists working in the realm of sonic art, including Jotta favourites Max Hattler, James Bulley and Daniel Jones, amongst a raft of other artists breaking new ground in sound. Amplifying audiovisual, 8-channel soundscape, film and sound installations from September 21st.
London Fashion Week kicks off this week, and bringing some texture to the Hospital Club Jotta member Rupert Newman installs a series of multi-sensory instillation pieces exploring the interaction between the static and projected image, from Thursday 13th September.
For his debut UK solo show, Central Saint Martins graduate and Jotta member Vasilis Avramidis presents a series of rich oil paintings depicting self-invented locations and scenarios that shift the traditions of landscape and still life. Overgrown with moss and ivy, there’s an overriding sense of decay.
Dominic Wilcox recently gave a brilliant performance at Milan Design Festival, where he beat a 3D printer to completing a model of the Duomo. His skewed and humorous perspective on design and everyday life has us enthralled as to what his next trick will be. See it at KK Outlet from September 7.
British pop culture manipulator David Blandy joins Brighton Digital Festival for “an artistic housewarming party” in the form of a riotous gaming arcade, with film projections, computer games, life-size figurines, comics, lego models, drawings by leading Manga artist Inko and an 11-hour gaming tournament.
There is more to Gabb?s installations than first pleases the eye; what isn’t immediately obvious is that these showers of colour take inspiration from the decorative elements of Art Nouveau, or are working to achieve an effect similar to Baroque and Rococo architectural adornments.
Royal Academy graduate HaYoung Kim’s solo show presents a post-internet primordial soup, a digital degustation, a banquet of emotionless emoticons. HaYoung tells us about the exhibition and her fascination with our endless hunger for online identification.
Epic shots of athletes crossing the finishing line have been flickering across our eyeballs for the past month, the Bar-Tur Photography Award asked University of the Arts London students and alumni for their photographic interpretation of the Olympic shot. The winners showcase their work at Paradise Row Gallery until 25 August.
One of a stellar line up nominated for this year’s much-lauded artist film initiative, The Jarman Award, British artist Shezad Dawood’s debut feature, Piercing Brightness was an eerie sci-fi exploration of aliens and alienation, in Preston. Watch the trailer for Piercing Brightness here.
“A very brief encounter with another world.” Bouncing ideas of audio-visual abstraction between cinemas and music festivals across the world, Max Hattler’s latest adventure in animation is cosmetic sci-fi stop motion that launches today. Watch it here.
Heatherwick Studio is a wonderful place where almost anything can happen. V&A Channel visited the studio, and spent some time with the founder, the maverick Thomas Heatherwick, and head of innovation, Stuart Wood, to discuss projects past and present, and how Heatherwick Studio developed their extraordinary approach to design.
What is often held separate in our minds – technology and art – becomes one in Ghosts in the Machine at New York?s New Museum. Exploring a fifty year span and artists from fifteen countries, the exhibition traces science and technology?s ever-changing impact on humans and art.
An ice cream monster born from a petri dish, genetic modification gone wrong or an imaginative child’s wildest lolly-shaped dreams? Watch LCC graduates Elizabeth Bradley and Jessica Bishopp’s animation and decide for yourself.
19 days and 204 countries from which to eat. A culinary tour de force, ambitious, perhaps impossible, but the twelve food bloggers assembled by a Leeds-based food aficionado took to the challenge, here’s what they created.
The word legacy has had much lip-service of late. Insatiable design explorer and director of the documentary trilogy Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized, Gary Hustwit and photographer Jon Pack have been travelling the globe documenting the forgotten relics of Olympic cities asking, what happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?
Would you want your t-shirt to replace your smart phone? Then make way for a wearable, shareable, programmable t-shirt which allows you to share your Facebook status, Tweets, photos and favourite songs with anyone who walks your way.
How do you raise funds for that next exhibition? New York animation gang Cartune Xprez are trying a new angle for their latest project Special Effect – crowd-funding. Special Effect will see 18 experimental animators, including James Duesing, Jacob Ciocci and Amy Lockhart, make work inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film ‘Stalker’. We talk to founder Peter Burr about the concept and the funding process.
In a traveling installation project, Jeremy Deller playfully reinvents the ancient landmark Stonehenge as a bouncy castle.
In an effort to combat the overly-commercialised, tacky and often imported souvenirs being flogged across London this summer, CREATE has commissioned a series of cheeky, east London-themed keepsakes from designers including Dominic Wilcox and Andr� Klauser.
Inventive design duo Something & Son have been commissioned by CREATE to revive the tradition of the Bathhouse in London’s Barking, with a structure that combines industrial heritage, a raw design aesthetic with sustainable luxury. Cucumber facial on a shingle shore anyone?
The insatiable interactive duo Hellicar & Lewis have collaborated with Intel to produce an installation which manifests three of the core elements of the Intel Ultrabook’s3rd generation Intel Core processors: Performance, Security and Design. We popped in to the Triptych launch to wave our arms in front of the work and chat with Pete Hellicar about the creation process.
A stellar lineup of ten UK-based contemporary artists have been announced for the Film London Jarman Award. This year, the prize is worth �26,000 and the list, which includes Marcus Coate, Shezad Dawood and Ben Rivers, continues to highlight the growing importance of film as an artist’s medium in the UK.
Jotta member Alicja Dobrucka photographs the haunting remains of Albania’s mushroom-shaped concrete bunkers in a race against their rapid disappearance from the country’s landscape.
These 3D illustrations of sci-fi landscapes, futuristic vehicles and fearsome spiked creatures by designer Neil Mccormack present an eerie yet beautifully rendered vision of the future.
Jotta has a fascinating conversation with lead 3D animator at The Mill, James Farrington about his journey from traditional animation to computer generated animation.
Is it a music video, a video game or an interactive music video game? Whatever you
call it, this collision of indie gaming and music has got our cathode-rays blazing. Kill Screen, Pitchfork and Intel have brought great musicians – think Matthew Dear, M83, Chromatics and Cut Copy – together with game designers to demonstrate the transformative effect these trailblazers have had on the gaming landscape.
Aaron Koblin, Google creative director and the master of interactive internet art, unveils his latest adventure with collaborative partner Chris Milk. Taking the surrealist concept of “the exquisite corpse”, they present Exquisite Forest, a crowd-sourced online animation project. On show now at the Tate Modern.
onedotzero co-founder Shane Walter and his team have worked with filmmakers in showcasing, distributing, producing and developing ideas from script to finished article for over 15 years. Here Walter shares his hints and predictions for animated and interactive storytelling in the digital age.
For the fledgling filmmakers out there raring to give the Imagination Series script a shot, these are the vital elements to remember when writing your treatment. And who better to impart tips than competition judge and the Academy Award winning writer of Precious, Geoffrey Fletcher?
Four teams of grads from University of the Arts London collaborated with Nike to create a t-shirt collection which captures the spirit of the athlete. These videos show their research into the experiences of leading athletes, and how they translated that into their designs.
“Animation is great because it allows you to do things that are not real, so don’t look that gift horse in the mouth.” Find out what other nuggets of wisdom Tom Mortimer, co-founder of animation company 12foot6 – creators of the BAFTA-nominated The Sensibles, Modern Toss and other irreverent delights – has to reveal on his techniques when writing for animation.
Belgium collaborative duo Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil, of the acclaimed Luxembourg Pavilion at last year’s Venice Biennale, take a break from installing their London show to discuss working as a partnership and their latest installation, A Thousand Years, on now at the University of the Arts London, Arts Gallery.
Who are London’s next big fashion designers? With this summer’s graduate shows in full swing, there couldn’t be a better time for star-spotting, and where better to start than the students behind the three award-winning collections from London College of Fashion’s BA course? Here they tell us how they plan to make their mark on the fashion world.
Want some directing tips from the inside to help with your Imagination Series submission? After a London Film School screening of his latest BAFTA winning documentary, ‘Senna’, director Asif Kapadia provided insight for budding filmmakers on making directorial calls, bonding with the film and breaking into the industry.
In a project commissioned by the British Fashion Council and Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation, nine pairs of top British fashion designers and contemporary artists have collaborated to synthesise art and fashion. The project pulled impressive names from both fields including Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller, Hussein Chalayan and Gavin Turk ? even more remarkable was the work the duos came up with.
University of the Arts London graduate Jordi Ruiz Cirera has won a Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises for his incredible documentary photography of the Mennonites, a group of people who arrived in Bolivia during the fifties from Canada, Mexico or Belize, to live an archaic lifestyle of isolation.
How do you unwind and switch off? Central Saint Martins MA Textile Futures student Ingrid Hulskamp’s graduation work is all about contemplative design. A self-described ?design poet?, her handblown glass objects aim to bring moments of calm amidst the chaos.
Imagine if Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher gave you his latest script and asked you to direct it?
Well, that?s exactly what he has done. Bombay Sapphire and Tribeca Film Festival have teamed up to offer five burgeoning filmmakers a once in a lifetime opportunity, using their imagination to interpret a short film script created by Academy Award winner, Geoffrey Fletcher.
The food revolution currently sweeping London has brought with it a surge of happenings that cleverly combine food with art, design and experience. What most appeals about this renaissance is the amalgamation of creative disciplines with something that almost everyone loves – to fill their belly!
Central Saint Martins MA Industrial designer Merve Kahraman has created a series of beautiful and clever lamps. Take a look at how she regenerates pre-existing objects, such as candles and knitting machines, into fantastic analogue lighting systems.
What do heavy metal and the Renaissance have in common? Slade School of Fine Art student Michael Andrew Page draws the comparison between these disparate movements in his seriously brilliant, meticulously hand-drawn shrines to metal fandom.
We get a new insight into the creative lives of Camberwell, Wimbledon and Chelsea college alumni who have carved a name for themselves since graduating, namely Will Jarvis, co-founder of Peckham gallery, The Sunday Painter.
A hilarious schlock-mock tribute film to the 1979 video nasty classic ‘Driller Killer’ directed by Abel Ferrara, created by Chelsea College of Art and Design Fine Art student Vanessa Scully. On show from today!
British artist Thomas Lock has created this new film, Memory Theatre, a collage of footage excavated from his childhood archives, featured this month on Conduire, an online art project formed by Sophie Risner.
From the streets to the catwalk, London fizzes with a sense of creativity and originality unrivalled by any other international city. This month we talk to NEWGEN wunderkind Danielle Scutt to explore Central Saint Martins? unbeatable portfolio of alumni and discover how home-grown labels are making an impact on the global style stage.
Jotta have teamed up with University of the Arts London to preview some brilliant work emerging from across the six London colleges, on show throughout June. London College of Communication Photography student Luke Smith imagines a very eerie future image archive absent of children.
Over the past 5 years London-based art organisation Auto Italia South East have created ground-breaking new formats using live and media arts. Often their projects engage an audience in the here and now; from the entranced crowds at ?Yes Way?, a festival in collaboration with the music promoters Upset the Rhythm, to the studio-audiences who feature in their artist-run TV series, Auto Italia Live.
As part of this week’s Auto Italia Guest Edition to celebrate their 5th anniversary and live show at the ICA, we’ll be publishing each of the Auto Italia LIVE episodes, starting with Talking Objects in Space featuring Nathan Budzinski and Benedict Drew.
Artist-run organisation Auto Italia South East take over Jotta.com this week in celebration of their 5th birthday and the broadcast of the latest episode of their TV show, Auto Italia LIVE, which will be filmed in front of a studio audience on Saturday 9th June at 7pm and streamed live from the ICA. We’ll be featuring interviews and videos from Auto Italia all this week. Here the directors catch up with some of the artists collaborating on the next episode to discuss live TV performance and what each artist will be bringing to the show.
Jessica Rutterford, a BA Fine Art student at Wimbledon College of Art, has been on a mission to find out how much artists can get away with. From stalking businessmen, to photographing the public entering their pin numbers, to accosting strangers to talk religion and marital break ups, Jessica has been invading Londoners? personal space to find out how they will react, and if they?ll forgive her because she?s an artist.
The first in a series of studio visits to the work spaces of recent graduates from Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges created by Matthew Tillett and Jared Schiller. First up is THIS IS Studio, a multidisciplinary design practice based in Clerkenwell, London who graduated from the BA Graphic Design course at Camberwell College of Arts.
A disused space under the Queen Elizabeth Hall has been transformed into a Festival Village from June 1st – September 9th. Lead by TILT, the project uses the ?comake? process: volunteers have signed up to design and build the space from scratch. Over 200 participants have pitched in with architecture, design, visual art, photography and construction. We talk Oliver Marlow, Creative Director at TILT about the process.
Interior and Spatial design student, Laura Blenkinsop, tells Jotta about the ideas behind and making of the exhibition Prospectus- a collaborative project from a collective of cross-disciplinary student researchers, practitioners and staff from Chelsea College of Art and Design.
The Barbican’s Bauhaus retrospective has been the centre’s most popular exhibition since the Surreal House. With the same architects (Carmody Groarke) on board and an equally holistic approach encompassing each facet of the centre’s facilities, the exhibition offers a new perspective on the Bauhaus and its significance as a school. We talk to co-curator Lydia Yee about the Bauhaus’ unique approach to learning, an apt insight at a time when art education is under scrutiny.
Chosen by a stellar list of artist filmmakers for the Film London’s Selected UK tour, Daniel Swan is a Camberwell graduate who’s videos evoke nostalgic visions of the internal workings of a video game, which have been featured in Jotta two past exhibitions. We talk to him about his latest video work, Ascent, ?a dystopian scenario where modern technology is underpinning the formation of a new world religion.?
Jotta have teamed up with University of the Arts London to preview some brilliant work emerging from across the six London colleges, on show throughout June. Ever experienced a rising sense of anger as the Apple spinning wheel of doom holds you up? Camberwell BA Graphic Design students Imogen Reekie and Harry Winteringham have, and have brought the wheel into real life on the streets London.
Selected ll sees the 2011 Film London Jarman Award shortlisted artists, including Ed Atkins; Clio Barnard; Claire Hooper; Anja Kirschner & David Panos and Laure Prouvost among others – each select an emerging artist filmmaker to tour the UK. For the second in our series of interviews with the chosen we talk to Canadian artist Una Knox about her filmic exploration of architectural space, memory and experience.
Jotta caught up with Redmond Entwistle to talk about Walk-Through, his recently completed film about California Institute of the Arts. Currently on show at Cubitt, London, Entwistle’s exhibition coincides with PROSPECTUS an experimental exhibition exploring the practices of radical art education and exhibition as an educational technology.
Frieze New York, the inaugural edition, launched its four-day art extravaganza on May 6th in a space bordered by East Harlem, the South Bronx, and Queens on Randall?s Island?hosting international works from over 180 galleries. Walking through the long white tents, spectators admired contemporary art from all over the world: Berlin and Paris, Dubai, Sao Paolo, London and L.A., to name a few.
Art HK ? Hong Kong?s answer to Art Basel, Frieze and other contemporary jamborees punctuating the art world calendar ? is now in its fifth year. This is the first time it has been organised under the aegis of Art Basel (which last year acquired 60% of Art HK). While boosting the international cach� of the fair ? its 266 participants hail from 38 countries, half of them Asian ? it also reflects the way much of the art aims at an internationalised language.
Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art graduate Oliver Guy-Watkins seeks to question the real and the artifice, using methods employed in numerous industries to recreate natural phenomena. Described as post-apocalyptic, the purpose of his work is to make the viewer unsure of what has been manufactured and what previously existed, and to wonder at what stage the artist entered the environment.
The Catlin Art Prize opened earlier this month and this week the winners were announced, with the public vote going to City & Guild MA Fine Art graduate Adeline de Monseignat, whose work reconfigures vintage fur, glass and sand into luxurious soft sculptures which explore sensory impulses. Adeline tells us the story of her Catlin piece, ‘Mother HEB Loleta’.
It’s almost that time, students will be in the final throws of degree show prep, poised to break out from the art & design institution and unleash their untainted enthusiasm on the world. Jotta have teamed up with University of the Arts London to preview some brilliant work emerging from across the six London colleges, on show throughout June.
La Scatola curator Valentina Fois unveils her latest discovery, Steven Morgana, who’s exhibition explores the contradictions and possibilities of entropy, through beautiful sculptural pieces and large scale installations – manifestations of elaborate historical research, and a cynical and activist attitude.
Jotta arrived in Berlin last week for a series of art events that marked the opening of the 7th Berlin Biennale, and which coincided with the Berlin gallery weekend; 51 galleries and their respective openings spread across 3 days. With most of these open for the duration of the biennale it’s a great time to visit Berlin. We explored some intriguing initiatives by radical art groups across the city,including a re-enactment of the Battle of Berlin.
The 2011 Film London Jarman Award shortlist ? Ed Atkins; Clio Barnard; Claire Hooper; Anja Kirschner & David Panos; Hilary Koob-Sassen; Torsten Lauschmann; Elizabeth Price; Laure Prouvost; Imogen Stidworthy; and Corin Sworn – each selected an emerging artist filmmaker, creating an invigorating programme of work. We talk to Benedict Drew about “the desire of technology” and his film Sludge Manifesto.
News just in: Arran Gregory, sculptor and illustrator, will be exhibiting his sculpture and prints with Jotta at The Other Art Fair, Thursday May 10 – May 13 at Ambika P3!
Ligaya Salazar, contemporary curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, follows on from her celebrated retrospective of Yohji Yamaoto?s career with this exhibition at London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery. Salazar and co-curator Polona Dolzan tell us about selecting 13 of the freshest talent in international fashion illustration- “from the digital to the hand-drawn via the physical.”
The Other Art Fair 2012 begins next week, and Jotta will be there hosting daily Curated Walks as well as exhibiting some exciting new work from emerging artists. One of these is Erik Bendix, a young Danish painter and graduate of Goldsmiths MFA in Art Practice, whose sinister cartoon-inspired characters have captured our attention.
a-n have got a spring in their step as they anticipate what this year?s crop of graduating students has to offer. There?ll be failure and success, disappointment and delight, and no doubt a few tears of joy and sorrow. Would we want it any other way? View the guide online here.
We continue our Art Catlin 2012 interview series with Max Dovey, a Wimbledon graduate who has been making waves across the new art scene with his live interactive performances commenting on the topical and the technological- everything from Web 2.0 to the stock market. He tells us about his new work for Catlin Art Prize, which elevates the importance of the digital switchover into a historical landmark event.
Matthew Stone is an artist, shaman, photographer, performance artist, curator, writer, optimist and cultural provocateur. Graduating from BA Painting at Camberwell College of Arts in 2004, Stone spearheaded South London?s art collective, organising guerrilla art exhibitions, throwing notorious squat parties and generally putting Peckham on the art map.
Now in it’s sixth year, Catlin Art Prize continues to provide an insightful survey into the stand-out artists from the UK’s current crop of graduating students. In the first of a three part series, Royal College of Art graduate Jonny Briggs, whose work has been bought by Saatchi, tells us about his sculptural exploration into familial relationships and the psychoanalytic, on show at Art Catlin from next week.
From the streets to the catwalk, London fizzes with a sense of creativity and originality unrivalled by any other international city. Starting with Elizabeth Lau, known for her sweet-toothed designs, we explore Central Saint Martins? unbeatable portfolio of alumni to discover how home-grown labels are making an impact on the global style stage.
Interrogating the theme of ‘emergence’, the TEDxCSM event was organised by a group of CSM MA Communication Design students on Wednesday March 28th. An inspiring day of insightful ideas, Tom Hulme of IDEO gave us some fascinating examples of Design for Emergence, watch his talk here.
As a child in Afghanistan Massoud Hassani would make paper toys to be blown in the wind. Sometimes they would end up in a minefield, where he could not retrieve them. 20 years later he’s used biomimicry to design this ingenius dandelion-shaped mine sweeper with an inbuilt GPS navigator, recently nominated for Design of the Year 2012.
Well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism, Turner prize winner and Central Saint Martins alumni Yinka Shonibare set up Guest Projects in East London in 2008 to provide an alternative platform for experimental projects. We talk to Guest Projects coordinator, Chlo� Sylvestre about their latest exhibition and how one applies for the project space.
What image does the phrase “Norse mythology” conjure for you: images of towering gods ruling alien worlds or rotting old textbooks? Avoid the latter fate by watching Jon Anders Gulbrandsen’s [Endi], a short animation which endeavours to capture the power of Norse mythology through abstract pattern.
Paradise is a gathering of over 60 students from Royal College of Art who imagine a future realm where computers can create ceramic portraits, wooden shoes allow us to scale any surface and a sunset lasts forever.
What is design? Who owns it and how can we deconstruct it? Nelly Ben Hayoun, who?s featured in Jotta?s debut publication, endeavors to answer all of those questions and more with her latest project at Milan Design Week’s Hacked Milan, recreating the background noise of the fair with a film foley artist.
Russian born Maria Gruzdeva’s project Direction – Space! is a fascinating and beautifully shot insight into two of Soviet Russia?s secretive space facilities, where astronauts still live and work. Unveiling a close knit community of space lovers, clinging to the legacy of the 1960’s Space Race.
This enigmatic animation, from the Central Saint Martins 3rd year Illustration Interim show in March, is the result of John Williams Waters’ painstaking and meticulously detailed pen illustrations. Which we imagine also resulted in many blisters. Watch it and weep.
Isolated by an unforgiving media ban, the closed town N hides from the prying eyes of the outside world, dancing on the boundary between fact and fiction. Its semi-fictional story unfolds at A Joyful Archipelago, an exhibition of ten Russian-born female artists opening tonight at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects. Curator and Chelsea College graduate Olga Grotova talks to us about the vision behind this evocative exhibition.
March 28th’s TEDxCentralSaintMartins conference, for which Jotta were media partner, was an inspiring and thought-igniting day of talks around the theme of Emergence, which began with Michael Wolff’s engaging stories of human error and insight, and ended with Barry Buzan and the downfall of super powers. We captured some highlights for you.
Artists and star-crossed lovers Paddy Gould and Roxy Topia present “Drip into Something More Comfortable,” splashing George and Jorgen galley in London with melting trippy sculpture and video until 22nd April. Here curator George Barker speaks to the artistic duo about the making of their work and karaoke duets.
Last night saw the opening of Remote Control at the ICA, an exhibition exploring the huge impact TV has had on contemporary culture, which Jotta had been eagerly anticipating. While the survey of video art was worth another visit, it was LuckyPDF and their bizarre inclusion of a reality TV star which stole the show last night. We caught up with LuckyPDF co-founder Yuri Pattison to find out more about their latest project.
We caught up briefly with Liam Young, co-founder of Unknown Fields Division, who take pride of place as the feature story in the debut Jotta Publication., to find out about their next adventure.
Dark melancholic shadows are Melissa Bugarella?s prerogative in shaping her sculpture and toying with video art and sound. La Scatola curator Valentina Fois unveils her latest discovery.
Fascinated by the vocabularies of design and architecture, Chelsea College of Art graduate Joe Crowdy, one of 19 artists selected to exhibit at Jotta?s Sum of Substance, talks with us about the research and inspiration behind his sculptures and the print he created exclusively for Jotta?s Editions Space.
Artist Polly Brannan brought weeks worth of research about the Soho area along to Jotta Live yesterday, and with the help of the workshop attendees, created a poster zine about the area, which you can download here!
Sophie Percival was winner of the Jotta Award in 2011. Since then she has exhibited in Sum of Substance in March, produced an exclusive print for Jotta Editions Space and her captivating photography of architecture and landscape also features in the debut Jotta Publication.
Unlike most commercial beehives, which are designed for the harvesting of honey, Amy Pliszka?s exquisite textile apiarian enclaves are designed with the bees in mind. Amy Pliszka is one of the fascinating artists and designers featured in the debut Jotta publication, read an excerpt of the interview here.
Raymond Tan is the lucky winner of the TEDxCentralSaintMartins and Jotta poster competition. Raymond is the recipient of a highly sought after ticket to the March 28 conference, where he’ll be able to see his graphic interpretation of the Emergence theme on show.
Goldsmiths MFA graduate Lisa Selby is one of five artists selected for Jotta’s latest Editions Space series. Selby chatted with us after exhibiting her large scale sculptural works at Sum of Substance last week, see her edition on show now at Jotta Live in Soho.
Georgina McNamara, who completed her MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2011, is one of 19 artists chosen for Jotta?s Sum of Substance exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair. McNamara talks to Jotta about her work for the exhibition and how it engages with the show?s theme of value.
Joachim Sefzick, currently studying for an MA Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts, is one of 19 artists chosen for Jotta?s Sum of Substance exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair. Sefzick talks to Jotta about his photographic work for the exhibition and how it engages with the show?s theme of value.
Central Saint Martins graduate Chloe Sells is one of 19 artists chosen for Jotta?s Sum of Substance exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair. Sells talks to Jotta about her work for the exhibition and how it engages with the show?s theme of value.
Song Nian Ang is one of 19 artists chosen for Jotta?s Sum of Substance exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair. Ang talks to Jotta about his work for the exhibition and how it engages with the show?s theme of value.
Agla� Bassens, a graduate of The Slade School of Fine Art and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, is one of 19 artists chosen for Jotta?s Sum of Substance exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair. Bassens talks to Jotta about her work for the exhibition and how it engages with the show?s theme of value.
Goldsmiths College graduate Joey Holder, one of the 19 artists chosen for Jotta?s Sum of Substance exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair, talks to Jotta about her work for the exhibition and how it engages with the show’s theme of value.
Wimbledon College of Art graduate Sam Robinson, one of the 19 artists chosen for Jotta?s Sum of Substance showcase at the 2012 Affordable Art Fair, talks to Jotta about his work for the exhibition, his creative inspiration and the way his work engages with the show’s theme of value.
Jotta goes live this March, inviting collaborators, artists, designers and makers to join us for a week of workshops. Help us celebrate our 3rd birthday with a week of interactive events and workshops which draw from the fascinating people and mind-boggling projects we feature in our debut magazine, from beehive making to collage with tailoring patterns and kinetic drawing machines.
Glasgow School of Art graduate Solvig Einarsdottir, one of the 19 artists chosen for Jotta’s Sum of Substance showcase at the 2012 Affordable Art Fair, talks to Jotta about her work for the exhibition, her creative inspiration and the way her work considers the meaning of value.
Every day we wade through a world saturated in images dictating how we should look and behave. Paul Gallagher, one of 19 artists chosen for Jotta’s emerging showcase at the 2012 Affordable Art Fair, wants to change the way we perceive images in the media through his work slicing found imagery into collage.
Lincocutboy will be taking residency at the Jotta Live space in Soho from March 23rd. You can drop and print your own linocut, join a special Linocut Flick-book workshop, or just pop in for a peek at LinoCutBoy who will be carving and printing a brand-new linocut in the space throughout the week.
There’s no better time than International Women’s Day to celebrate women who inspire and create. The W Project, a platform for women in the creative industries, returns for its second year on March 8, sporting the theme of “Words of Wisdom.” Jotta share a coffee with founders, Teo Connor and Loren Platt to find out more.
Joanna Mires may have only graduated from Camberwell College of Arts last year, but her CV already impresses. One of five artists selected for Jotta?s Editions Space, Mires uses slip casting to explore collection and nostalgia, and has already displayed her pieces at the Zabludowicz Collection, Selfridges and the V&A. Joanna tells us about her plans for Sum of Substance, the emerging showcase for the 2012 Spring Affordable Art Fair, curated by jotta.
Join us as we celebrate our 3rd anniversary this March by bringing Jotta into the public realm with an exciting programme of live events, and the launch of our debut publication!
Architectural animation studio Factory Fifteen have just released this short film, shot on location during the 2011 Unknown Fields Division expedition from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to Baikonur Cosmodrome. The landscapes experienced have been reimagined as stage sets for a post nuclear future, with members of the division recast as actors navigating the ruins.
The anticipation for our forthcoming Cine Film workshop at no.w.here lab is rising, we’re finding more inspiration for experimental uses of Super 8 and 16mm film, such as this animation from a previous no.w.here lab Super 8 workshop.
Inland Studios present the wonderfully titled, Divine Party-Time, opening February 26th in Camberwell. We ask co-curator Anna Strachan, a Chelsea College of Art and Design graduate, about the curious curatorial premise; exploring the ?stuff? of contemporary anthropology.
Intel Visual Life interviewed Wolff Olins co-founder and visionary, Michael Wolff, in his home in 2011. One of the headline speakers at the forthcoming TEDxCentralSaintMartins, watch this awe-inspiring preview into the mind of an iconic figure in British design.
Jotta is pleased to announce the second in our series of limited edition artworks, commissioned by Jotta from graduates from the UK’s preeminent arts institutions.
Show & Tell will see artists and artist led organisations talk about their practice, including Mark Titchner, Susan Collis, Fiona Macdonald and Cathy Lomax as well as the dynamic duo Karl England and Ben Street who launched Sluice Art Fair – a fresh alternative to Frieze Art Fair in 2011. DIY Educate founders, Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley give us a preview of the tips they’ll be sharing.
Song Dong’s epic installation of his late mother’s possessions not only serves to poignantly trace a family’s history through objects, but the archiving of a lifetime of belongings illuminates just how much ‘stuff’ we accumulate, and dispose of.
This quite poignant stop motion animation was the winner of the Animation category at the recent Student Film Festival, hosted by LCC. Playing Ghost was created using puppets and directed by Bianca Ansems of the National Film and Television School. Watch the trailer here.
Wimbledon College of Art graduate and jotta member Patrick Mifsud?s first London solo show, ?On Different Levels? opens at Marsden Woo Gallery in London today. We caught Patrick on the eve of his opening, to explain his fascination with weaving and intersecting spaces.
We talk to Susan Mumford, founder of the Association of Women Art Dealers and director of the forthcoming Be Smart About Art Academy, and find out the top tips for artists seeking representation.
Central Saint Martins graduate Mike Kann has an appreciation of both new technology and traditional furniture and form. Crafting practical objects which have a sense of the playful, such as coasters and a bedside which change colour according to heat, Kann combines traditional designs with smart materials.
Often overshadowed by the stars and the directors of cinema, production design is absolutely vital to the authenticity of a film, particularly period films which rely upon the exhaustive research and meticulous detail of art department. Production designer Sarah Greenwood gives us some of her trade secrets.
A collective of innovative textile designers who are reevaluating what it means to design textiles in the 21st Century. We find out about their haptic approach to Dove soap.
Is beautiful design an attribute to warrant Design of the Year? At a time when the world is bereft with struggles, from economical to environmental, should the design which deserves that mantel be making a difference to the world? The Design Museum’s annual round up kicks off from today, and sees a mixture of the beautiful, the playful and the socially aware.
jotta curates the Recent Graduate Exhibition for the 2012 Spring Affordable Art Fair. Sum of Substance is a group exhibition presenting a multi-faceted reflection on how we measure the notion of value within moral, anthropological and economic parameters.
We recently spotted a few disgruntled Facebook updates from jotta members, graphic design graduates of Central Saint Martins, who were unsure whether to be flattered or aggrieved as they continuously saw their work replicated in the portfolios of aspiring student designers. It’s an interesting debate, one that USA designer Jessica Hische has confronted head on. Some words of advice for the enthused imitator…
This incredible piece of machinery, created by Royal College of Art product design graduate Markus Kayser, harnesses two abundant resource found in the Sahara Desert, solar power and sand, in tandem with technology, to create 3D objects. Not only a mind-blowing invention, it’s also a beautifully made film.
For this episode of A Curator’s View, Valentina Fois curator of La Scatola gallery in London, dispels some myths about curators and introduces us to a new young talent, Ronin Cho, a jotta member and a graduate of Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths.
Last year Wimbledon MA Drawing graduate Rebecca Foster crossed paths with Tony Kaye, director of American History X, on Facebook. From this serendipitous introduction Rebecca wound up animating sequences for his forthcoming feature, Detachment, starring Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu and Kaye’s daughter Betty Kaye, a Camberwell College of Art student. Released in France this week, watch Rebecca’s animated outtakes here as she describes the experience.
So while most everyone is already on Facebook, and many are tentatively testing the Twitter waters, we thought it worth starting the year with some positive tips from the arts professionals who are using the feed to the best of its ability.
The second in independent publisher Landfill Editions’ comic and narrative art series, Mould Map 2 explores the mutation of global visual culture over vast timescales through commissioned work from 28 artists, printed in an A3 mega-book in blindingly bright colour-ways. Landfill founder Hugh Frost gives jotta the page-by-page breakdown of the making of Mould Map 2.
This showreel of the impressive projects created by Chelsea College of Art & Design’s 2011 Graphic Design Communication BA 3rd year students really unveils what a diverse and experimental bunch they are. We are particularly intrigued and inspired by the molten metal typography experiments.
A new media artist born and raised in Istanbul, Saygin Soher was educated in ‘autonomous arts’ in the Netherlands. A self-confessed “90s Amiga demo-scene fanatic”, here Saygin describes the making of “Chance encounter on a poly-form Playground”, a collaboration with Danish conceptual artist Martha Hjorth Jessen in which a geometric tessellated sculpture comes alive through projection mapping.
Working with a range of media systems from drawing, installation, sculpture, sound to video, Camberwell graduate Alexander small examines ideas of Dyonisian and the Absurd. Watch the video work he is exhibiting as part of Future Map 11, ‘Trooping The Other’, here.
Once your press release is safely in the right journalist?s inbox, what will make it memorable? As an independent artist competing with the well-oiled press machines of commercial and public galleries, how will you project a professional image, while remaining true to your own story? Becky Hunter answers those questions based upon her experience of receiving and writing hundreds of press releases.
Rotterdam born Giovanni Martins moved to London to pursue his fashion photography career through studying at London College of Fashion. Selected as one of the designers of tomorrow for Future Map 11, watch his final project, ‘Manifesto’, a mesmerising post-modernist fashion dream sequence.
Today sees the launch of The Catlin Guide 2012 at the London Art Fair. An exhaustive list of the best graduate talent of 2011 from around the UK, it is a vital tool for curators and gallerists alike, as well as providing newly graduated artists with a platform for their work. Curator Justin Hammond spoke with Jotta about trawling the art schools for those who are going to make a mark in the next ten years, and current trends in artistic practice.
We talk to University of the Arts London Curator on the Emerging Artists Programme, Angelica Sule about the grueling process of digging up the stand-out stars for Future Map from almost 10,000 art and design graduates. Sule reveals the trends she’s spotted this year and divulges some degree show tips to help get you noticed.
This year?s Future Map exhibition represents the next generation of artists and designers coming out from University of the Arts London, exemplifying the multidisciplinary practices of these fledgling innovators. jotta use the same multi-positional interview process with four of this year?s Future Map winners, who also happen to be jotta members, in a mixed media interview.
A creative print studio which also encompasses Puck Collective, a UK wide illustration network, Puck Studio recently collaborated with jotta on our Matches Christmas window displays. Co-founder “Robbie’s Brown Shoes” tells us why live drawing is the rock n roll of illustration, and DIY print and vinyl is the way forward.
We are chuffed to announce that we’re the official media partner for Central Saint Martins first TEDx conference. Taking place at the new Kings Cross Campus on 28th of March 2012, 5 esteemed speakers from across the realms of art, design and science will speak on Emergence. Read more about the theme here.
The annual exhibition of graduating artists and designers from University of the Arts London returns for the second year to the Zabludowicz Collection. Now in its 14th year, Future Map has a reputation for unveiling the next generation of artists and designers to define our visual landscape. For the next week Future Map 11 will take over jotta.com. Featuring a conversation with the curator, a mixed media interview with 4 of the exhibitors (all jotta members), video content and more.
Katja Mayer works across both fine art and fashion photography, finely crafting exquisite landscapes, both interior and exterior. She tells us the intriguing story of her MA graduation series, inspired by the discovery of Hitler’s Mein Kampf in her parents home, and the ensuing dark spaces she captured.
jotta member and Central Saint Martins graduate Zoe Catherine Kendall is prolific. Working across painting, illustration, jewellery and the written word, a recent short story written by Zoe will be published by Gramophone Press in a book of stories about the stages of life from childhood to old age. We feature an exclusive excerpt here.
jotta member Sarah Tew’s work is currently on show at La Scatola gallery in East London. This video gives us an insight into her practice and her process.
Valentina Fois, the curator of new London gallery La Scatola, spotted the work of jotta member and Central Saint Martins graduate Sarah Tew, and has since given her both a solo show and included her in their latest group exhibition, The Face of the Shape. Fois gives us insight into what it was about Tew’s painting which first captured her attention.
Fagner Bibiano, one of the Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art graduates selected to sell his work on the jotta Editions Space, here gives us an insight into his hometown of Sao Paulo.
jotta trawls the degree show circuit eyes peeled for the rising stars of both art and design. Here are curator Ellen Greig and Design director Jane Trustram’s picks of teh finest work from this year’s crop of graduating students from London?s art and design colleges. A few of whom, we even ended up showing in jotta exhibitions!
It has been a year of epic proportions for jotta, and our third year no less. It’s that time when we take stock of the road travelled, and a chance to make some wagers on what the new year will bring. By looking back at some of the fascinating topics and artists and designers we have featured on jotta this year, it’s possible to trace a lineage of some of the hot spots in art and design, and to look to the future.
The Guinness Book of Records have been knocking at the door of Portsmouth-based artist Patti Gaal-Holmes, who has been collecting her used tea bags for the past 15 years. It’s no surprise, her epic and bizarre collection forms an intimate journal of captured moments and historical references.
jotta art director Dan Price and Creative Director Ben James decided to get giffy with some classic Christmas movies. Providing an anti-dote to the usual saccharine fare, Die Hard and Home Alone were recently voted in the Top Ten Xmas films of all time. Yippee-ki-yay!
A spectacle of visual and visceral excess, directed by artist Philip Smiley and co-directed by cake queen Lily Vanilli, Feast premiers at the Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa in Paris from this week.
As a Forensics Officer for the London Metropolitan Police, Heather Miller is an unlikely MA Photography graduate. We relish the idea of a photographer coupling forensics procedures with artistic aesthetic. Following Locard’s forensic principle that, “every contact leaves a trace,” Heather spent 2 years capturing ‘the scene’ of the crime.
jotta member Sarah Newman?s DesignBark lamps have sparked a light bulb moment for festive gifts.
jotta Editions Space artist Iyvone Khoo was hugely influenced by the diverse culture of her native Singapore. Here the Central Saint Martins graduate, just selected for Future Map 11, tells us about the range of inspirations, “from sculptural deities in temples to ancient trees in parks, from puppets to exotic insects, from calligraphy to rock gardens.”
Drum roll please….The winners were announced at the Red Bull Canimation Awards Ceremony, hosted by film critic Alex Zane last night at the Empire, Leicester Square in London?s West End. And ne of our picks won!
As the town drowns in fairy lights and mulled wine, we get festive at jotta by asking some of our favourite animators and past collaborators to create Christmas GIF’s especially for you. We’ve dropped six of these (occasionally shocking) twinkling treats for you to share as you see fit – for what could be more special than the gift of GIF.
The festive season signals a few exciting prospects, mince pies, mulled wine, and advent calendars! The Architecture Foundation and Brent Council have joined forces to create a life-size advent calendar on Willesden Green, with emerging artists and designers bringing the shop windows of the high street to life. jotta member Caroline Collinge transforms The Samaritans.
For the fourth in our epic series of GIFmas animations, artist, filmmaker, music video director and Camberwell graduate, Daniel Swan has created a liquified bitmap especially for us. Beware – it sucks you in like the vacuum that is Christmas shopping.
jotta held the call out for this nation wide animation competition, which asked both budding and established animators to enter work which reimagined the Red Bull can, using one of three animation techniques, CGI, stop motion or hand drawn. Winners will be announced this Thursday 15th.
Next up on the joy ride of yuletide GIF fun, musician and animator Dan Murtha lets loose on Saint Nic, and that lovely tradition of telling Santa what you’d like under the tree.
Do you get a mild panic attack every time you think about your Christmas shopping? We can’t offer you a magical sleigh or a team of elves but we can give you our list of this season’s best pop-up art and design markets that are sure to jingle your bells.
jotta were invited to create an installation in the members bar at the Design Museum’s big Christmas knees up, Sparkle Up The Dark. We wanted to create a massive interactive Xmas card- who better to help do that than programming whiz Paul Ferragut, of Midnight Collective. Watch the video fun here!
We get festive at jotta by asking a few of our favourite animators to craft a special Christmas GIF, each week we’ll drop two of these twinkling treats online for you to share as you see fit. Our second entry into the GIFmas hall of fame Lung has sent us a foulmas surprise!
A fleeting commercial gimmick or a new way of selling and distributing art? Haunch of Venison’s, Harry Blain and former CEO of Saatchi online, Robert Norton are the masterminds behind s[edition], selling “limited” edition digital art works by well known artists in the online market place. With names such as Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Michael Craig Martin, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst enlisted, jotta editor Millie Ross is skeptical.
As the town begins to drown in fairy lights and mulled wine we get festive at jotta by asking a few of our favourite animators to craft a special Christmas GIF, each week we?ll drop three of these twinkling treats for you to share as you see fit. First up Pimeriko’s wacky nose-licking Christmas puppy.
Recent Central Saint Martin’s MA FA graduate and jotta’s Editions Space artist Prasad Shetty gives us the low-down on the art scene in his hometown of Mumbai.
It’s no surprise that the massive cuts to arts funding have taken a toll on London?s emerging art world. London gallery Debut Contemporary and 30 emerging UK artists are not letting this get in their way. Currently raising funds to take their work across the pond for a showcase of emerging British artists at LA?s Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art.
Royal College of Art graduate Teresa Georgallis’ beautiful woven fabric collection is inspired by sound frequencies. Listen to her latest work SOUNDTEXT, a sound piece which uses recordings of the rhythmic noises produced by a Jacquard loom, while reading how she conceives these new patterns, forming a unique synthesis across the two realms.
jotta collaborator and illustrator Chloe Bonfield recently created some stunning festive papercut displays for our Matches windows. While the Camberwell graduate is aiming for children?s book illustration, she has expanded her practice to many facets of the industry, from setting up collectives and curating an illustration showcase, to facilitating arts workshops for children. Chloe tells us about her many tentacles.
Do you you look to the calendar with dread each month? jotta listed this call for illustrations around motivation attempts back in September, so we were interested to see the outcome and congratulate the jotta members whose illustrations feature. The essential item for creatives, the self employed and anyone who has a dream, but also a day job.
Flat out preparing for their launch art auction, Stitch co-founder Max Gates-Fleming tells jotta how he wound up forming an art and environment charity. Join Stitch on Nov 30 to see works by emerging artists from the jotta community, established artists such as Richard Long, Darren Almond and Richard Wentworth, alongside environment-inspired doodles by the likes of Jefferson Hack, Sienna Miller and Emma Thompson.
The first in a series of interviews with artists whose interests lie in the accumulation of bizarre materials. First up Manchester’s Susie MacMurray’s fascination with the body and protection encompasses hairnets, gloves, leather and hooks. Simultaneously on show in the V&A’s ‘Power of Making’ exhibition and her first solo-exhibition at Agnew’s Gallery this month.
jotta worked with Matches Fashion, a chain of independent high-end fashion stores across London, to curate their Christmas window displays and to create a stop motion animation for their website. Animator Dan Murtha tells us the hurdles and how he overcame them.
This week is See, the Student Enterprise & Employability, Creative Enterprise Week Awards at UAL. This year there are not one but five brilliant artists and designers from the jotta community nominated for awards!
From the Hadron Collider to an unfortunate case of art vandalism, Damilola Oshilaja, Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art graduate and one of 13 artists featured on jotta’s Editions Space, gives us the scoop on the journey of his editions, from creation to valuing.
onedotzero’s festival, adventures in motion, starts tonight! And tomorrow is the culmination of their graduate programme cascade. jotta went along during the cascade workshop to get the inside scoop on the teams and their ideas to reimagine our city.
Ian Marshall, one of the brilliant contributors to the jotta/Fallon Latitude water projections, has been selected for the New Contemporaries at the ICA. Exhibiting a four minute edit of his beautiful yet jarring Berkeley Blooms, Ian explains how his unease at negotiating the online experience lead to the film's inception, and culminates in a programme of films at the ICA in January.
Central Saint Martins host giant party with killer musical acts from Island Records performing, including alumni such as Tom Vek, for students and staff of the sparkling new site. Is it the feted Sex Pistols performance of 1975 at Charing Cross Road for 2011?
jotta has a fascinating conversation with lead 3D animator at The Mill and judge on the CGI category of the Red Bull Canimation competition, James Farrington about his journey from traditional animation to computer generated animation. Vote for the lucky Canimation winner who will gain Farrington as a mentor.
Dinos Chapman and Central Saint Martins MA Communication Design graduate Kanitta Meechobut joined literary magazine Granta for a discussion around the creation of horror in contemporary art. Dinos Chapman, who created the cover for Granta’s latest issue, talks about the necessary role of the artist to make work which reflects the upheavals in society.
Teetering between points of global and personal flux, Central Saint Martins graduate Sonny Sanjay Vadgama?s first solo show in the UK uses video and sculpture to explore the extremities of experience, when humanity oscillates between order and chaos, peace and war, and joy and destruction. jotta have an exclusive video of the exhibition install created by Sonny himself.
jotta were one of the lucky few who got a sneak preview (or pre-boogie) of the latest in director Saam Farahmand’s Video Portrait experiments, this time with CG super-house The Mill on board to create generative animations which respond to your shape throwing. The ABSOLUT Blank video portrait booth is at the Truman Brewery, London from November 17th, so get your dancing shoes on!
Creative Director of Wallace and Gromit and a judge of the Red Bull Canimation competition (and not the magician), Merlin Crossingham of Aardman gives us some insight into what he’ll be looking out for in the Stop Motion category. Think you’ve got the skills to create the next Shaun the Sheep? Enter before November 15th.
Music videos are taking a turn down realist street, with cinematic vignettes reminiscent of Ken Loach’s gritty realism and Andrea Arnold’s “Fish Tank”, exaggerated in TV shows such as Misfits and the ridiculous tenement chic of Rihanna’s “We Found Love”. When done well it’s startling. These two beautifully shot clips feature brilliant performances from young non-actors, they’re sad slices of a dissociated youth, both markedly absent of the band they’re promoting.
Central Saint Martin’s MFA graduate and jotta’s Editions space artist Anja Aichinger gives insight into the inspiration for her photographic series, her perspective on the old Central Saint Martins Charing Cross Rd campus, “a shell that was somehow still intensely infused with creativity.”
We discuss self-consciousness and the fascination with the human form in Central Saint Martins MA graduate, Georgina McNamara’s photography. In between creating work for jotta’s Editions Space and exhibiting in this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries, McNamara found time to fill us in.
Last week London’s Architectural Association School was host to a mind-boggling assembly of some of the world?s pre-eminent technologists, ?who all just happened to be in the same place at the same time,? said co-founder Liam Young. It was the living sculptures of experimental architect Philip Beesley which captured our imagination.
We share in the evil cackles Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art graduate and Dublin native Enda Mac Nally. Mac Nally sheds light on his gravitation towards “manic, distorted expressions” and offers some alternative titles for the exclusive piece he has created for the jotta Editions Space. Intrigued? We definitely are.
Currently onsite lifting surfaces from the abandoned workplace of World War 11 code-breakers, we speak to Central Saint Martins MA graduate Maya Ramsay, who time travels into disused buildings, carefully casting the architectural entropy she discovers and transforming them into abstract pieces with deep political and social memory.
To celebrate the launch of literary mag Granta’s Horror issue, sardonic duo Jake and Dinos Chapman, who created the cover artwork, and Central Saint Martins Communication Design graduate, Kanitta Meechubot exhibit and discuss their work at The Hospital Club. Meechubot’s multi-media collages illustrate “the world between transcendence and melancholy”, a poetic narrative depicting her grandmother’s battle with cancer. Read an exclusive excerpt from Meechubot’s narrative here.
A Pocket Business Guide for Artists and Designers is divided into five sections to help visual and applied arts students and graduates achieve success and make money from their work: business, promotion, legal, money and last thoughts. The book concisely answers 100 business queries in less than 250 words.
We have been bleeting about Central Saint Martins alumni all this week with the launch of our CSM Editions Space. And so too has filmmaker and Central Saint Martins graduate, Oleg Mitrofanov, who has recently begun filming a documentary about the iconic fashion alumni the college has produced, from Manolo Blahnik to Stephen Jones. Watch the teaser for Mitrofanov’s ‘I Hate My Collection’ here.
Developing Shadows is a series of photographic works that push the boundaries of art, photography and science. Self-taught, watch here how Walter Hugo creates his photography, using his unique developing technique, photographic fresco.
Straddling the line between comedy and tragedy, the grotesque and the….odd? One of the 1980’s New York brat-pack that included Basquiat and Keith Haring, George Condo’s portraiture has encompassed everyone from the Queen to Kanye West, but could never quite be described as flattering. jotta visited London’s Hayward Gallery to see the concise retrospective of work from Condo, on show from today.
With a list of famous alumni to rival any international university, Central Saint Martins is the stuff of local legend. From the bad boys of BritArt to the grand-daddies of modern painting, many daubed their first canvas as a student while studying at Central Saint Martins; Lucian Freud completed his course in 1939, Gilbert & George met and studied fine art there, while England’s best-known sculptor Antony Gormley is a 1974 graduate. Now jotta and Culture Label collaborate with the college?s most recent alumni? the graduating artists from the Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art 2011 course, to create the Editions Space.
Camberwell College of Art graduates and jotta members Millington Marriott partnered with New Gallery London to place an open call for artists films. The ensuing exhibition, selected by a panel of curators and artists, saw a range of exciting and challenging work from all over the world. Placing the role of the gallery at the forefront of its interests, jotta will continue the discussion, publishing films from the exhibition in an online space, re-examining the gallery’s role amidst new platforms of display.
Frieze Art Fair has a reputation as a labyrinthine white-walled art supermarket, among the 1000s of artists and 175 galleries exhibiting, Frieze Project curators are doing a good job at inviting an exciting array of artists, both emerging and established, to create specially commissioned live projects, spiked throughout the fair. This year’s roster demands a shift audience perspective, from micro to iPad, signs to sales.
While Frieze forever grows and expands, the off-shoot exhibitions and independent art fairs also continue to multiply. To make your week of art-hopping – beyond the Frieze Art Fair – a little more accessible, we ask Holly Willats, art guide about town and founding editor of Art Licks, for her top five hots spots amidst this week’s London Art Fair whirlwind, complete with our bespoke Google Map.
On the eve of the announcement of the 2011 Jarman Award winner, jotta talk to two of the shortlisted artists, Imogen Stidworthy and Claire Hooper. Tonight at the Whitechapel Gallery the winner will be awarded a �10,000 cash prize and a broadcast commission for Channel 4?s new art strand, with a budget of �20,000. jotta will be in attendance, so stay tuned for the results.
Tonight Overlap launches at Liverpool’s Abandon Normal Devices, today we speak to co-curator and poet, Nathan Jones, Creative Director of Mercy, the Liverpool based arts collective specialising in new approaches to literature. With inter-disciplinary collaboration at the fore, Jones tells about their ambitious and innovative programme of events, and live writing software for x-ray music.
What a weekend! Thanks so much to everyone who came along to see the Remastered exhibition at the London Design Festival – it was a great four days with almost 4000 people through the doors. We could go on forever about this show, but here area few snippets of what the press thought.
Dominic Lippa of Pentagram set a special brief for this year’s emerge graduates, and presented to the winner at the private view last night. Here he tells jotta why he think emerging designers are so important to the growth of the design industry.
jotta are covering the action at emerge 2011, the graduate graphic design showcase of London Design Festival. We grabbed some of sprightly graduates to find out more about their winning projects. Next up – Dan Cottrell tells us about AWOL, his effort to get people lost.
jotta are covering the action at emerge 2011, the graduate graphic design showcase of London Design Festival. This year taking place at TENT London. We grabbed some of sprightly graduates to find out more about their winning projects. First up, Jack Llewellyn tells us about his person to person data sharing website – Origin Network.
jotta are covering the action at emerge 2011, the graduate graphic design showcase of London Design Festival. Today Indigo Mile brought along the ever-inspiring Natasha Chetiyawardana, founder of innovation design company Future Holdings.
The Remastered project has not only unearthed an inspiring group of emerging artists and designers, but also brought artists and designers from across disciplines together in the one show, with technology as the intersection. We brought photographer Sara Hibbert, digital artist Daniel Swan, audio-visual artist Rafael Pavon and filmmaker Paul Bryan, together to talk about the evolution of their pieces, in the lead up to the exhibition’s appearance at London Design Festival.
Santiago Ortega just graduated from Royal College of Arts’ Innovation Design Engineering, a course which unveils the inventors, innovators and designers of our future. The Ecuadorian designer’s vision-warping work will be at Intel Remastered at Tent London from September 22nd- 25th, for your viewing pleasure.
Nick Knight founded SHOWstudio.com in November 2000 as an innovative, boundary breaking home for fashion film. His goal, to understand and communicate fashion across the internet. A continuation of Nick Knight?s series of stunning 3D sculptures, Knight?s Green Box Project artwork is an arresting, high-density 3D scan of an iconic, female model silhouette, Gemma Ward, styled in Dior couture fashion.
jotta member and Central Saint Martins graduate Emma Lundgren recently presented a wild cacophony of textile creations at Stockholm fashion week. jotta have the backstage shots and the lowdown from Lundgren on her success since graduating.
We talk to 2010 emerge graduate Bethan Jones, who after exhibiting at D&AD New Blood 2010, Emerge 2010 and speaking at Graphic Bird Watching 2010, she is now the junior designer at GBH, and staying busy with personal design projects outside work.
On the eve of the exhibition’s opening, we speak to jotta member, Central Saint Martins graduate and curator of the exhibition Change The World Or Go Home, featuring well-known and outspoken artists like Jeremy Deller and Mark Titchner alongside recent graduates. Recently relocated from London to Herefordshire to launch and run the Downstairs gallery, Barnes tells us about the desire to bring art which makes some “noise” to the shires.
This August Camberwell College of Art graduates and jotta members Millington Marriott partnered with New Gallery London to place an open call for artists films. The ensuing exhibition, selected by a panel of curators and artists, saw a range of exciting and challenging work from all over the world. Placing the role of the gallery at the forefront of its interests, the exhibition brought into question the structured ideas of an ‘Artist film’. jotta will continue the discussion, publishing weekly films from the exhibition in an online space, reexamining the gallery’s role amidst new platforms of display.
As London Fashion Week fast approaches, we will be profiling fashion and textile designers on jotta. The first, Chelsea College of Art and Design Textiles graduate, Imogen Houldsworth, is about to embark on a second degree, an MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martins. Exploring visual trickery with her designs, an obsession with paint led to a print collection full of texture with 3D effects.
Having won the Deutsche Bank Fine Art Award in Photography in 2010, and with a nomination for the Bar Tur Award from the University of the Arts London, London-based Polish photographer Alicja Dobrucka is certainly one to watch. Crane.tv met with jotta member and exhibitor Alicja Dobrucka in her printing studio to hear about her latest project ‘I like you, I like you a lot’.
Royal College of Art photography graduate, Agata Madjeska has accolades a-plenty, including Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010, winner of the D&AD UK Fine Art project and Conran Award. Drawn to the dystopian rather than utopian character of icons, Madejska’s photographic work examines monuments that, once removed from their given context, invite the viewer to decipher the masquerade.