18th Mar 2016 - 8th Apr 2016
University of Brighton Gallery
'Mirror' - Professor David Cotterrell
'The mi.mu gloves' - Professor Kelly Snook
This exhibition, the first in a series of research gallery productions, introduces two new professors in the College of Arts and Humanities, Professor Kelly Snook and Professor David Cotterrell, through their current work.
Private View, all welcome: 17th March 5pm-8pm
Public exhibition 18th March – 8th April
Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am-4pm (closed Easter weekend, 25-28th March)
David Cotterrell in dialogue: Thursday 24 March, 12.30-1.30pm
Kelly Snook in dialogue and with demonstration of mi.mu gloves: Thursday 31 March 12.30-1.30pm [limited capacity, please reserve a place through A.Boldon@brighton.ac.uk]
Pilot is a series of exhibitions and events planned to showcase work in progress. The aim is to initiate a public dialogue around the intellectual and creative enquiry of researchers from the university and wider community. The work selected to be part of this series is presented in a resolved state but is part of an ongoing and open enquiry. The invitation to audiences and fellow researchers is to engage with the work as a discrete exhibition, installation, event or exposition of ideas at the same time as speculating where the research could lead.
The exhibition and related events programme provides an opportunity to engage with the research of two exciting new members of the University of Brighton and the creative community of the city. The work has been selected as a significant and discrete output from two established figures in their respective fields as well as being part of ongoing research enquiry. Both works are the result of interdisciplinary collaboration.
Professor of Fine Art David Cotterrell is an installation artist, and digital media specialist working across varied media including video, audio interactive media, artificial intelligence, device control and hybrid technology.
His work explores the social and political tendencies of a world at once shared and divided. The practice is typified by an interest in intersection: whether fleeting encounter or heavily orchestrated event, Cotterrell’s works explore the human condition and the breaks or nuances that can lead to a less ambiguous understanding of the world they inhabit.
Encapsulating the roles of programmer, producer and director, Cotterrell works to develop projects that can embrace the quiet spaces that are the sites for action, which might (or might not) be clearly understood in the future.
Kelly Snook is a music producer, music technologist, and data sonification researcher working at the intersection of the arts, science, and technology. She has backgrounds in both aerospace engineering and planetary science and was Lunar Program Scientist in the Planetary Systems Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.
Her analogs work has been featured in documentaries and films including the 3-D IMAX film, "Aliens of the Deep", and she has produced numerous CDs and has worked for 7 years at the intersection of music and science. Her current primary research focus is an exploration of harmony in the solar system, based on the work of Johannes Kepler and Hartmut Warm, through interactive audiovisual immersive environments.
The mi.mu gloves
Wireless gestural control: liberating musicians and artists from their computers and technology.
The mi.mu gloves are a powerful and flexible new gestural interface, allowing musicians to control music through movement. Existing ways of interacting with computers restrict the boundaries of human creativity. While computers provide enormous creative possibilities, our interfaces (buttons, faders, keyboards) create artificial limits to the things we create, especially in the world of music. Mi.mu’s aim is to help build a future where we will compose and perform electronic music in new ways - through the complex movement of the human body. With advanced, customisable gesture detection and mapping software, musicians can create their own sound-gesture relationships. The mi.mu gloves also have great potential outside of this domain as a general tool for human computer interaction.
Starting in 2011, a team of engineers, artists and designers worked with musician Imogen Heap to develop the first version of the mi.mu gloves. After their debut at a performance in Heap’s garden, the gloves began to gain widespread attention and demand. By late 2013, the first batch of gloves were in the hands of seventeen early Collaborators, including musicians, film composers, mixing engineers and a music and disability charity. By 2015, the mi.mu gloves made their way into mainstream popular music when Ariana Grande featured them in her Honeymoon World Tour arena show.
Professor Kelly Snook is a co-founder and co-developer at mi.mu. Her current role centres on the development of creative content and playability of the gloves, as well as the development of a robust DIY design and culture around mi.mu’s technology, which aims to be open sourced in the near future.
Kelly Snook will be 'in dialogue' at the gallery with Q&A and with demonstration of mi.mu gloves: Thursday 31 March 12.30-1.30pm [limited capacity 25 people, please reserve a place through A.Boldon@brighton.ac.uk]
As a the discrete episodic precursor, to a more ambitious developing research project, David Cotterrell and the Sri-Lankan screen-writer, Ruwanthie de Chickera have begun working on the collaborative installation, Mirror.
Mirror is conceptualized as a series of two-screen works considering polarised perspectives, drawing alternatively on assumption and objectivity; this project is designed to explore the common human characteristics that could provide a stronger empathetic bridge between strangers than their contexts, roles and attire might suggest. Portraits of individuals are constructed in a manner that they transcend or challenge place, prejudice, projection, assumption and fear of the other – while at the same time providing insight into nuanced internal negotiations and narratives.
Mirror I – Hierarchy was devised to explore the anxieties and thought-processes of two protagonists in surgery – the patient and the surgeon. The installation considered the concerns and devices by which an impending operation is philosophically contextualised and the way the mind might wander under the catalytic pressure of approaching professional and/or personal risk.
A series of rhetorical monologues, projected on screen, are absorbed as polarised dialogue. It is ambiguous as to whether the two talking heads are speaking to one another or to themselves; or if indeed, these are two characters at all. As the dialogue develops, several complex and nuanced assumptions of roles and prejudices shift from one video portrait to the other.
Recorded in isolation from context, without revealing the categorising uniforms of scrubs or gown, the conversation offers an introverted and existential portrait of the both the surgeon and the patient as they prepare for surgery. The outwardly simple video projection offers a snapshot of these complex internal negotiations of vulnerability and bravado.
The installation was produced in collaboration with the actor Simon Kunz and with the support of the Association of Medical Humanities.
David Cotterrell will be 'in dialogue' in the gallery for Q&A: Thursday 24 March, 12.30-1.30pm
Research Gallery: Pilot 1 is open to the public and will include opportunities to meet the artists and join presentation sessions.