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Laura Harrington, Kaffe Matthews and Jen Southern | ISIS Arts
Laura Harrington, Kaffe Matthews and Jen Southern

Laura Harrington, Kaffe Matthews and Jen Southern

ISIS Arts invite you to an artist talk event with

Laura Harrington, Kaffe Matthews and Jen Southern


18:00 - 20:00

@ ISIS Arts Studio

First Floor

5 Charlotte Square

Newcastle upon Tyne


Come to meet and hear about the work of ISIS Arts artists in residence, Laura Harrington, Kaffe Matthews and Jen Southern. Laura and Kaffe will be joining ISIS for a joint residency in September to develop their collaborative audio visual multi-channel musical, 'Where are the Wild Ones? - the opera'. Jen Southern will then join us in October to look at different ways of exploring the data produced through her locative media application 'comob', through visualizations, drawings, walks and animations.

The event is free and everyone interested is welcome although space is limited, so please RSVP: isis@isisarts.org.uk or ring 0191 261 4407.

The space is not fully accessible so please let us know in advance if you have access needs.

Laura Harrington & Kaffe Matthews will spend their residency developing Where are the Wild Ones ? ~ the opera,

an immersive audio-visual opera, the music of which is made from the sonification of Atlantic salmon data gathered from their migrating journeys up and down the river Tyne. Mapped over a stunning visual score made from the route and geology of the river Tyne, it will be a new musical experience

made in collaboration with Northumbrian school children, anglers and scientists with support from ISIS Arts, Arts Council England, Northumberland National Park and Environment Agency North East.

Jen Southern explores art practice as a social process, often working collaboratively with audiences to explore location, technology and sense of place. During her residency Jen will be working on Diving into Data and learning to swim with it, a project that will explore unique methods of dealing with data produced through her locative media application 'comob'.

"Since 2009 I have been developing a new piece of locative media software, working with programmers, running workshops and going on walks. A database of information has been growing and multiplying quietly in the background. What to do with all this data? How is it part of my art practice? How can it be liberated from the dark shell of a hard drive and spill out onto the page, the floor or the street as art works?"

Jen Southern

Laura Harrington is an artist and creative producer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She works with a broad range of materials and media to make works that are open to cross-disciplinary collaboration and numerous contexts. Projects both temporary and permanent typically engage with ecology and environment. Her practice often works alongside the methods of architecture and engineering within a wider cultural context in order to explore the idea of nature and environment as a complex working of human,natural and continuously changing forces. Laura is currently developing a piece of work with VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities)and North Pennines AONB that looks at the landscape of peatlands in Northumberland and its natural plant, animal and human communities. A recent commission includes CURRENT with artist Jamie Allen, a lighting intervention for 20 beach huts along the promenade in Blyth that respond to the wind. In March 2010 Laura completed an artist residency with the Environment Agency North East, developing a number of different projects for Northumberland. Since July 2008 she has worked part time as Exhibitions Co-ordinator with Baltic Centre forContemporary Art, Gateshead.

Kaffe Matthews lives and works in London. Since 1990 she has been making and performing new electro-acoustic music worldwide with a variety of things and places such as violin, theremin, Scottish weather, desert stretched wires, NASA scientists, melting ice in Quebec and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is researching 3D composition for outdoor enjoyment through Hammerhead sharks in Galapagos,sustainable vibratory interface design with ‘music for bodies’ and environmental song writing and performance with The Gluts. Acknowledged as a pioneer inthe field of electronic improvisation and live composition, Kaffe has released 6 solo CDs onthe label Annette Works.

Jen Southern is currently based in Huddersfield. Her practice sits between art and social research, she is currently working on an interdisciplinary PhD at Lancaster University, based in the Sociology department. Jen is interested in how networked and locative technologies produce hybrid places in which we are both absent and present, in which we pay attention to both local and distant people and places. Following a satellite map on a mobile phone is a good example, we are present both imaginatively in the map and physically in our surroundings, is a sense we are inhabiting both the technology and the landscape. Through installations and walking projects, Jen engages with the physical presence of local environments that are also entangled with distant communications. These works are explorations of the idea of virtual presence through mobile technologies. Through commissions, exhibitions and residencies, Jen produce installations, performances and websites to explore how new technologies influence the way we inhabit an environment. Jen has also collaborated with industry and academia on the development of new tools for collaborative mapping.

'Where are the Wild Ones? - the opera' is also supported by National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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