Owl Project Artist Talk
Friday 22 May 2015
1pm – 2:30pm
Social Space @ Glasgow Sculpture Studios
2 Dawson Rd, Glasgow
FREE, no booking required
Manchester based collective Owl Project are GSS’s first guest artists to embark on a journey of exploration as our canal based artists-in-residence as part of our Learning & Engagement project Creative Cargo. Working collaboratively and in response to the local communities in our area and directly inspired by the history, environment and future aspirations for the Forth and Clyde Canal, the artists will create a new body of performative and sculptural work to be launched in the Summer.
Owl Project will work with various Young People and adult groups across North Glasgow and will focus on collaborative approaches to sound work, working directly with local music groups, working to create new sound based installations and focusing on the fusion of woodwork and technology, adapting their existing synth based projects to the sounds of the area and its communities.
Owl Project is a collaborative group of artists consisting of Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. They work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies.
Drawing on influences such as 70’s synthesiser culture, DIY woodworking and current digital crafts, the resulting artwork is a quirky and intriguing critique of the allure and production of technology. Owl Project make a distinctive range of musical and sculptural instruments that question human interaction with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new and often disposable technologies.
Owl Project have performed and exhibited internationally. Recent highlights includ a commission by ‘Mid Pennine Arts’ to make ‘K-scope‘ a site specific installation at Turton Tower, Blackburn, and solo show at Bildmuseet Umea, Sweden. Sound Lathe continues to be shown as part of Sound Matters a touring show curated by the crafts council. Previous performances include at Les Urbaines Festival (Lausanne, Switzerland), SARC, (Belfast, Ireland) as part of ISEA 2009, and a solo show at Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway, 2008. Sound Lathe 2005 installation/performance became headline act at the Sonic Arts Network EXPO 2006 event in Manchester. In 2007 Owl Project were commissioned by Lovebytes, Sheffield. Sound Lathe was shortlisted & exhibited for the SHARE prize (Torino, IT) 2008. In 2009 they won Urbis’s ‘Best of Manchester Award’.
Commissioned by Glasgow Sculpture Studios as part of the Creative Cargo programme
This project has been very kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation