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Art in Flux: Reclaimed

Curators: Aphra Shemza (GB), Maria Almena (ES) & Olive Gingrich (GB/AT) Artists: Aminder Virdee (GB), Aphra Shemza (GB), Stuart Batchelor (GB), Camille Baker (GB), Danielle Brathwaite-shirley (GB), Enrique Agudo (GB), Kimatica (ES) Natasha Trotman (GB), Olive Gingrich (GB/AT) Shama Rahman (GB), Ro Greengrass (GB) & Maddy James (GB)

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Curator’s Tour

Curated by the three Art in Flux co-founders Olive Gingrich, Maria Almena and Aphra Shemza and featuring twelve artists from the Art in Flux community, this curator’s tour takes the audience through Art in Flux: Reclaimed virtual exhibition, exploring its key concepts and themes. As London’s foremost forum for pioneering media arts, Art in Flux is excited to present our latest virtual exhibition Art in Flux: Reclaimed supported by Arts Council England. The exhibition celebrates some of the most radical and innovative media artists of our times and showcases artists from the underrepresented spectra of society, an eclectic avant-garde of diversity featuring women-in-tech, LGBTQ+ and neurodiverse artists. The exhibition provides a virtual space of visibility for diverse voices within the media arts. Globally accessible, this canon of artistic positions, a vista of equal representation and multiplicity, represents the eclectic and vibrant diversity across the media arts.

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Aminder Virdee (GB): Aminder Virdee is a British South Asian artist, writer, activist, creative access consultant, and Trustee at UK’s leading disability-led live music accessibility organisation Attitude is Everything. She is also the founder and president of Disabled Intersectional Voices in the Arts (DIVA), a disability-focused network (currently at UAL) generating sites of creative resistance against institutional and educational ableism, and co-founder of Cripjoy, a transnational, majority BIPoC, community of practice re-worlding mental health through an intersectional, anti-ableist, and anti-sanist, lens.

Aphra Shemza (GB): Aphra Shemza is a multimedia artist and the granddaughter of Anwar Shemza. Her work explores Modernism, her Islamic cultural heritage, sustainable practice and creating art for all. Selected Commissions: Canary Wharf Group , Champagne Louis Roederer, Save the Children & Morley College. Exhibitions: V&A Digital Design Weekend, Winter Lights Festival, The Other Art Fair and Xi’an with the British Council. Talks: National Gallery X, Tate Britain, British Library and the Courtauld Institute. Press: Tate Etc, Times, Telegraph, London Live, Timeout, GQ and FAD Magazine. Aphra is also Director and Curator at Art in Flux.

Camille Baker (GB): Camille Baker is an artist-performer/researcher/curator within various art forms: immersive experiences, participatory performance and interactive art, mobile media art, tech fashion/soft circuits/DIY electronics, responsive interfaces and environments, and emerging media curating. Maker of participatory performance and immersive artwork, Baker develops methods to explore expressive non-verbal modes of communication, extended embodiment and presence in real and mixed reality and interactive art contexts, using XR, haptics/ e-textiles, wearable devices and mobile media.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (GB): Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist working predominantly in digital media to communicate the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Their practice focuses on recording the lives of Black Trans people, intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell Trans stories. Spurred on by a desire to record the \“History of Trans people both living and past\“ their work can often be seen as a Trans archive where Black Trans people are stored for the future.

Enrique Agudo (GB): Enrique Agudo’s (b. 1989) work explores the limits of digital media. Contemporary culture is infused with digital imagery, and Agudo’s work focuses on the pattern recognition of these digital indexes and shedding light on how they affect the way we behave. This feedback loop is never ending and constantly evolving, we see the world through digital interfaces and by extension, that is how we unavoidably understand ourselves. Agudo is the Creative Director behind The Pantheon of Queer Mythology, a VR short film that had its virtual premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2020.

Kimatica (ES): Kimatica are a London based creative studio emerged by our passion for art for social change, new interactive technologies and transformative experiences. Kimatica’s strategic vision merges aesthetics of light and motion to deliver unique experiences which dissolve boundaries between illusion and reality. Kimatica directors and founders are Maria Almena and Nestor Rubio. Selected commissions: National Gallery, British Council, Instagram, Veuve Clicquot, MTV, Nissan, Smirnoff, Tate Museum, Barbican centre and Battersea Arts Centre.

Natasha Trotman (GB): Natasha is an Equality Designer, Maker and Researcher whose work focuses on mental difference and neurodiversity as a way to foster new conversations and new approaches to the world around us. Her work examines different ways of experiencing and processing the world – for people with hidden disabilities, neurodivergent and disabled communities such as dyspraxic and autistic persons, through to people living with dementia; she also works with neurotypical people.

Olive Gingrich (GB/AT): Olive Gingrich is a media artist, researcher and co-founder and curator at Art in FLUX London. His work often oscillates between intangible phenomena and presence – working frequently with brainwaves, and mixed reality environments. With the collective Analema Group, the use of high-end technology results in immersive experiences for their audiences (Tate Exchange, 2019, National Gallery X 2020). His research and practice focuses on the concept of presence, participatory art forms, and the invisible across various media.

Shama Rahman (GB): Dr Shama Rahman is a scientist, artist, creative technologist and futurist. She holds a PhD in the neuroscience and complex systems of Creative Cognition and Innovation and her work has encompassed the use of wearable technology to enhance storytelling. She is the co-author of a book chapter ‘Creativity in the Twenty First Century: Multidisciplinary Contributions to the Science of Creative Thinking’ by Springer.

Stuart Batchelor (GB): Stuart Faromarz Batchelor is a London-based painter and computer artist who combines traditional media with custom software to create still, moving and installation work to explore visual phenomena and the relationship between maths, nature and our perception of meaning.

Ro Greengrass (GB) & Maddy James (GB): Ro Greengrass and Maddy James are Queer Filmmakers based in London. After graduating from Goldsmiths University in 2020, they founded the Independent production company Studio Gossima with the goal of innovative filmmaking as well as amplifying voices that would not normally be heard. With documentary work previously exploring LBGTQA+ and BIPOC experiences, and an emphasis on storytelling through captivating visual style and immersive Soundscaping, their work had achieved acclaim past the scope of the queer scene. They collaborated with the Feminist Library and Tate Exchange in 2018 and debuted ‘down there the seafolk live’ at the BFI film festival 2020.