Approved: 29.03.2008

Ken Byers

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Approved: 29.03.2008

My visual arts practice concerns making materiality, of possible worlds, alluding to and suggesting states beyond the four senses, and building worlds that seem to have credible dimension, suggesting alternative structures, futuristic environments, through the media of experimental films, structural animation, sound art, constructed images, multi-media work, programming, computer generative art. The

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  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, North East
 

Biography

My visual arts practice concerns making materiality, of possible worlds, alluding to and suggesting states beyond the four senses, and building worlds that seem to have credible dimension, suggesting alternative structures, futuristic environments, through the media of experimental films, structural animation, sound art, constructed images, multi-media work, programming, computer generative art. The context that this work is placed, aligned with the current philosophical issues of Deleuze, Virilo, Baudrillard, Barthes, psychology & perception. These deep aspects of psychological content which we identify with are used as framework for moving image/sound installations that seek to evoke alternative but very real states of being. The experimental media, explored in my work examines perception beyond the normal conscious mode, exploring subliminal, feelings, synesthesia, alternative and suggestive structures, and leaves out the narrative formula's that is built into film psychology, but paying attention to the reason and dynamics that cause psychological captivation of the whole being of a person. The work explores movement and perceptual processes as a language, in animation, in relation to the aesthetics of the constructed image. The processes of generative art, opens up further possibilities, beyond mental frameworks, authorship, in both visual and sound art.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - PhD practice based, digital media installation., University of West Scotland, UK 2006 - C++. Advanced Programming for Games. , University of Northumbria., Newcastle 2005 - MA Media Production (TV & Video), University of Sunderland, Sunderland 1990 - MA Fine Art, University of Northumbria, Newcastle 1977 - BA. Art & Psychology, University of Lancaster, Liverpool Solo exhibitions 2007 - Alexey von Schillpe Gallery, University of South Connecticut 2000 - Alternative Language, 2001 Le Val Art Gallery., Novosibirsk. Siberia. Russia. 2000 - Diverse Interactions, Polygon Gallery. Foundation of Free Culture., St. Petersburg. Russia. Group exhibitions 2009 - Platform09, Star and Shadow, Newcastle upon Tyne 2008 - Transient Realities, Connecting Principle. Culture Lab, University of Newcastle 2007 - 10th Generative Art Conference, Milan University, Milan 2006 - 6th Generative Art Conference. , Milan University., Italy 2006 - Gene Culture. Liverpool Biennial Indepenndents, Slaughterhouse Gallery, Liverpool 2004 - Drawing 04. , Ruskin Mill. Stroud Valley Arts. , Nailsworth. 2003 - 'DidgeMonde' Art & Technology Open 2003, Orleans House Gallery, London 2003 - DUALISM, Galleria Domenicio Li Muli, Trapani. Italy 2001 - 2ND International Graphics Biennale. , NKG Galley. The State Art Museum., Siberia.Russia 2001 - Motion symbolism, Matrix International Art Exhibition. , Sacramento. CA. USA. 1999 - 'Dialogues' 4th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Manege, St. Petersberg. Russia 1999 - Selected Works, Les Oreads Gallery., Moscow 1999 - The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.UK Artist talks 2007 - Sound Generated Imagery, 2007 10th Generative Art Conference. Milan University. , Italy Workshops 2008 - 2008 ‘Better than Reality’ Virtual Environments Workshop. , V2 Lab. Institute for Unstable Media ., Rotterdam. 2008 - TRANSISTOR 2008, Stelarc and Louise-Phillipe Demures‘Robots, Motion Capture, Special effects’, CIANT. Prague., Czech 2007 - Meta-physical Computing., Digital Research Lab. , Huddesfield 2003 - Java.Programming and Programm Design., School of Informatics. MSc Module. University of Northumbria. 2003, Newcastle Residencies 2007 - Artists Residency, I-Park, Connecticut. USA 2001 - Artists Residency, Kulturhuset USF., Bergen. Norway 2001 - I-Park Artists Residency, I-Park Artists Enclave, Connecticut. USA Projects 2006 - 2006 Gene Culture, Liverpool Biennial. Independents, Liverpool 2005 - Alternative Structures animation, University of Sunderland, Sunderland