Approved: 16.08.2006

Nathan Hughes

Artist, Film-maker, Writer, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Award-winning writer/director selected for a showcase of filmmakers whose work ‘demonstrates a distinctive cinematic or artistic vision’ by Encounters Festival 2012. Nathan has worked across multiple media formats with fluid configurations of people, place and technology (generative software, site-specific theatre, live performance) to investigate the rich interplay of mind, myth and

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Participatory projects, Creative writing, Visual arts consultancy, Film-making
  • Categories: Project, Digital, Film & Video, Photography, Research
 

Biography

Award-winning writer/director selected for a showcase of filmmakers whose work ‘demonstrates a distinctive cinematic or artistic vision’ by Encounters Festival 2012. Nathan has worked across multiple media formats with fluid configurations of people, place and technology (generative software, site-specific theatre, live performance) to investigate the rich interplay of mind, myth and screen. His production company Rough Glory Films delivered multiple media outputs for Bristol Loves Tides - a European Green Capital 2015 project raising public awareness of hydro-citizenship (ecologies of people, water and cities); and Bristol’s relationship with the world’s largest tidal reach (measured by proximity to major population centres). As a media consultant and research collaborator, he works with academics and PhD candidates from Environmental Humanities, Heritage and Human Computer Interaction. Black Moss (UK/Sweden/China) is envisaged as a nomadic research lab with an inclusive ethos and international profile, driven by interests spanning art, design, film and philosophy. This emerging entity uses participatory ethnography and speculative narrative to investigate the increasingly liminal nexus of the body, environment and technology, and is exhibiting work at ISEA Hong Kong 2016. Nathan teaches an audio-visual production module on UWE’s Computer Games Technology BSc, and has broadened its conceptual scope by introducing design fiction and data-driven approaches to students. His personal research interests engage with discourse emerging from Dark Ecology, Eco-psychoanalysis and Cosmic Pessimism to document narratives animating the Anthropocene imaginary. Recent work includes writing workshops for Integrate Bristol to develop screenplays for short-dramas used as learning resources to prevent the radicalisation and ideological grooming of young people. And the design and delivery of a film-skills & visual thinking workshop for research associates investigating alternative heritage futures on a four year, 1.6 million UCL project.

CV & Education

Public realm 2005 - PAYP Generative Community Portraits, IATMJ, Connexions, Watershed, Bristol Group exhibitions 2008 - Expocision de Obras - 'El Processo', El Castillo, Alcala del Jucar, Albacete, Spain 2007 - Open Studio , Mivart Street Studios, Bristol 2005 - Dot Venue - Arts and Technology showcase, Arts Depot, Cybersalon, London Workshops 2007 - Watch This Space, Engage, Arnolfini, Bristol 2004 - Snowdownia Biodiversity Fair 04-08, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Wales Residencies 2008 - 'El Processo', Fundacion Karvaz, Alcala del Jucar, Spain 2005 - In The Future You Will See, Meriton School for Young Parents, Bristol 2003 - Matrix Reflective Practioner, PVA Medialab, ACE South West, Dorset 2002 - LabCulture, PVA Medialab, Vivid Media Centre, Birmingham Projects 2005 - IATMJ @Rotterdam International Film Festival, Exploding Cinema, Netherlands 2005 - 'Re-imagining Shostakovich', IATMJ, Colston Hall, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bristol 2004 - 'Again Love Smashes Up My Mind', War Against Sleep, Fire Records,, MTV2 & VH1 Competitions, prizes and awards 2002 - Matrix Reflective Practioner Bursary, ACE South West, PVA Medialab, Bridport, Dorset Site specific 2007 - Project Neptune, National Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Dyrham Park, nr Bath, UK 2005 - Voyage into the Unknown 2, ACE, PRS Foundation, BCC, Gloucestershire, UK 2003 - Voyage into the Unknown 1, PRS Foundation, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol