Approved: 22.11.2012

Brass Art

Artist

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Approved: 22.11.2012

Brass Art is the collaborative practice of Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz & Anneké Pettican.

Brass Art utilise analogue and digital technologies as a means to capture themselves anew in real and imagined situations. They have occupied museum collections, been passengers in hot air balloons, directors of endoscopic filming and performed in daylight as shadowy 'trespassers'. By editing and

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Biography

Brass Art is the collaborative practice of Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz & Anneké Pettican. Brass Art utilise analogue and digital technologies as a means to capture themselves anew in real and imagined situations. They have occupied museum collections, been passengers in hot air balloons, directors of endoscopic filming and performed in daylight as shadowy 'trespassers'. By editing and inserting themselves into a variety of spaces they use performative play as a means to examine the gap between public and private experience. This includes self-replication as hand-modelled miniatures, 3D printed facsimiles, inflatable forms and vinyl decals. Their artwork returns to themes of the double, the in/animate, the miniature and the limen. Interested in the most playful aspect of 'doubling', and how it is performed within collaborative practice, they use the form of the 'shadow self' to represent this process and animate static forms (figures, silhouettes, objects) with light. In their shadow play they increasingly use 3D bodyscanning to create their own doppelgangers, combining the tradition of surreal self-portraiture, expertise in bio-medical data gathering and contemporary sculptural practice. Playful manipulation of the body's anatomical boundaries, through metamorphosis and narrative tableaux, enables the artists' portraits to shift between the real and the virtual. Their current research focuses on the creative and performative potential of 3D bodyscanning technology, 3D printing, shadow-play and Kinect on-range scanning.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions:

2013 The Imagining of Things Huddersfield Art Gallery, with Alistair MacDonald

2010 The Non-existence of the Unnamed The International3, Manchester

2008 Skyscraping Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

2007 Here and Elsewhere Globe City Gallery, Newcastle

2006 Brass Art: beside ourselves The International3, Manchester

2005 Phantasmagoria The Lowry, Salford. New audio commission with Matt Wand

2005 Text Festival Commissioned text piece installed at Radcliffe Metro Station

2002 No-place Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery

1999 Dream Inspires Better World Gallery - Ove Arup and Partners, Manchester

1999 STALK Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester - MART 99. Curated by Brass Art

Selected group exhibitions:

2013 Time For Light Bury Museum and Art Gallery

2012 Flights of Fancy Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton, Cheshire

2011 Dark Matters Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

2010 The Economy of the Gift A Foundation, Liverpool, audio commission by Monty Adkins

2010 Inside Out Object Gallery, Sydney, Royal College of Art, London, MIRIAD, Manchester

2010 Concrete and Glass  Hoxton Square, London

2009 Tell it to the Trees Croft Castle, National Trust, Herefordshire.

2008 The Jerwood Drawing Prize The Jerwood Space, London

2008 ArtFutures 08 Bloomberg Space, London

Selected artist talks/conferences:

2013 The Responsible Artist? RSA NW event, Royal Society of the Arts, London

2012 Captured Play: The Scene Unseen School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art

2012 From Wunderkammern to Kinect Siggraph, Los Angeles

2012 Future Forms Conference, MIRIAD, Manchester

2011 Pinning it down: Drawing as Capture Technologies of Drawing University of Huddersfield

2011 The 2nd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland

2011 Staging Illusion: Digital & Cultural Fantasy, University of Sussex

2011 Pairings Manchester Metropolitan University

2010 Augmented Reality: Digital Doubles ISEA2010: RUHR Dortmund, Germany.

2009  Light Reading series 9, No.w.here, London. Brass Art with Coline Milliard.

2009  Evolution Festival Lumen, Leeds Metropolitan Gallery

2007  Upgrade! New Media Scotland, Dundee Contemporary Arts

Selected publications:

2012 Leonardo Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology., ACM SIGGRAPH - MIT Press, Los Angeles

2012 Tatton Park Biennial 2012 Flights of Fancy Authors: Cherry Smyth, Rebecca Geldard, Danielle Arnaud, Jordan Kaplan. ISBN978 09571626 0 0

2011 Corridor8 #3 The Quick Slow Edition, Part 1

2010 ISEA2010: RUHR conference publication - peer reviewed papers. ISBN 978 3 86895 103 5

2010 Corridor8 #2 - The Borderlands issue. ISBN 978 0 9552672 3 9

2008 Skyscraping Essays by David Thorp & Clare Lilley. Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ISBN 1 871480 65 5

2008 Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008 ISBN 13 978 0955664670