Approved: 13.01.2015

Chris Oakley

Artist, Film-maker

Approved: 13.01.2015

My work explores the ways in which technology modifies our experience of the world; how it acts as a mediating and transforming influence on our consciousness. I examine a world where experience requires validation through recording, editing, and sharing as digital content to achieve a social value. We now author our memories and engineer narratives required to compete for attention in a constant present tense, where histories become plastic and are constantly remoulded.

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Artist Statement

My work explores the ways in which technology modifies our experience of the world; how it acts as a mediating and transforming influence on our consciousness. I examine a world where experience requires validation through recording, editing, and sharing as digital content to achieve a social value. We now author our memories and engineer narratives required to compete for attention in a constant present tense, where histories become plastic and are constantly remoulded.

 

I have also been interested in the elasticity of historical narrative as manifested in the use of the recorded image. Working with video and digital media, my strategies are based on the reinterpretation of common mass media techniques. Methods are used that wrap fiction around materials recorded from life in reference to the increasing uniformity of the treatment of factual and fictional content in the mass media.

CV & Education

Education

1988-90 BTEC General Art & Design North East Wales Institute

1990-93 BA(Hons) Fine Art

School of Art & Design, University of Wolverhampton

1993-94 MA Time-Based Media and Electronic Imaging

Kent Institute of Art & Design

Selected Screenings and Exhibitions

2015

Alles bleibt anders – Eine Ausstellung zu Kulturtechniken im Digital, Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 

2014

Control, Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin

Lightcone, 60th International Short film Festival, Oberhausen

2013

Control, Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt

Nuclear Culture on Film, The Arts Catalyst, London

 

2012

Impakt DEUS, Utrecht, Breda, Den Haag, Amersfoort and Eindhoven

Nordic: UK Contemporary Video Art Programme, Göteborg, SE

Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

MediaArtLab/Urban Screen, St. Petersburg

 

2011

Identità Virtuali / Virtual Identities, CCC Strozzina, Italy, 20/05/11 - 17/07/11

Zeit/Time, Landkreis Elbe-Elster, Germany

LUMEN ES 2011, University of Extremadura, Spain

2010

Bless’d Pile, Installation at the Summit of Moel Famau, North Wales

Zeit/Time, Märkischer Kreis

Rencontres Internationales 2010: Madrid, various venues, 12th-21st April

SCREENING 1, The Public, West Bromwich, UK 13th March-25th April

AV Festival 10, 5-14 March 2010, Newcastle

 

2009

Toward the Sentient City, Architectural League New York

Precarious Structures, Palinsesti, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy September/October

X_Science: Cinema between Science and Science Fiction, Genoa, Italy, March

Grafika Soziala, San Sebastian, Spain

Virtual Worlds, Medialab Enschende, Netherlands

AGM_09 Under Ctrl, Quad Derby, January

 

2008

Nuclear: Art & Radioactivity, London, November 2008

Chris Oakley, Clapham Picture House, June

Chris Oakley: Retellings, Wrexham Arts Centre, UK April-June

Surveillance and Control, Centre of Art La Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Atlas of the Future, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Italy,

 

2007

Act_Interact, MOCA Taipei, August-October 2007

Notions of Wilderness, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago (June)

Bandits-Mages, Bourges, France, May

Bang Filmes, Brasilia, Brazil, May

Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam, April

Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France

PROJECTAR, Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London, February 2007

 

2006

Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris

XVIth Contemporary Art Festival (ARTist), Istanbul

Every One’s Home is their Castle, Woodhorn Project, Ashington, UK

Millennium Dialogues 2006, Beijing, China

Off the Map, Futuresonic, Manchester

Chris Oakley, OVADA Gallery, Oxford

Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France (first prize)

 

2005

LOOP Video Art Festival, Barcelona

Recontre Internationales Paris/Berlin

Videobrasil, Sao Paulo

Dublin Electronic Arts Festival

EMARE Residency, Werkelitz Geschellschaft, Halle

Dispersed Moments of Concentration, Dortmund, curated by Hartware Medien Kunst Verein

Transmediale .05, Haus der Kultur der Welt, Berlin

 

2004

Hertzoscopio, Lisbon

6. Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Germany

Moving Images, ICA, London

LA Freewaves, MoCA, Los Angeles

 

Selected Public and Participatory Projects

2009-2014 Lead Artist, Digital Lives

Digital Lives is a professional development programme for artists with a learning disability focused on digital media production, organised and managed by Film Oxford. Working with a core group of 8 members, they have succeed in forming an association with a written constitution, and members of the group have achieved success in exhibiting their work at film and arts festivals internationally. Some of the work produced was also included in a BFI touring programme during 2012.

 

2010 Bless’d Pile, Jubilee Tower 200

Created the multimedia installation Bless’d Pile at the summit of Moel Famau. Using lasers and lighting alongside high-definition video projection, the work was viewed by an audience of 4,000 at the celebration event held at the tower on the 24th October. The installation was visible from up to 20 miles and ran for a 2 week period. The project included a significant engagement element, with animation work created by students from four schools in the area contributing to a film, projected onto the tower at the 1,800 ft peak.

 

2008- Lead Artist, Explore

Explore was a temporary initiative to improve access to galleries by disabled and deaf people, involving eight galleries across the UK. Working with Oriel Davies in Newtown and Oriel Wrecsam as a lead artist, delivering workshops in video to a wide range of disabled people, from the ages of 16-75.

 

Distribution

Chris Oakley's single-channel works are now available for hire via Lightcone, Paris.

http://lightcone.org/en