Approved: 12.06.2012

Sophie Bullock

Artist, Maker

Approved: 12.06.2012

My practice spans video, digital, sculpture and installation. I’m interested in how digital interfaces can facilitate physical interactions and play in the real world. I use technology in a way that promotes haptic and gestural movements, and open-ended play. I think there’s magic between a human motion and a technological response that facilitates an easy access point for audiences to engage with technologies and join discussions about the wider implications that the work might point at.

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Biography

My practice spans video, digital, sculpture and installation. I’m interested in how digital interfaces can facilitate physical interactions and play in the real world. I use technology in a way that promotes haptic and gestural movements, and open-ended play. I think there’s magic between a human motion and a technological response that facilitates an easy access point for audiences to engage with technologies and join discussions about the wider implications that the work might point at.

Other recent work has been as part of artist duo, One Five West. We make interactive artworks that encourage people to playfully engage with the built environment. Through embedding physical and digital technologies into intuitive tools for interaction, we subvert unfriendly architecture and transient sites into an invitation to contribute to public space. We also use technology in ways that connects with communities to encourage participation with both artowrk and place.

CV & Education

EDUCATION
2009 - 2012
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Birmingham City University

EXHIBITIONS
2017
Revolve:R, edition 2, Foyer Gallery, UCA, Farnham
Tales of the Town, Public Art in Bollington, Macclesfield
And Now We are Plastic, The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
2016
Friday Lates, [OFW] The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
PARADOXPARADOX, HOME, Manchester
Showcase: Pervasive Media Studio New Talent Residencies [OFW], Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol
DigiLabs [OFW], University of Manchester
MozFest 2016 [OFW], Ravensbourne College, London
Hello Shenzhen [OFW], The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Whitworth WARP [OFW], Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
MadLab Showcase [OFW], MadLab, Manchester
Cache [OFW], Centrala, Birmingham
2015
8 Oct - 7 Nov, Code and Carpentry [OFW], Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham
5 Oct - 9 Nov, Contact [OFW], Mitchell Arts Centre, Stoke-on-Trent
Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Live+Loud [OFW], Selfridges, Birmingham
11-12 Sep, SLIP, Moseley Baths, Birmingham
Candle and Bell, Creative Arts Hub, Mirfield, West Yorkshire
PROTECHT, Bank Space Gallery, The Cass, London
2014
Interactivos?14: Rethinking collective behavior and action, Media-lab Prado, Madrid
ESP Showreel, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Back to the Future, Longbridge Light Festival, Longbridge, Birmingham
Fierce Festival, Birmingham
ESP Film Open, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Between Two Worlds, Vivid Projects, Birmingham
Points of View, Centrala, Polish Expats Association, Birmingham
Women Chainmakers' Festival 2014, Bearmore Park, Cradley Heath, Birmingham
Limitations, Stryx, Birmingham
Goin' Round the Wrekin, Stryx, Birmingham
2013
Lumière, The Wig, Birmingham
Nocturne: Tranformations, Stryx, Birmingham
Lumière, Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester
Flatfile: A Demonstration of Possibilities, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Lumière, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
Lumière, Power Lunches, Hackney, London
Consumption, Stryx, Birmingham
Nocturnes, Stryx, Birmingham
B. A. B. (Brilliant Art from Birmingham), Stryx, Birmingham
New Art West Midlands, Grand Union, Birmingham
2012
INTERPLAY, Z-Shed, Bristol
IZ B5, Edible Eastside, Fazeley Street, Birmingham
Minits 4, Flat Time House, London
INVASION, AE Harris Building, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
The Duty of an Artist, Ort Cafe, Mosely, Birmingham
Birmingham School of Art Undergraduate Degree Show , School of Art, Birmingham
Birmingham Made Me, The Mail Box, Birmingham
Fine Art Film Fest, The Electric Cinema, Birmingham
2010
Fine Art Film Reel, Victoria Square Plasma Screen, Birmingham
Foundation in Art and Design Show , New College Nottingham, Nottingham

RESIDENCIES
2017
Collusion AI Lab, Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence, Cambridge
2016
PARADOXPARADOX, HOME, Manchester
New Talent Residency, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol
2015
MSB2015, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, S1, Sheffield and Stryx, Birmingham
TPWM micro-residency, A3 Project Space, Birmingham
Artist in Residence as One Five West at Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham
2014
Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Programme, SEPP: Digital, MediaLab Prado, Madrid
Weekend Shift with Back Lane West, Back Lane West, Cornwall
C PAGES, Toast, Manchester
2013
GO West, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham
Weekend Shift with Back Lane West, Stryx, Birmingham

COMMISSIONS
2017

R&D AI Project, in_collusion, Cambridge
2016
The Wardrobes Project, The REP Birmingham
Code and Carpentry, Fierce Festival, Birmingham
2015
Research and Development project with Birmingham Camera Obscura
2014
Interactive Light and Sound Installation for Longbridge Light Festival: Back to the Future, Birmingham
Site-specific artwork for Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Participatory public artwork for Women Chainmakers' Festival 2014, Friends of the Women Chain Makers, Cradley Heath, Birmingham

AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS
2017

Professional Development Bursary from a-n
2016
Arts+Tech Feasibility Study Funding [OFW], Innovate UK
2015
Grants for the Arts, for Camera Obscura project, Arts Council England
Selected for R&D project for Birmingham Camera Obscura
Grants for the Arts, for One Five West project, Arts Council England
2014
Selected for Fierce FWD 2014 Artist Development Scheme, Part Two: Bursary, producing/curatorial support with Anna Horton, to produce site-specific piece for Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Selected for Fierce FWD 2014 Artist Development Scheme, Part One: A micro-bursary to develop a live event, in collaboration with Anna Horton, Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Selected for Testing Ground: Master Class, 2014, Zabludowicz Collection, London
2012
Selected for New Art West Midlands 2013 bursary, Grand Union, Birmingham
Shortlisted finalist for Next Generation Shorts, IdeasTap/Mac Birmingham, Birmingham
Winner of Ikon's Fine Art Prize 2012, Birmingham
Winner of Associated Architects Fine Art Prize and Commission, Birmingham

PROJECTS
2014 - Present

One half of One Five West [OFW], collaboration with Anna Horton
2013
Curator of Light Capture, Stryx, Birmingham: Group video art exhibition selected from an open call [link to documentation].
2012 - 2015
Co-Founder/Director of Stryx: Artist-run project space and studios in Digbeth, Birmingham.

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS
2015

PROTECHT, text by Alice Montanini, [link to online publication]
2014
"Potfolio Careers", Axisnotes 2014, January 2014 - [link to online publication]
2013
Lumière, 2013, Paul Harrison and Catriona Mackie
Gareth Weston, "Sophie Bullock - Young Creatives Interview", Creative Bham, (blog), April 2013 - [link to article]
New Art West Midlands 2013, Artist texts by Lisa Bauchamp, Rachel Bradley and Cheryl Jones, February 2013
2012
"Fine Art students celebrate success", Birmingham City University, June 2012 - [link to article]