Approved: 06.02.2013

Owl Project

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Approved: 06.02.2013

Owl Project is a collaborative group of artists consisting of Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. They work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies. Drawing on influences such as 70s synthesiser culture, DIY woodworking and current digital crafts, the resulting artwork

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  • Location: Manchester, North West
  • Artforms: Environment, Installation, Sculpture
  • Tags: craft, environment, heritage, installation, sculpture, handmade, new technology, wood, woodwork, workshop, humor, interface, kinetic, machine, science
 

Artist Statement

Owl Project is a collaborative group of artists consisting of Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. They work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies. Drawing on influences such as 70s synthesiser culture, DIY woodworking and current digital crafts, the resulting artwork is a quirky and intriguing critique of the allure and production of technology. The result is a distinctive range of musical and sculptural instruments that critique human interaction with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new and often disposable technologies. By choosing wood as the main material for the iLog, Owl Project have extracted modern design principles but deflected it back to a traditional sensibility. This immediately raises questions about modern desire for disposable technology and nostalgia surrounding traditional crafts. 'Post Pansonic uppercase electronica' (The Wire magazine, Nov, 2008) 'The Owl Project are a wonderful combination of inventiveness, precision, lateral thinking and single-minded quirkiness' (Tim Marlow, White Cube Gallery 2009)

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2012 - Owl Project recent works [Solo Show], AV festival, (Performance/exhibition), Gallery North, Newcastle Group exhibitions 2010 - UNLEASHED DEVICES, Watermans, London 2009 - Kinetica art fair, Kinetica, London Live/Performance 2009 - iLog Performance, ISEA, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast Public commissions 2013 - K-Scope, Mid Pennine Arts, Turton Tower, Blackburn 2012 - Flow; Owl Project and Ed Carter, Artists Taking The Lead, Newcastle upon Tyne Water front Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Best of Manchester Award (Art winner), URBIS, Manchester