Art Maps screen shot
Art Maps screen shot

This research seminar features presentations by artists Nye Parry, Simon Pope and Susan Stockwell, followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Professor Steve Benford, investigating the Art Maps project and the relationship between art, place and technology. The Art Maps project is developing a web application that allows people to relate Tate artworks to places. Using a smartphone or computer, anyone will be able to find works in Tate’s collection on a digital map, then share local knowledge to help pinpoint locations as well as add comments.

The artists were invited to explore and test the Art Maps website on desktop and mobile devices and are each presenting a short illustrated response to the site, and the ideas behind it, from the perspective of their own practice and creative preoccupations. There is also a short presentation by doctoral student Cristina Locatelli, examining her findings from a series of public engagements with Art Maps. The event would be of particular interest to artists, technologists, curators and academics interested in locative media and mapping.

Nye Parry

works across genres of music and sound art and has made work for numerous museums including the Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and the British Museum. He is interested in the structural possibilities of spatial awareness and has developed navigable soundscapes using a variety of approaches including the use of locative media (GPS) in Scratch, a collaboration with BBC Radio Drama and members of the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts at Middlesex University in 2008. Parry was programme leader for the MA in Sonic Art at Middlesex between 2003 and 2011. He also lectures at The Guildhall School of Music, Tinity/Laban and Goldsmiths Colleges and has a research fellowship at CRiSAP, the Centre for Research in Sound Arts Practice at LCC, University of the Arts, London.

Simon Pope

is researching walking as a visual art practice. His recent work has focused on walking as a model for processes of dialogue and negotiation, as explored in the survey exhibition Walk On: 40 years of walking (2013). Often this has involved walking and talking with others, such as in the film Memory Marathon (2010) screened at The Whitechapel Gallery and ICA, London and A Common Third exhibited at Danielle Arnaud, London in 2010. This work has also explored how objects appear within dialogue, such as in Carved From Memory (2009). In 2007 Film and Video Umbrella commissioned Simon Pope to make ‘The Memorial Walks’ for the group exhibition, ‘Waterlog’. The work itself furthered Pope’s interest in the notion of walking as an artistic and participatory pursuit. These ideas form the basis of Pope’s doctoral study at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford, which focuses on exploring assemblages of human and nonhuman things through dialogic art practice.

Susan Stockwell

works in many forms and is primarily concerned with transformation, exploring issues of ecology, geo-politics, mapping, technology, trade and history. Utilising everyday domestic, industrial and disposable products, Stockwell transforms these materials into anything from small, delicate items to large installations, like the recent piece Sail Away created with public participation in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, during the Hyperlink Festival (2013). Her training and specialist knowledge is in sculpture and installation, having gained and MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art (1993), but she also works in drawing, collage and has made films. Stockwell has exhibited and undertaken residencies in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. She has extensive teaching experience and is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art the University of East London.

Art Maps is a collaborative research project (2012–14) involving a multidisciplinary team from Tate, Horizon Digital Economy Research (University of Nottingham) and the Centre for Intermedia at the University of Exeter, supported by RCUK.