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Technology is Not Neutral Comes to Watermans

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Some Small Robots Perform…

Technology is Not Neutral, the touring exhibition of digital art, is transferring to Watermans Arts Centre in London.  Laura Dekker’s new installation, Some Small Robots Perform Recent News Media Output Concerning AI, joins work by ten other pioneering and contemporary digital artists.

The opening event, on Saturday 12th November, is part of Watermans’ Digital Performance Weekender.  Alongside the exhibiition, each Saturday, are a series of workshops linked in with the art works, and on Saturday 3rd December, Watermans hosts the Technology is Not Neutral Symposium, at which Laura will be on the discussion panel.

The exhibition is curated by Gordana Novakovic, Anna Dumitriu and Irini Papadimitriou, is funded by Arts Council England, The Computer Arts Society, and UCL Department of Computer Science and supported by Women Shift Digital, Phoenix Brighton and Watermans.

4th Nov 2016 – 8th Jan 2017, Watermans Arts Centre, TW8 0DS

XAP Brave the Tide and Weather for Art Licks Weekend


‘Tied’ Thames performance

Despite some fairly harsh weather at the start of Art Licks Weekend (1st & 2nd October) XAP took to the cold water of the Thames at Bankside outside Tate Modern for their performance of Tied.  The project made its debut performance in June for Whitstable Biennale Satellite.  This time, on the Thames for Art Licks, the artists continued their work, growing their net, with the rising Thames washing up, at times alarmingly high.  Even in the heavy rain there was a good audience, and on the second day, in fairer weather, XAP shared the beach with mud-larkers of the Thames Foreshore Recording and Observation Group.  So where next for Tied?

Pushkin House in Bloomsbury hosts The Runaway Fingers


The Runaway Fingers

Seven artists interpret the imaginative world of the little-known early 20th century Russian writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950). Curated by XAP’s Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh, The Runaway Fingers is a response, executed in a variety of media – including paintings, photography, video and interactive installations – to Krzhizhanovsky’s remarkable short stories, including Quadraturin, Yellow Coal and The Runaway Fingers.

The exhibition is hosted at the beautiful Pushkin House, the home of Russian culture, in Bloomsbury.  A programme of events is taking place as part of the exhibition, including studio visits and talks by the participating artists, Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh, Nick Clark, Laura Dekker, Ana Oak, Ed Saye, Liz Sergeant and Dina Varpahovsky.

The Runaway Fingers runs from 29th September to 13th November, Monday to Saturday 2-5pm, and by appointment outside those times.  Please check the Pushkin House web site as parts of the exhibition are closed for events on certain days.

Sarah Cave-McMullan in Blossoming Communities

Blossoming CommunitiesXAP’s Sarah Cave-McMullan has been leading a group of Arts and Crafts for Mums and Babies at the Royal Foundation of St Katherine in London E14; the group aims to bring new local mothers together with Bengali mothers from Marion Richardson Primary School, to explore and learn new art forms.

During the project, the group explored the theme of community: what it means, how we create community and how do we know when we are part of a community?  Participants learnt how to make paper crafted flowers from recycled materials, and staged an exhibition of their work.

The project is co-curated by Sarah Cave-McMullan, St Katherine’s Precinct and Marion Richardson Primary School.


Technology Is Not Neutral at Phoenix Brighton

XAP’s Laura DsSome Small Robots Performekker is an invited artist at an ambitious new touring exhibition of digital artworks by leading pioneering and contemporary female digital artists.  Entitled Technology Is Not Neutral, the exhibition launches at Phoenix Brighton on 1st September and runs until 25th September, as part of the Brighton Digital Festival.

From drone choreography, sequencing of bacteria and brainwave art to hacking reality, social media activism and telepresence, this exhibition highlights the contribution of female artists in shaping what digital art is today. The exhibition features existing and newly commissioned artworks; a full events programme accompanies the exhibition, including a series of workshops and a gallery tour.  Following Brighton, the exhibition will tour to Watermans in London and will be accompanied by a major symposium.

Laura’s installation, Some Small Robots Perform Recent News Media Output Concerning AI, sets up a “herd” of robots to “perform” headlines from UK media, highlighting some of the contemporary hype and fears around robots and artificial intelligence.

The exhibition is curated by Gordana Novakovic, Anna Dumitriu and Irini Papadimitriou, is funded by Arts Council England, The Computer Arts Society, and UCL Department of Computer Science and supported by Women Shift Digital, Phoenix Brighton and Watermans.


XAP Artists and Krzhizhanovsky’s Runaway Fingers

The Russian cultural centre, Pushkin House in Bloomsbury, is hosting an exhibition which takes as its starting point the short stories of the relatively little known early 20th century Russian writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky.  Krzhizhanovsky’s work occupies a fascinating area of science fantasy and alternative reality, providing great inspiration for creating new art works.  Amongst the exhibiting artists are several XAP members – Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh, Dina Varpahovsky, Ana Oak, Liz Sergeant and Laura Dekker.  The show opens on 29th September and continues until 13th November.

Re-Tied at Art Licks Weekend

XAP are delighted t24CG_DSC0118o announce that we have been selected to perform a new version of ‘Tied’ as part of ArtLicks Weekend 2016. Come and see us down on the shore of the River Thames by the Millenium Bridge, infront of the Tate Modern, on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October from 10.00 – 11.00am. It will be low tide, on the turn….

Photo credit: Chris Green

XAP’s Spring/Summer Show: Daylight Saving at Geddes Gallery

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For their spring/summer show 2016, XAP will inhabit the old deli and the flat above at Geddes Gallery, taking as a point of departure ideas around time, making (un)subtle interventions with and around the leftovers from the last occupants of the building.

In the store room, two lobster-sized electronic creatures roam – their remit to act out their part in the creation myth…
elsewhere, cobwebs are transported from another home and placed in delicate thread display cases…
empty catheter boxes line the deli shelves…
a collector’s hoard of used train tickets form an index, a catalogue, a demarcation of specific journeys in time.

Exhibiting Artists: Sarah Cave-McMullan, Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh, T. Croxton, Laura Dekker, Teague Flannery, Alison Griffin, Ute Kirkwood, Theresia Lynch, Angela Mellen, Ana Oak, Ed Saye, Elizabeth Sandford Richardson, Liz Sergeant, Dina Varpahovsky

Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th of May
Thurs-Sat 11am-7pm
Sun 11am-5pm

Private View Thursday 26th May 6-9pm
with ‘Bare Facts’ performed by Apple Tart

Geddes Gallery
26 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DU


Spirit of Soho winners announced

SOS winnersThis year’s Soho Create Festival runs 6th-10th June. Winners of the Spirit of Soho competition have just been announced, including XAP’s Laura Dekker.  Judges include Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery and Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre.  Laura’s interactive installation will be hosted at the award-winning post-production company, Finish, in Wardour Street throughout the festival.

Royal College’s Secret 2016 – Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh

Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh’s postcard-sized works will be part of RCA’s Secret 2016.  From 8 to 15 April 2016, RCA Secret will be on display at the Royal College of Art’s Kensington Campus. The exhibition will feature over 2,000 original artworks for sale: postcard-sized drawings, collages, photographs and sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists, as well as by promising up-and-coming graduates from the RCA. Each work is sold for £55, and all profits from sale go towards the RCA Student Award Fund, which helps emerging artists by funding scholarships to the College.

Earthly Delights at Leeds Digital Festival

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Laura Dekker’s interactive installation, The Garden of Earthly Delights, has been invited to Leeds Digital Festival in April.  The full installation will also include the touch-sensitive Psychotropic Sofa – interactions with the sofa will determine the content of the objects of desire and revulsion in the Garden.  More info on venue to follow

Royal College Interim Show

ACM_WIPshowJan2016See Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh’s works in progress at the Royal College of Art’s interim show, at Howie Street, Battersea.  Private View 6-9pm Friday 22nd Jan and continuing throughout the weekend.

Digital Women festival invite Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker has been invited to take part in the Digital Women festival across London and Brighton in September and October 2016.  The events and exhibition have been organised by Gordana Novakovic and Anna Dumitriu, and will include three generations of female digital arts pioneers.

Art Therapy at St Francis’ Hospice

IMG_0737XAP’s Liz Sergeant recently assisted with an Expressive Drawing session for patients and carers at St Francis’ Hospice in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

Local artist and teacher, Su Dean led the workshop, exploring expressive mark-making with graphite, paint and pastels with impressive results.

These monthly ‘Open Studios’ sessions form part of the creative therapy programme within the hospice, with a guest artist talk followed by a hands-on activity.

Liz Sergeant in Secret Art Sale

IMG_0709Harrow Arts Centre is the venue for the ‘Secret Art Sale’, with paintings by local and national artists and celebrities, sold anonymously in aid of Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.

Participating artists include XAP’s Liz Sergeant, painter and actress Christiane Kubrick, and actors Tamsin Greig, Anthony Head & Haydn Gwynne.

Exhibition open from Saturday 3rd – Sunday 11th October

Ute Kirkwood in Newcastle MFA Show

Ute KirLook At Me Nowkwood’s new work, ‘Look At Me Now’, is part of the Newcastle University MFA Summer exhibition at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 21st August to 5th September 2015.

“Ute Kirkwood’s work has often turned a mirror upon herself and her surroundings, but her recent personal experiences of becoming a mother have spawned a new level of interrogation.” Read more…

Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh at Chemcraft

Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh’s performative painting piece, “Being. Umbilical”, is a part of the group show ‘CHEMCRAFT’, a large international multidisciplinary exhibition featuring 60 emerging and mid-career artists from UK, EU, USA & Asia. Curator Christina Mitrentse invited artists to respond to the theme ‘For Love of Chemistry’ and to look at the ‘Aesthetic Forms and Their Opposites’ within their practice.

CHEMCRAFT is at Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road, London, E2; open 28th July – 2nd August.

Alison Griffin Shortlisted for Shoosmiths Art Prize

Wakefield Road, Alison GriffinIt has just been announced that Alison Griffin is one of sixteen artists shortlisted for the Shoosmiths Art Prize 2015.

The Shoosmiths Art Prize is an innovative project developed by Arts for Health (Milton Keynes) in partnership with Shoosmiths LLP and Milton Keynes Hospital.  The shortlisted artists’ work will be exhibited at Milton Keynes Hospital from 3rd September onwards. The winners will be announced at the Reception and Prize Giving on 30th November 2015.

Welcome Theresia Lynch

XAP are delighted to welcome the Swedish artist Theresia Lynch as a new member of the XAP collective. Theresia studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins with the other XAP members, and has participated in several previous XAP projects. This is a happy return, for what we hope will be many future collaborations.

Laura Dekker’s New Performative Installation in Netherlands

Laura Dekker will present two performative installations at NHTV in Breda, Netherlands, later this month, as part of on-going research by Licia Calvia at NHTV into how people interact with art works in public spaces.  As well as the recent work ‘Forking Paths’, Laura has created a new Kinect-controlled ‘video jukebox’.  The new piece is a participatory and interactive projected installation, in which local people have been invited to send in short videos; visitors (including the video makers themselves) control which videos get played at any time, by physically interacting in the projection space.

Lumen Prize comes to London

For thLD-in-garden-04e last leg of the Lumen Prize 2014-5 world tour, the exhibition has come to London, at the Crypt Gallery on Euston Road until 21st May.  For the opening event, the Lumen Digital Seminar invited eight speakers, including Douglas Dodds, senior curator at the V&A, artists and XAP’s Laura Dekker, whose interactive work, The Garden of Earthly Delights, or The Right to be Forgotten, is part of the exhibition.

The Other Garden at Nancy Victor

Painting by Dina Varpahovsky
Nancy Victor Gallery announce their forthcoming exhibition, The Other Garden, with XAP artists Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh, Laura Dekker, Liz Sergeant and Dina Varpahovsky. Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, the artists explore themes of temptation and paradise lost, voyeurism and privacy, curiosity, obsession and gratification.

20th-25th April 2015, Nancy Victor Gallery, 6 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1SG.

Opening times: Mon-Fri: 10am – 6pm, Sat 12 noon – 4pm

Private View: 6-8pm Wednesday 22nd April

Finissage Picnic: 2-4pm Saturday 25th April

For Love of Chemistry


Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh will be one of the exhibiting aritsts at CHEMCRAFT – For Love of Chemistry: Aesthetic Forms and Their Opposites, an internaitonal group exhibition at Espacio Gallery, London, July 2015.

Please Hold the Line


XAP’s Liz Sergeant has created a site-specific work for @TheOldCuriosityBox, a pop-up gallery in Herts.
“Please Hold the Line (while we try to connect you)” plays with shimmering telephone wires to create a visible, open network within this historic public telephone kiosk. Tense, taut and eager to receive our words as electrical pulses, they criss-cross, connect and communicate – like the charged synapses of the phone box’s nervous system – pre-dating fibre-optic cable and wireless communication.
Thanks to Herts Visual Arts