Future City: Artists’ talk with Craig Morrison and Thomson & Craighead

Saturday 22 March 2014 11.30am - Saturday 22 March 2014 1.00pm
Venue: University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2HE
Event Type: Arts

As part of the Future City festival of digital art, the University of Salford is hosting a series of  talks with the artists involved, who will discuss their work on display as well as their wider practice.

Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead work across video, sound, sculpture, installation and online space, using technology as a means to reformulate fundamental human questions for contemporary times. Through detailed appropriation of images, texts, and data from online sources, the artists produce lyrical works that both exercise the dramatic conventions of cinema and examine the changing socio-political structures of the Information Age. In their works, time is treated with a sculptor’s mentality, as a pliable quantity that can be moulded and remodelled.

They live and work in London and Kingussie in the highlands of Scotland. Recent exhibitions include; Dundee Contemporary Arts; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Carroll/Fletcher, London; Brighton Photo-biennial; Haus der Kunst, Munich; BFI Southbank, London; Berkeley Art Museum, California; Artists Space, New York; Tang Contemporary, Beijing and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Jon is Reader in Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, while Alison is Reader in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at University of Westminster and lectures in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University, London.

Craig Morrison is an artist, designer and curator, and curated the last two of the North Wales cutting edge Blinc Festivals . After graduating in Film and Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art, Craig teamed up with Meat Beat Manifesto and toured the world with this cutting edge music/dance company. It was this experience that led to many commissions in TV and film. His out-and-out design skills also developed into his award-winning range of accessories, utilising a copyright-protected fabric and process he devised in the mid 1990s. His design work is in the permanent collections of the V&A, The Saatchi Collection, The Science Museum and MoMa in New York.

He is also a keen follower of digital media, pushing the boundaries of what can be used to produce spectacular artworks.

Admission: Free

Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.