Diego Brambilla

http://www.diegobrambilla.com

Another Day is an ongoing photographic project that explores the constant social, economical and cultural pressure in contemporary society. The project focuses on the reactions to social anxieties derived from capitalism and globalisation, sense of isolation, economic uncertainties and environmental degradation.

In his project, Brambilla reflects on a personal level depicting a series of desperate, exaggerated or even inadequate acts by a number of primary characters within the urban environment. He creates an uncanny, dystopian world for his lone protagonists where the prospect of future has been replaced by an extended and continually repeated present. Confused and powerless, his characters seem to be left suspended between reality and dream trying to take back control and escape from their own lives.

With a poetic attitude and employing a cinematic language, Brambilla’s large format prints explore the conceptual space between real and staged, force and hesitation, photography and theatre, inviting the viewer to fill the gaps between a frozen moment and the action that the image itself implies. 

Jacques Lawrence Calver

http://cargocollective.com/jlcalver

My work looks to investigate the ways in which textiles can evolve in close affinity with themes related to contemporary fine art.

Through using a range of materials such as linen, cotton, silk, and jute, as well as re-purposed domestic fabrics, the works look to emphasize on the aesthetic and functional traits of the materials themselves. The materials are sourced from all-over, making this process an active part of my practice.

The fabrics are exposed to a range of rigorous processes such as bleaching, dying, painting and staining, as well as a process of embroidery, stitching and sewing. It is through this strong object-hood that the work finds recurring themes, with the wide use of materials, tools and techniques, and diversity in the making process.

Many of the techniques make reference to historical modes of fabric production, such as African mudcloth, strip cloth, and Batik resist dying. There is also strong reference to Japanese folk art such as Boro textiles as a means of recycling or re-purposing materials. 

My work constantly mediates between the material, and immaterial. Between concrete, tactile objects and their representations or ‘abstractions’ and as a result, the contents sits somewhere between abstraction and representation.

Yole Quintero

http://www.thetropicallady.com

William Gibson defined cyberspace as a consensual hallucination: The space in where humans collide with technology and agree to coexist together. We thought this would be another sci-fi story but what it was once as such, has become now a reality in our everyday life.

"A Consensual Hallucination" is an installation that materialises the idea of alternate realities created by technology, defining our existence in a virtual space.

This work aims to represent the anxiety generated by social aspects of cyberculture such as computer-mediated communication, interactivity, and social media, mixed with elements of cultural identity, politics of the body, motherhood, religion and femininity.

The installation is formed by 3 interconnected performative pieces.

Past is an interactive video piece that aims to represent the creation of a new woman transformed into a virtual Madonna.

Present is a physical representation of the virtual Madonna, which combines Augmented reality to bring forth the birth of a 3D baby.

Future is the conclusion, minimising the lavishness of this Madonna and confining her into an enclosed screen.

 

“A Consensual Hallucination” combines traditional media such as photography, video, and sculpture, mixed with new media such as Augmented Reality, 3D art, glitched images, and physical computing.

 

Bio:

Yole Quintero was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Quintero's practice includes photography, film and installation. She is graduating from BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication.

Quintero’s work is about performance, cultural identity, femininity, visual pop culture and politics, often evoking elements that triggers questions about social statements or stereotypes.

Currently her major interest has been the relationship human/technology, especially the social aspects of cyberculture: Social media, computer-mediated communication, interactivity, among others.