Amy Cartwright / Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh / T. Croxton / Laura Dekker / Mila Dolman / Teague Flannery / Ute Kirkwood / Maria Kulikovska / Dave Lukes / Theresia Lynch / Alix Martínez Martínez / Angela Mellen / Howard Melnyczuk / Ana Oak / Estera Parker / Harrison Pearce / Sabrina Recoules-Quang / Ed Saye / Dagmar Schürrer / Liz Sergeant / Dina Varpahovsky
Amy Cartwright is a London based dance performer, choreographer and coder. Creating computational choreographies that use technology within live performance.
Amy is interested in questioning the inherent humanity involved in dance performance and researching how computational processes, particularly artificial intelligence, can be used with live dance performance. Exploring possibilities around wearable technologies, non-human performers and computational choreography.
Amy has performed with such esteemed dance practitioners as Seke Chimutengwende, Suse Tietjen, Ceyda Tanc Dance, Rachel Erdos, Jack Webb, Bill Robins, and Bahar Fattahi. She has also worked frequently as a freelance choreographer on various performance projects and commissions around London, the UK and Europe.
Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh is an artist and curator based in London. XAP member since 2012. She has organised several events, discussions, talks and exhibitions including Pushkin House in London. She is an active participant of festivals and Art-Biennials, including Manifesta 11 in Zurich, Frieze in London, ArtLicks, Whitstable Biennale. Anya has taken part in many group shows and competitions in London, Moscow, New York, Vancouver, Zurich and Dubai. She has been finalist and winner in the following prizes: Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, Aitmatov’s Academy, Red Collection, HIX ART Award, the Khojaly Peace Art Prize. Her works are in public and private art collections across the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Germany.
2012 BA Fine Art First Class Honours, Central Saint Martins UAL
2017 MA in Painting , Royal College of Art
This process/practice tends to be represented in concepts/words/letters avoiding fabrication of physical objects, exploring how to represent the idea of nothing/nothingness
Laura Dekker’s work explores the reciprocal roles of technologies in how we experience, make sense of, and construct ourselves and our world. Her interactive installations combine physical materials, layered video, audio, robotics and machine learning. There is always a performative aspect – at the point of production, reception, or both.
Her work is shown internationally at festivals, museums, parkland, historical sites and urban public spaces. She was selected for the Lumen Prize world tour (2014-6), and invited to join pioneering digital women artists in Technology Is Not Neutral (2016) and V&A Digital Futures (2017).
Mila Dolman studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Stroganov Moscow State University of Art and Industry and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Currently she is studying MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London.
Mila participated in several projects of the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, in the special projects of the VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, in the main program of the XI International Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, VI Artbat Fest festival in Almaty and The Independent Artist Fair 2015 in London. Dolman was ranked first in the Absolut Space 2015 competition for young artists.
She works in installation and performance, makes wooden, metallic, ceramic and fabric sculptures. Mila lives and works in Moscow and London.
Teague Flannery’s work is about an individual sense of place – place remembered, place imagined and the actual physical location itself. Teague is inspired by transformations of loved and familiar sites and the anxiety evoked by urban change. She is interested in how city space is shared and the infinite stories that contribute to how a place may be understood, in particular the details that can be lost, misunderstood or forgotten. Collecting memories, observations and personal stories is a way of responding to the never ending change to our surrounds. Teague has a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins.
Ute was born in Munich, Germany and has been living and working in the UK since 2005. After completing the BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2010, she went on to open up her kitchen for exhibitions and has shown work in various shows with XAP. She gained her MA in Fine Art at Newcastle University in 2015.Ute’s work and research deals with human relationships, mental health and non-free movement or confinement. She explores issues of women and mental health with references to art historical paintings and sculpture.
Maria Kulikovska was born in 1988, Kerch, Crimea, Ukraine. She is an artist, architect, actionist, and curator. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv (MA in Architecture, 2013) and the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Stockholm (2016). In her arduous performances Kulikovska explores not only her body’s limits and fragility but also women’s bodies in public space. Her work is also influenced by the political situation in Ukraine, where she addresses the conflict with Russia, the annexation of her homeland Crimea, and the problems of displaced persons in Ukraine.
Dave Lukes, sustainability advocate and avid repairer. Mr Fix to his friends and to the endless stream of strangers who seek him out at his own and other people’s repair events around town. Co-Founder and all round ‘power to the people’ person at Hackney Fixers, and a core Restarter at The Restart Project, frequently asked to do it on camera … and on radio, for the BBC et al.
Theresia was born in Stockholm; she lives and works in the UK.
Through the varied media of photography, drawing, painting, installations, and video, she investigates what it means to be alive today. Her approach is sometimes political, direct, unveiled & blunt, while at other times the work is more multilayered, poetic and ambiguous.
“What you see, is not necessarily the truth, or even my truth…”
She urges to expose the intricate fabric of social relations based on identity, culture, and subjectivity, addressing roles in society with particular reference to sexuality, objectification, violence and the interface between our inner and outer selves.
Alix Martínez Martínez
Alix Martínez Martínez is a Galician artist based in London. Alix M. studied FA in Salamanca-Spain (Graphic Design and Visual Communication). She continued her education in Germany at the Georg Ohm Fachhochschule Nürnberg. Afterwards at Scuola Politecnica di Design school in Milan.
As an artist, the starting point for her works often comes from her own personal experiences. Alix reflects on universal emotions and the relationship between humans with technology. In order to help her express her view of the world, she has worked through the years, with varied materials and tools. These include watercolour, acrylic, photography or creative coding.
Angela Mellen’s practice explores attributes of phenomena to offer insight and imagination as an antidote to conformity and constraint. She works with various media, including multi-process photopolymer and lino printing, and performance. Angela has a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins 2012. Angela is a founding member of XAP, Cross Arts Projects. She conceived and curated the performance ‘Tied’, shown at Art Licks Weekend, October 2016 and Whitstable Biennale Satellite, June 2016. She has had numerous exhibitions in London with fellow XAP Artists.
Howard Melnyczuk is an artist investigating contemporary culture through critical theory, art practice and research. His practice explores technology as a site in which contemporary political structures are both built and maintained. His work reveals alternative forms of understanding, problematise cultural norms surrounding technology, and unpack the false assumptions that re-enforce hidden operations of power and control.
Howard’s work combines video, photography, design, sound, writing and publishing with computational technologies and code. By combining different media formats, he brings out the commonalities in form and structure that provide an understanding of how cultural materials operate.
In an almost self-anthropological way I try to approach spaces of vulnerability, creating new sets of ‘relationships’, (un)easing the transition between, disrupting the strata of existing power-structure that predetermines our knowledge.
Often focusing on the implications of social policies and its affect on the other. Using sculpture, sound/video, performance and more to look at the effects of change and arrangements both externally and internally.
Ana Oak is a London based visual artist from the United States. She was recently selected to take part in ‘Foreignness’, a British contemporary video art exhibition in Batumi, Georgia. Other exhibitions include ‘Runaway Fingers’ at Pushkin House and ‘Daylight Savings’ at Geddes Gallery (curator and artist).
Estera Parker is a Costume Designer and Maker based in London.
She creates work for stage and screen, exploring the crossover between disciplines.
Main interest of her work are interactive and performative costumes. Estera likes to challenge the audience with conceptual designs and performers with restricting costumes, hoping that physical constraints may evoke true emotions and it will push the movement into unexpected territory.
Adventurous and risk taker. More than anything she respects freedom.
Her stage work was lately seen in Laban Theatre, Novello Theatre, Charing Cross Theatre, and Cafe de Paris. She exhibited her work previously in Rich Mix and was a finalist of an international competition World of Wearable Art in New Zealand.
Her recent interest involves exploring the influence of the technology on our mind and body consciousness. For the first time ever she leaves the safety mannequin space for a warehouse space to marry an installation and costume.
Harrison Pearce is a multidisciplinary artist, living and working in London. His works come from autobiographical events and he draws from these to explore philosophical ideas, with an emphasis on the mind, body, language and experience. His practice often combines sculpture, engineering, coding, sound and music to make large-scale installations. Stemming from the mind-body problem his work looks at contemporary belief systems in which scientific or technological evidence can determine first-hand sensation. These often-industrial looking apparatus behave in uncanny ways, shifting unpredictably between the mechanical and the bodily, often making them simultaneously comical and threatening.
Pearce graduated from the MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in September 2017 and holds an MA in Philosophy.
Vietnamese, born in France, Sabrina is a puppeteer and shadow theatre performer who is exploring the similarities and synergies between shadow theatre, embodiment and computational practice.
Introspections or interactions, Sabrina’s installations made of wood, paper, automata and found objects invite us to an emotional and playful response. Animated projections and recorded voices share their memories when shadows, puppets and masks reveal the truth. Computation helps the process of amplification and distortion, making things move and speak. Her creations have been performed and exhibited in London, Berlin, Paris and Malta. Her work mainly experimental, explores themes of motherhood, identity and memories.
Ed Saye’s recent paintings represent shadowy places, people and things as fragments of fictions and memories. Each painting is a different version of a faded idyll where uncanny scenes dissolve into intricate pattern and abstraction; figures become lost in deep shadow; detail is erased.
Ed Saye lives and works in London and Hampshire. He studied for his MFA at the Slade, UCL and has since exhibited at Museum 52, Rod Barton, APT Gallery, Blythe Gallery and Geddes Gallery, London. In 2016 he had a solo exhibition at The Foundry Gallery, also in London.
Dagmar Schürrer is a Berlin-based artist from Austria, who studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Since her graduation in 2011 her work was selected, amongst others, for New Contemporaries 2011 at the ICA, London, the 2013 Impakt Festival in Utrecht, NL, or the Fullframe Festival 2014 at the MUMOK Kino, Vienna. She was shortlisted for the Berlin Art Prize in 2013 and in 2016 she was accepted for the Goldrausch Künstlerinnen scholarship in Berlin. In both 2013 and 2016 she was shortlisted for the Tenderpixel Award in London, UK. In 2016 she was selected to show her work at the 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art.
Liz Sergeant is a British artist who examines the artist’s role as a catalyst for change, through interventions, installations and playful disruptions. Working across a variety of media, including performance, Liz’s practice explores the way art can be experienced – in galleries, public spaces, heritage sites or schools – and tests the notion of art as a participatory outcome and/or collaborative event. Since graduating in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, Liz’s work has been selected for exhibition by SpaceStation65, Re:Kindle Public Arts, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, Moving Image Margate, the Satellite programme at Whitstable Biennale and London’s ArtLicks festival.
Dina Varpahovsky was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and lives and works in the UK since 1999. Since graduation from Central Saint Martins in 2012, Dina has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions, including Clyde & Co Community Art Project, The London Group Centenary, Worcester Open 2013, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects space in 2014, Whitstable Biennale satellite programme 2016 and Exceptional Art Award at Collyer Bristow gallery in 2017. Dina has completed her MA Fine Art studies at City and Guilds of London Art School in 2016.