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Joey Holder @ The Royal Standard, Sep 26 – Oct 26

24 September 2014

Joey Holder opens her latest show, HYDROZOAN, at Liverpool’s The Royal Standard, running as part of the Liverpool Biennial from September 26 to October 26.

Holder’s work extends across a range of disparate media; she paints and sculpts, but also creates videos and builds installations and manages multiple image streams, exploring the “structures and hierarchies of the technological and natural world” through the various forms and their abstractions.

This exhibition comes as the result a six-month residency Holder completed with Near Now in Nottingham, working with genome scientists and biochemists to research future urban farming methods and commercial fish farming. Holder’s answer is a gallery simulation of an ‘Aquaponics’ system: “a food production method that combines conventional aquaculture with hydroponics”.

See the HYDROZOAN online platform for details. **

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Near Now 2014-2015 Fellowships announced

11 February 2014

Dejan MitrovicHarry Sanderson and Ben Vickers have been announced as fellows for 15-month artistic and professional development placement with Nottingham’s Near Now.

As part of the programme’s efforts to critically explore the place and impact of technology in everyday life the three practitioners -including Digital curator at Serpentine Gallery and LimaZulu co-founder Vickers, RCA graduate and creative entrepreneur Mitrovic and Sanderson, who recently worked with led the Unified Fabric exhibition at Arcadia Missa, will be developing their work with Near Now’s support from January 2014 to March 2015.

Watch an interview with Harry Sanderson and see the Near Now website for details. **

Header image by Harry Sanderson

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Joey Holder + Lisa Ma talk @ ‘Internet of Growing Things’, Feb 5

3 February 2014

Joey Holder and Lisa Ma will be speaking about their Near Now-programmed ‘Internet of Growing Things’ residency at Broadway in Nottingham, on February 5.

Opening the organisation’s monthly talk series, Ma and Holder will introduce their collaborative practice and outline research exploring industrial agriculture, global food systems and the complex network between “animals, vegetables, minerals and other unclassifiable typologies” they’re connected to. With Holder mixing elements of biology, nanotechnology and natural history to explore the abstractions and complexities of consumption and production from the depths of the ocean, and Ma’s focus on combining ethnographic research practices with fringe communities and public perception, the work promises to cross boundaries between politics, science and technology.

See the Near Now website for details. **

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Deadline for ‘Internet of Growing Things’, Nov 11

15 October 2013

As a source of invention and geo-political conflict, the power and influence of food on the world should not be underestimated. That’s why Nottingham’s Near Now gallery is launching a collaborative commission and six-month residency programme, Internet of Growing Things, for two selected UK-based applicants -working across art, design, writing, ecology, technology and beyond -to develop new work based on “food and future-agriculture”.

Applications close November 11 and the commission aims to analogise these systems of food production and industrial agriculture as part of a complex network of “animals, vegetables, minerals and other unclassifiable typologies”. In recognising the significance of this basic human need, this is a part of Near Now’s ongoing exploration into art, design, technology, food cultures and natural systems.

See the Near Now website for more details.

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