The new artists have now been appointed for the third year of the Artist Residency programme of the North West Cambridge Development: Lise Autogena, Joshua Portway and Ruth Ewan.
The Artist Residency programme is the backbone of the public art strategy that will run throughout the duration of the North West Cambridge Development. Artists are appointed each year and the programme encourages collaboration between artists and departments within the University. In the 2015/2016 year of the residency programme, Autogena and Portway will work with The Sainsbury Laboratory and Ruth Ewan with the North West Cambridge Development Project Team. The residencies will result in a range of outcomes, which might include exhibitions, events, performances, art installations, talks and workshops.
The strategy aims to deliver a public art programme that centres on a thorough understanding of place, developing a distinctive identity for the North West Cambridge Development and setting a standard for public art that has the potential to be a benchmark for best practice nationally and internationally.
Public engagement is central to the art strategy: it will support the development by creating dynamic community experiences and provide resonant art encounters that give voice to the unique character of the area. For the latest news on forthcoming events and outcomes that result from the Residency programme see www.nwcambridgeart.com
Contemporary Art Society and InSite Arts have developed the Public Art Strategy for the North West Cambridge Development on behalf of the University of Cambridge.
Joshua Portway and Lise Autogena (working with The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University)
Autogena and Portway have worked together since the early 1990's, developing large scale performances, multimedia installations and site-specific work, usually in collaboration with organisations and experts across many specialised fields. In their work they have sought to transform aspects of cultural and technical history, which typically remains below the level of everyday consciousness, into a shared experience of open possibilities. They have an interest in how visual language, technological interfaces and aesthetic form can impact on collective processes, and thereby open up new processes of inquiry; and the wider potential and impact of these processes on society.
Lise Autogena is a Danish visual artist and a Professor of Cross-Disciplinary Art at The Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI) at Sheffield Hallam University.
Joshua Portway and Lise Autogena live and work in London
Ruth Ewan (working with the North West Cambridge Development Project Team)
Ewan's work takes many forms including events, installation and printed matter. Her practice explores histories of radical, political and utopian thought, bringing to light specific ideas in order to question how we might live today. Often engaging with others, Ewan's projects involve a process of focused research and close collaboration – in the past she has worked with historians, magicians, traditional crafts people, horticulturalists, archeologists, musicians, bakers and children.
One of her best-known works 'A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World' (2003 – ongoing), invites listeners to select tracks from a CD jukebox containing over 2,200 politically motivated songs. In 2012 she produced 'Liberties of the Savoy', taking inspiration from the Peasant's Revolt of 1381, for which over 200 teenagers from east London took over The Savoy's decadent Lancaster Ballroom. Several recent projects have engaged with alternative perceptions of time, 'We Could Have Been Anything We Wanted to Be' for the Folkestone Triennial 2011 and 'Back to the Fields' at Camden Arts Centre 2015 which brought to life the French Republican Calendar and decimal clock.
Ruth Ewan lives and works in London.