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+ Matilda Skelton Mace

MA Computational Arts
Goldsmiths

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Matilda Skelton Mace

The winning entry in the 2016 Aspen Online Art Award was 'Sky Island' by Matilda Skelton Mace.

Drawing on the phenomenon of ‘Sky Islands’ – mountains with unique flora and fauna caused by climatic isolation from the surrounding lowland – users’ metadata are used to create particular landforms with their own plants and weather systems.

Visitors with matching characteristics (for example using the same hardware or operating system) generate landforms in a similar location to eventually build up a mountain range corresponding to correlations in metadata. Their weather and plant life reflects the geographical location of the user.

Visitors can explore this expanding world and a visual representation of metadata profiling emerges, with its implications for anonymity rights and freedom of expression.

Matilda Skelton Mace is a London-based artist and designer, working with the building blocks of reality, space, light, and geometric form. 

About the Artist

Matilda is interested in the ‘in between’, exploring ideas of implied, imagined and virtual space, the dissonance that can arise between real and virtual and the way we perceive it. Skelton Mace recently graduated from the MA Computational Arts course at Goldsmiths, University of London, having also gained a BA Fine Art: New Media at Winchester School of Art in 2013. This year she was shortlisted for the HIX Award 2015 and has exhibited at galleries, nightclubs and festivals.

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Matilda's work has been exhibited widely, including as physical installations and also in online contexts. Her work features strong use of projection and materials to transform physical space, creating sculptural interactive digital artworks. She creates her own interactive systems in C, C++, Processing, Java and HTML5, and also demonstrates a solid grasp of the requirements of physical computing. She is an excellent example of a contemporary maker.

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+ Virginia Samper & Blanca Ulloa

MA Fine Art Digital
Camberwell

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Virginia Samper & Blanca Ulloa

2015

The winning entry in the 2015 Aspen Online Art Award was Valley of Rephaites by Spanish artists Virginia Samper and Blanca Ulloa.

The work sees the viewer’s choice of website act as a stage for 12 composed narratives, which see anonymous performers move in a choreographed way across the page. By addressing the movements of migration, the work reflects the disorientation people experience when they lose connection to the space to which they were rooted. In the Hebrew bible the ‘Rephaites’ of the title refers either to a race of giants, or to dead ancestors who are residents of the Netherworld.

 


Virginia Samper and Blanca Ulloa were born in Madrid in 1991 and have been working together as long as they have known each other, combining their respective visions and interests in dance and music to develop them into digital media projects.

They both studied their BA (Hons) in Fine Arts in UCM Madrid and they are now currently studying collaboratively an MA (Visual Arts: Fine Arts Digital) at Camberwell College.

Their practice is focused on experimenting movement and sound through digital technologies as a means to explore the concepts of process and transformation; usually with film, internet, software, virtual reality and generative systems.

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Yi-Chun Lin

2014

The winning entry in the 2014 Aspen Online Art Award was Another Escape by Yi Chun Lin.

Another Escape is a digital film which drew its inspiration from large Shan shui paintings and scrolls that are unrolled and hung vertically.

 


Yi-Chun Lin was born in Nantou, Taiwan, in 1983.

He specialises in digital graphics, drawing and moving images.

His work is deeply influenced by connections to the natural world as well as ancient Chinese philosophy and arts practices.

Yi-Chun applies modern practices and techniques to express the oriental aesthetic and philosophy through his artwork. He is dedicated to introducing the oriental aesthetic to a broader audience through the use of animation and other mediums that are more accessible to the wider public.

Yi-Chun Lin currently lives and works in South-East London and his native country Taiwan.

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