The Falmouth Convention - profiles

Extraction: Projection curators

Framing The Penzance Convention and deepening exploration of the theme, The Exchange will present Extraction: Projection, an exhibition of projected image work. Guest curators José Roca from Colombia, Daniel Muzyczuk and Agnieszka Pindera from Poland, have been invited to make selections of projected image work in response to the theme.
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Convention contributors

Contributing curators, writers and scientists include: Iain Boal, keynote speaker; Dr James Allen, Associate Research Fellow at the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth; Allen Buckley, author of The Story of Mining in Cornwall and many other publications on Cornish industrial history; Esther Leslie of Birkbeck College, University of London, author of Synthetic Worlds: Nature, Art and the Chemical Industry; Shaun Lewin from the University of Plymouth, a spatial data specialist who has been closely involved in the development and implementation of England’s first comprehensive mapping of inshore fishing; Robin Mackay, Director of Urbanomic, a publisher and arts organisation based in Falmouth whose focus is on promoting interdisciplinary research; Kasia Redzisz, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern; Andrea Schlieker, curator of the Folkestone Triennial, 2008 and 2011; Dr Robin Shail of Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter and Sally Tallant, Artistic Director of the Liverpool Biennial.

Artists include: Miroslaw Balka, FIELDCLUB, Andy Holden, Andrew Lanyon, Nils Norman, John Gerrard, Lucy Gunning, Hadrian Pigott, Abigail Reynolds and Billy Wynter.

Further contributors to be announced

Iain Boal

Keynote speaker Iain Boal is an Irish social historian of science, technics and the commons, with a particular interest in aesthetics, visual culture and questions of representation. Since moving to the US in 1982 he has worked at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz, teaching the history of science, environmental politics, and community studies.

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Miroslaw Balka

Lives and works in Warsaw and Otwock, Poland.

Miroslaw Balka was born in 1958 in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1985 and worked on activities in group consciousness, Neue Bieriemiennost, from 1986 to 1989. In 1991 he received the Mies van der Rohe Stipendium in Krefeld, Germany. Balka is a member of Akademie der Kunste, Berlin and runs the Spatial Activities Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Read More

Tony Bennett

Tony is part of a small privately funded group of enthusiasts who, as a pastime activity for the past 30 years, have been rehabilitating the underground workings of a disused tin mine, Rosevale Mine, at Zennor. He has an avid interest in Cornish mining history and heritage. He is a Chartered Engineer, with a degree in mining from the Camborne School of Mines. Read More

Allen Buckley

Allen Buckley was the official Mine Historian for South Crofty Mine, Cornwall’s last tin mine, which closed in March 1998. As well as being the foremost authority on Cornwall’s adits (mine drainage tunnels), Allen is well respected in historical mining circles and frequently advises radio and TV programs on all aspects of Cornish mining history. Read More

Paul Chaney

Paul is the lead artist/director of FIELDCLUB – a four-acre field where art is used as a catalyst and facilitator to investigate models of low-impact self-sufficiency and off-grid living. Over the last 12 years Paul has been involved in a number of artist-led projects and spaces in Cornwall. Read More

John Gerrard

Lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and Vienna, Austria.

John Gerrard’s work addresses questions of power and control in the contemporary world. Many of his works are in the form of ‘virtual portraits’ of structures in the landscape, industrial facilities that exemplify the way in which the contemporary world relies on hidden and increasingly automated networks of resource extraction, from oil to agriculture to livestock. Read More

Lucy Gunning

Lives and works in London.

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1964, Lucy Gunning studied at Falmouth College of Art (1984-87) and Goldsmiths College, London (1992-94). She has exhibited in the UK London, and internationally. Group exhibitions include the British Art Show 5 (2000-01) and Big Bang, at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2005). In 2004 she was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Arts. Read More

Kenna Hernly

Kenna Hernly is the co-founder of FIELDCLUB, a collaborative art research project that investigates hypothetical, and at times post-apocalyptic, models of future land use and food production. She has also produced and curated events and exhibitions for the arts organisation and publishing company, Urbanomic. Read More

Andy Holden

Lives and works in Bedfordshire.

Andy Holden was born in Bedford, UK in 1982. Holden graduated from BA Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College in 2005. In 2010 he curated Be Glad For the Song Has No End ~ A Festival of Artists’ Music at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, and he co-runs the record label Lost Toys Records, as well as performing regularly with his band The Grubby Mitts. Read More

Nick Howell

Nick Howell has spent most of his working life as a fish merchant and processor in Newlyn. Now semi-retired, he still owns ‘The Pilchard Works’, a registered brand that he created in the 1980s when he bought Cornwall’s last salt pilchard factory. Read More

Sam Hughes

Sam Hughes is a PhD student and part-time lecturer at the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter). He graduated in Applied Geology from CSM in 2008 and went on to work as a surveyor before returning to CSM to take up his current role. Sam’s PhD looks at the tectonic evolution and granites in West Cornwall. He also works part-time for the National Trust at Godrevy. Having grown up in St Ives, he has always had interest in the natural history of the area.

Andrew Lanyon

Andrew Lanyon was born and still lives in Cornwall. He studied filmmaking in the late 60s and spent several years as a photographer, presenting a major touring show The Rooks of Trelawne at The Photographers’ Gallery in 1976. Read More

Esther Leslie

Esther Leslie is Professor in Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck University of London. Her research interests include Marxist theories of aesthetics and culture, with a particular focus on the work of Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno. Other research interests include European literary and visual modernism, the ‘everyday’ and value, memory and history, madness and expression and digital aesthetics. Read More

Shaun Lewin

Shaun Lewin is Geospatial Technician at the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, University of Plymouth. He is a spatial data specialist who has been closely involved in the development and implementation of England’s first comprehensive mapping of inshore fishing. Read More

Robin Mackay

Robin Mackay is a philosopher and director of UK arts organization Urbanomic, which promotes research activities addressing crucial issues in philosophy and science and their relation to contemporary art practice, and aims to engender interdisciplinary thinking and production. Read More

Nils Norman

Lives and works in London.

Nils Norman is an artist working across the disciplines of public art, architecture and urban planning. His projects challenge notions of the function of public art and the efficacy of mainstream urban planning and large-scale regeneration. Read More

Marcus Perry

Born in Middlesex in 1970, Marcus Perry moved to Devon as a child and then to Cornwall in 1986.  He was educated at Exmouth Community College and continued his education at Camborne College. He has worked as a mason and sculptor for twenty-seven years, drawing inspiration from the people and the countryside around him. Read More

Hadrian Pigott

Born in 1961, Hadrian Pigott graduated as a geologist in 1983 and worked on oil rigs for a couple of years before moving on and becoming a COBOL analyst programmer. He eventually studied at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an MA from the sculpture department in 1993. Read More

Kasia Redzisz

Kasia Redzisz is an Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, where her recent projects and exhibitions include Ai Weiwei Sunflower Seeds, Out of Place (co-curated with Ala’ Younis) and Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan (with Mark Godfrey). She is currently preparing a show for Level 2 gallery in collaboration with Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo. In addition to her work on exhibitions, she works on the Tate collection, focusing her research on the art of Eastern and Central Europe. Read More

Abigail Reynolds

Lives and works in St Just, Cornwall.

Abigail Reynolds took a BA in English Literature at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University (1993) before an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London (2001-2). She is represented by Seventeen Gallery in London and Ambach & Rice in Los Angeles. Read More

Kitty Scott

Kitty Scott is Director, Visual Arts at The Banff Centre, a post she has held since 2007. Previously she was Chief Curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and Curator, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Read More

Andrea Schlieker

Andrea Schlieker is an independent curator, lecturer and writer. She conceived the Folkestone Triennial, the UK’s largest exhibition of newly commissioned works in the public realm by acclaimed and emerging international artists. She curated Tales of Time and Space in 2008 as well as the most recent Triennial in 2011, A Million Miles from Home, involving a total of 41 new commissions of sculpture, film, installation, sound and performance. Read More

Robin Shail

Robin Shail graduated in Geology from the University of Oxford in 1986 and has been involved in teaching and research related to the geology of South West England ever since. He has a PhD from the University of Keele on the Devonian tectonics of south Cornwall and has worked as a lecturer in geology at the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) / University of Exeter since 1990. Read More

Ingrid Swenson

Ingrid SwensonIngrid Swenson has been the Director of PEER, London, since 1998.

Leading a small-scale independent arts organisation, she has enabled over fifty projects in the gallery space on Hoxton Street, in the wider Shoreditch community and beyond. Read More

Sally Tallant

Sally Tallant is the Artistic Director and CEO of the Liverpool Biennial – The UK Biennial of International Contemporary Art.

She was formerly Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London where she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated programme of Exhibitions, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes. Read More

Billy Wynter

Lives and works in Penzance.

Born in Zennor in 1962, Billy Wynter studied on the Foundation course at Falmouth College of Art, 1981 to 1982, and took a degree in Fine Art at Middlesex Polytechnic, 1982 to 1985. Read More