Interview: Ivan Michael Blackstock
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by Mahoro Seward
1w ago
The dance artist and choreographer on the intense process and personal experiences that went into creating the award-winning Traplord. ‘Dance is the way I communicate’, says Ivan Michael Blackstock. ‘I’ve never thought of it as something separate from me’, a truth that makes itself clearly felt over the course of an hour’s conversation with the 36-year-old choreographer and dance artist, whose award-winning show Traplord was commissioned by and premiered at 180 Studios. Though the setup of our chat is conventional – we sat across from one another on office chairs – the words he speaks convey b ..read more
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Interview: VTSS & Actual Objects
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by Claire Mouchemore
2w ago
LA-based studio Actual Objects on how they suspended reality in their collaboration with electronic musician VTSS. In the opening scene for VTSS’s Notoriously Fast music video, a lone motorcyclist speeds around a bend on the edge of a dark forest. As night falls, the rider blends in with the looming sky above and the asphalt that lines the road below. The unknown biker journeys on, blazing through a green-lit vortex-like underground tunnel that blurs into the background as the biker gains speed, clearly impatient to reach their destination. Suddenly the video cuts to a flash of scene ..read more
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Interview: Theo Triantafyllidis
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by Günseli Yalcinkaya
2w ago
The digital artist on how Mark Zuckerberg’s sterile vision of the metaverse inspired his latest online multiplayer game. Theo Triantafyllidis’s latest project is an online multiplayer game called Feral Metaverse. Still in the early stages of development, the game takes place in a bare and strange environment, where players must work together to solve an undisclosed goal that reveals itself over time. There’s no text or speaking functions, and the map is intentionally disorientating. “I’m trying to get players to develop their own ways of communicating based on choreography and body movement ..read more
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Interview: Klein
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by Fact
3w ago
South London friends and collaborators Klein and Curtly Thomas on identity, experimentation and technology. Klein redefines what it means to be an artist for the precarious composite of the now. To list the variety of roles she plays would be to miss the point of her wide-ranging practice, a mode of playful experimentation that sees her adopting, rearranging and discarding the conventions of discipline, genre and form so rapidly that it can be tough to keep up. At once prolific and obfuscating, she is just as likely to upload a project to YouTube without telling anyone as she is to collaborate ..read more
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Interview: 33EMYBW
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by Merilyn Chang
1M ago
How prehistoric biota inspired the SVBKVLT artist’s captivating new album, Holes of Sinian. This feature was originally published in Fact’s F/W 2023 issue, which is available to buy here. “The failure of evolution is not decisive,” SVBKVLT’s 33EMYBW says, when asked about the concept behind her upcoming album Holes of Sinian. She thinks for a moment longer then says, “I can send you more information over email if this doesn’t make full sense.” For the past decade or so, China’s underground scene has remained partially elusive to the West. The internet has parted digital curtains to reveal ..read more
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Ibby Njoya – Mustafa
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by Charlene Prempeh
1M ago
180 Studios resident artist showcases his passion for transmuting colour. Ibby Njoya feels colour. “I see emotions. [Colour] is the way for me to translate some of the things that I can’t write or find the right way to say when I’m talking,” he explains. Njoya’s vivid, whimsical practice is evident in his collaborations with Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, and his celebrated art installations for 180 Studios, such as Mustafa – which premiered as part of 2022’s Future Shock exhibition. “My goal was to always be an artist and to have the freedom to create in any form,” he says. Colour is the st ..read more
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Interview: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
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by Gazelle Mba
1M ago
The digital media artist on challenging the art world’s exclusion of Black trans people and creating art through interactive technology. While the possibilities of who we can be are endless, digital embodiment comes with its risks and dangers, especially for those who inhabit marginalised bodies. Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s intervention into the discourse of bodies and technology takes the form of the construction of a Black trans archive that allows her to memorialise those who have come before her, documenting their lives. This work of remembrance cannot be detached from the work of imagin ..read more
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Es Devlin x 180 Studios
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by Sean Bidder
1M ago
Artist and polymath Es Devlin shows no sign of slowing down… Devlin recently featured on the cover of the latest print issue of Fact, released her first record with The Vinyl Factory, published her extensive monograph and showcased a new short film at both Factory International in Manchester and 180 Studios in London. These seemingly disparate projects are drawn into a whole by Devlin’s ability to weave together art and music across a variety of fields, as she reveals in this new short film shot at 180 Studios. Devlin, who recently released An Atlas Of Es Devlin via The Vinyl Factory – a colle ..read more
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Fact Mix: Tati au Miel
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by Henry Bruce-Jones
1M ago
Tati au Miel winds through the sounds of their fantastical world. Haitian-born, Montreal-raised DJ, producer, composer and designer Tati au Miel is one of a new generation of artists shaping electronic and experimental music in their own image. Citing Moor Mother, Crystallmess, Dreamcrusher, Merzbow, Keji Haino and Klein as key influences, they move within the legacy of fellow sonic iconoclasts Bobby Beethoven and Juliana Huxtable, breaking rules, destroying dancefloors and blowing minds while paying homage to the communities from which their art resonates. For Tati au Miel this is a process o ..read more
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Patch Notes: Caterina Barbieri
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by Fact
1M ago
The Italian synthesist takes us to the top of Mount Etna for a special live performance. For this episode of Patch Notes, we travelled with Caterina Barbieri to Sicily and recorded a session near the summit of Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Amidst bubbling lava flows, Barbieri performed live versions of ‘At Your Gamut’ and ‘Terminal Clock’, taken from her 2022 album, Spirit Exit. The session was filmed as part of our recent documentary on Barbieri, which followed the Italian musician as she returned to live performance following the pandemic and debuted the light-years c ..read more
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