Artists in Residence: Magali Nougarede and Matt White in conversation

20-04-2016 at 1.30pm to 3pm

Location: ATRIUM, Boardroom (CA A419), University of South Wales, 86-88 Adam Street, CF24 2FN, Cardiff.

Audience: Public

Cost: This event is free, but registration is required.

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Research Methods and Rhizomatic Roots, by Magali Nougarede

In the context of her current Artist ‘s Residency at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (Sep 15 – April 16), Magali will discuss the highlights and challenges of this residency and show art works in progress. She will attempt to articulate her research methods, exploring the benefits of ‘rhizomatic root’ structures as connectors of people, plants and ideas.

Magali Nougarède is a photographic artist and lecturer in Photography at USW. The NBGW Artist Residency is curated by Oriel Davies Gallery (Newtown, Wales) in the context of their current touring exhibition flora. About this Residency the gallery’s website states:

Super/Natural: Home Truths & Participatory Practice, by Matt White

Residency commission from the Arts & Minds Consortium: a strategic partnership between Tai Calon Community Housing, Head4Arts and Aneurin Leisure?. The recent inclusion of Assemble with local residents of the Granby Four Streets in the Turner prize shortlist demonstrates that there is a growing institutional and public appetite for challenging and rigorous, as well as inclusive, participatory practice projects within the contemporary Art landscape. Using examples of previous work within this context, Matt will attempt to establish a ground for meaningful interventions and collaborations with residents from the Newtown housing estate as well as staff from the organisation that houses them.

Matt White is an artist and lecturer specialising in lens-based media, which has been at the heart of his practice for twenty years. He devises working processes that explore how personal and moral conflicts are sited within a wider socio-political landscape. His work as an educator extends from a genuine interest in the ever-shifting language that surrounds the creation, manipulation and dissemination of the photographic image. Past works, driven by White’s idiosyncratic imagination, have included: an attempt to identify the first tulip species to be colonised by the Ottoman Sultans; a journey to the mid-point between right and wrong; a re-creation of the state of mind of a French composer as well as experimenting with hypnosis to investigate weightlessness and past lives. His most recent project revolves around the concept of ‘alter ego’, collecting data drawn from inhabiting the multi-faceted persona of a professional actor. White is currently a senior lecturer in Photographic Art at USW, co-founder of the Bristol based discussion group, Format and Programme Leader for the Moving Image at the Open College of the Arts.