Archive for Exhibitions

Three /sLab shorts: Heads

Three /sLab Shorts: Circles, Heads and Architecture 5 March-3 April

Heads: 16-23 March 2009


8gg ‘Funny faces’ 2007


Eric Bainbridge, ‘Notable Americans’ 2006


James Hutchinson ‘Faces’ 2004


Graham Mitchinson ‘Strongpixel’ 2009


Three /sLab Shorts: Circles

Three /sLab Shorts: Circles, Heads and Architecture 5 March-3 April

Circles: 5-13 March 2009

Eric Bainbridge, 'Fan' 2006

Eric Bainbridge, ‘Fan’ 2006


James Hutchinson, ‘M2’ 2006


James Hutchinson ‘slab bar code’ 2004

/sLab, the Sunderland Digital Media Lab, presents three short exhibitions from the /sLab archive. /sLab is an ongoing research project for fine art staff at the University of Sunderland and associated artists.

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Undercurrent brings together Sound and Video Art practice from China and the UK in order to explore cultural and social issues connected with the changing nature of urban environments in both countries. The project feeds from a pool of audio, video and photographic material collected by D-Fuse and contributing artists over a period of two years following a extensive period of research and collaboration. Undercurrent exists as a 2 screen video installation and collection of supporting digital prints with sound installation.

/sLab worked with D-Fuse as curator and mentor, commissioning and co-producing the Sunderland component of the project and contextualising the project to a Fine Art audience.

The project fed from a pool of audio, video and photographic material collected by D-Fuse and contributing artists over a period of two years in China and in the UK.

China’s ever increasing drive towards a market driven economy, one where entire cities are being completely re-built, and the rapid growth of the service and industrial sectors of the economy, have led to large numbers of the rural population venturing to these new ‘metropolises’ in search of a better life, most of them to become part of an ever growing urban underclass. At the same time in the UK, spaces that became dilapidated following the collapse of large parts of the industrial sector are being reinvented as hubs of creative and cultural enterprise.

The nature of the city and its association with ‘modernity’ was a defining theme of early 20th century art and architecture and many of those ideas and aspirations are now once again being played out in the large construction projects taking place across the whole of China, sending shockwaves throughout both the rural and urban population as their lives and communities are uprooted in the long march towards modernisation.

Artists collaborating in the project were invited to explore these themes, working with either video and/or sound, responding to questions concerning urban architecture, economic and social change as well as our personal relations to the urban environment. This has given rise to an international research network of artists interested in the city, facilitating the exchange of ideas, approaches and observations and the challenging of each other’s cultural and ideological standpoints. Sound is an integral part of the work, and by drawing on urban
soundscape recordings as source material for the audio part, Undercurrent seeks to heighten our awareness of the ‘ambient-noise’ that exists all around us.

Undercurrent exists in a number of differing manifestations: As a multi-screened, immersive environment of sound and video, and as collection of photographic prints exhibited with a sound installation. During 2006 contributing artist Zhong Minjie was invited by D-Fuse [supported by Visiting Arts and /sLab] to visit the UK to contribute to the research and development of the project in Liverpool and London. Similiarly Beijing artists 8GG were invited to CineCity Brighton 2006 to present and debate on the themes explored in the work, following which they joined /sLab as artists in residence at the University of Sunderland.

The artistic network established during the research and development stage fed into the recent staging of Contemporary Chinese Artists’ Work as part of EAST.08. A project built on the strong network of international contributing artists, thorough research methodology and outreach programme in China and UK built during the projects R&D phase.

Production Information

Locations- Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, London, Liverpool, Sunderland

D-Fuse are a group of London based artists founded in the mid 90’s by Michael Faulkner who explore a range of creative media, from art, architecture, photography + film to live A/V performances. Working in a trans-disciplinary method with cutting edge technology D-Fuse encourage their audience to reflect on the process of experiencing art in a multi-dimensional,
multi-sensory way with emphasis on the key relationship between sound + image.
Contributing artists ¬ 8gg, Actop, B6, D-Fuse [Michael Faulkner + Matthias Kispert], Haus M Commune, Lin Zhiying, Quayola, Barney Steel, Ultre, Wang Geezer, Xu Cheng, Zhong Minjie + Zip Design

Print Exhibition
Photography by D-Fuse [Mike Faulkner, Barney Steel, Matthias Kispert]
Audio by Zhong Minjie + Lin Zhiying

In Conversation
Chaired by Keith Whittle with Keri Elmsly, Mike Faulkner and Matthias Kispert, D-Fuse and 8gg

Project Producer
Keri Elmsly

Project Texts
Keith Whittle and Matthias Kispert

Project Partners
/sLab, Keith Whittle + Marian Downes
powers of 2
with thanks to Dandelion and Burdock +

Undercurrent is supported by Arts Council England, British Council, /sLab + Visiting Arts.
Project Partner + Sunderland Component Commission, /sLab

CINCECITY staging presented in association with Lighthouse

There Is No I In Team

The Altar of Progress” (2006)

Contemporary Chinese Artists’ Work

Staged February 6th -10th 2008
Newcastle upon Tyne | Gateshead

Curated by Keri Elmsly, Keith Whittle, Pauline Doutreluingne, Jian Jiang

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Selected work from There Is No I In Team was presented during this years Chinese New Year celebrations in Newcastle. Including installations and screenings of artist’s film, video and animation exploring the new role of the individual in China today, the work presented received huge praise as well as excellent audience figures.

3 of the artists [Hung Keung, Sheng Jie and Meiya Lin] and all curators were in Newcastle for the opening event, and ISIS Arts hosted a series of artists talks over the exhibition period.

Presented in association with Newcastle City Council, the programme formed part of EAST’08 – a world-class celebration of contemporary Asian culture in NewcastleGateshead. Part of NewcastleGateshead’s world-class festivals and events programme.


Jiang Zhi “Onward! Onward! Onward!: The Altar of Progress” (2006)
Location: Civic Centre, (outdoor projection) Barras Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1RD
Date: 6 -10 February 2008, 16.00 – 24.00

Hung Keung and imhk lab “Bloated City | Skinny Language” (2007)
Location: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays South Shore Road Gateshead NE8 3BA UK
Date: 9 -10 February, 10.00 – 18.00

Sheng Jie “PUSH” (2006)
Location: Monument Mall, Newcastle, NE1 7AL
Date: 6 -10 February, 09.00 – 18.00 (Wednesday – Saturday), 11.00 – 17.00 (Sunday)

Xu Huijing “The Earth, The Human Being” (2007)
Location: Bath Lane, Newcastle, NE4 5SP
Date: 9 -10 February 10.00 – 18.00


A compilation programme of new film and video works from China, including works by Gao Yu, Meiya Lin and Kuang Yu Tsui.

Locations: Part 1: Old Dormitory Rooms, Part 2: Craft centre (above Audacious), both venues at Blackfriars, Newcastle upon Tyne,
Date: 9 -10 February 10.00 – 18.00


Recent Animation Highlights from Hong Kong
UK program coordinated by Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva) and co-curated in association with ISIS Arts, /sLab and Keri Elmsly

Location: 20-28 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XQ
Date: 9 -10 February 10.00 – 18.00

There Is No I In Team was presented in Newcastle by ISIS Arts and /sLab

Special thanks to: Keri Elmsly, Pauline Doutreluingne, Jian Jiang, ISIS Arts, Stella Hall, Culture 10, Teresa Kwong & Rachel Wan, IFVA, Hung Kueng, Sheng Jie, Meiya Lin, Song Tao, BALTIC, New York Productions, Sam Watson, Ben Gilchrist, Adam Phillips, Graham Mitchinson and all involved.

Supported by East’08, NewcastleGateshead, OneNorthEast, North East England, European Union Social Fund, Connections Through Culture, China Now, Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards, University of Sunderland, powers of 2 and Arts Council England