Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie
Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie
We propose to develop a project around current Central Office of Information (COI) campaigns looking at ways in which both the content and delivery medium could be changed to break down their traditional role as 'one to many' information providers.
The proposal has been triggered by the way that convergent media has already started to affect and change the role of organisations who 'grew up' in the period when a UK television represented a way into a 'national conversation' but one which only went one-way (!) Rather than suggest new technological developments within convergent media, we are proposing to use a set of specific social situations to trigger ideas represented by the concerns COI would be seeking to address at a given time. We would look to change these campaigns by altering the ways in which they are authored, delivered and received.
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Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie have collaborated since 1995, their recent work includes projects for Tate Modern and the ICA, London. All of their past and current work can be seen on their domain www.somewhere.org.uk. As Somewhere they recently curated TV swansong.
Description of Practice: We are two artists who have worked primarily in the fields of new media, live art, video & installation - both independently and collaboratively. We have been working together since 1995 on increasingly complex large scale projects often involving our audience at the stage of production. We have also recently collaborated directly on a number of pieces with other artists. Recurring themes with in our work have been the interface of local and global culture and histories, and an attempt to question the traditional boundaries between the artist and audience. This is perhaps best expressed through our two recent webcast live events '/broadcast/' and 'The Festival of Lying' - in both cases we began from broad research into local culture and history relating to the location and then built up a new narrative constructed with local participants but 'broadcast' ultimately to a far wider audience. The other thread that runs through much of our work relates to travel and in many ways to the sense of being a 'tourist' through our practice - this may be in quite a literal way (for example whilst living on a boat in Norwich to produce 'Additional Footage' and travelling around the lake district for 'Limo Day' or in a less obvious sense for example when we explored on-line text based games as the starting point for 'An Artists Impression')
Within our work there has also been a developing interest in the area of broadcast media - how it both articulates and mediates experience, and how it is now on the cusp of fundamental changes. Last year we took the decision that we would like to develop a new piece that deals directly with the demise of terrestrial TV and the gap between 'real' sites and their mediated presentation via television. On reflection we felt that it would be valuable to initiate an opportunity for other artists to also approach this subject matter and to use our experience with new media to provide a focus and channel for this work through a live webcast rather than via documentation shown in a gallery context. TV swansong has now been under development for twelve months, during this time we produced two pilot projects as part of the R&D and commissioned the seven other artists projects. We are now in production for the piece which will launch in March 2002.