Digital Art

British Council in partnership with Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, and Digital Arts Studios, Belfast, are having the second round of Net//Work Online Digital Arts Residencies. The eight selected mid-career visual artists who work creatively with digital technologies will participate in online residencies for four weeks. 

Net//Work offers time for reflection, research, practice, skills exchange, and professional networking opportunities focused on digital artistic practices and technologies.

Each online 4-week residency was open to mid-career visual artists based in South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, or Malaysia who work creatively with digital technologies (work that is made or presented using digital technology).

 

The residencies will consist of online mentoring with Wysing and DAS staff, group conversations, problem-solving surgeries, guest talks and workshops with external curators and artists and 1:1 tuition. Following the residency, artists will have the opportunity to participate in an online exhibition hosted by each residency partner.

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Laura Andreato 

Wajeeha Batool
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Wajeeha Batool

A Close Up of the Brain
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Wendy Teo

Halik Azeez
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Halik Azeez 

Meander Mistake
Meander Mistake ©

Kesara Ratnavibhushana

Laura Andreato

Laura Andreato is a visual artist and art educator, set and costume designer. Laura graduated in Visual Arts at São Paulo University, holds a master's degree in Visual Poetics and is currently pursuing her doctorate.

Laura has exhibited in sole and collective shows in museums and galleries both within Brazil and globally. Prominent exhibitions include Pensamiento Salvaje, part of Bienal Sur (Buenos Aires, 2017); Le Royale (La Maudite, Paris, 2014), Deslize (Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro, 2014) and Paradiso, Museu de Arte de São Paulo -MASP (São Paulo, 2012).

Laura has also participated in the Pivô Pesquisa Program 2019, 13th artistic residency at Red Bull Station 2017 and in 2018 she was nominated for the Pipa Award. In 2014 she was in residence at Cité des Arts, selected by the Institut Français.

 

Wendy Teo

Wendy Teo is a Malaysian based artist, UK ARB/RIBA Chartered Architect, Curator, Researcher and Tutor. Wendy believes an innovative, cutting-edge approach to design and making has capacity to revitalise craftsmanship of the region; stating social-culture dialogue as the driving force behind her design pursuit. In her award winning design practice Wendy Teo Atelier, she designed a range of nature and culture inspired interactive sculptures, furniture, architectural installation and publication. With Borneo Laboratory, Wendy currently focuses on developing a series of projects that are inspired by the crafts language and materials found from abundant landscape and cultural scape of Borneo.

Wendy Teo’s projects were endorsed by a number of international awards such as Holcim Sustainable Next Generation Award (First Prize), Archiprix, and Threadneedle Prize. Her recent furniture design was selected as a finalist in ‘Asia Design Award’ 2018. Wendy has shown in prominent exhibitions such as 2013/14 Archilab ‘Naturalising Architecture’ exhibition curated by Pompidou Center director Frédéric Migayrou and FRAC Orlean Director Marie-Ange Brayer. 

Halik Azeez

Halik Azeez is a new media artist based in Colombo Sri Lanka with a background in journalism and critical discourse analysis. His work reflects on technologies of power as mediated through contemporary culture, lived experiences and media. Transformations within Sri Lanka’s post-war urban landscape is a central archive from which Azeez draws, working across a range of mediums such as photography, video, digital interventions, writing, installation and publication. In 2019 he co-founded The Packet, an independent community of artists which works with publication, digital interventions and site specific installations. He has held solo exhibitions at the Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo (2014 and 2021) and has exhibited widely both locally and internationally including at the Ishara Foundation, Dubai (2019 and 2021), the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa (2016, 2019 and 2020), The Art Foundation, Athens (2017), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2017), the Karachi Biennale (2019) and Colomboscope (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019). 

Wajeeha Batool

Wajeeha Batoolis an artist based in Lahore, Pakistan. Wajeeha earned her Bachelors and Masters degree in Visual Arts at the Beacon House National University (BNU) where she was subsequently a Montessori teacher.

Wajeeha investigates the relationship between fantasy and reality, drawing on her experience to layer and create systematic chaos in her work. Her use of both organic forms and pixelated shapes serve as reference to living organisms as well as the world of technology. These patterns work together in harmony, often superimposed upon the other, to create a reverie of unpredictable movement and transparent effects.

 

Wajeeha artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Alhamrah Art Gallery, Lahore, Karachi art Summit, Sanat Initiative Art Gallery Karachi: Reading Between the Lines, Taseer Gallery, Lahore: Domestic Bliss and Antidote Gallery Dubai. She also won a Second place award for Arts Contest from Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Title: Smoking Kills. 

Abshar Platisza

Abshar Platisza is an Artist and Creative Technologist based in Bandung, Indonesia. In his interest of the fine intersection between art and science, Abshar sees his art as tools of problem finding. Driven by curiosity towards natural phenomenon and captivated by environmental issues, he works by traversing an interdisciplinary method involving artistic and scientific perspectives. His work is expressed through installation, sound, video, kinetic, various types of technologies and non-human involvements as artistic materials. Abshar believes everything that exists in this world - whether it is natural or artificial - has a social context, issue representation and metaphor.

Abshar was a selected artist for Rewire 2018: Aurora, Toxteth Reservoir, Foundation of Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool 2018 and finalist for NTU Global Digital Art Prize, Nanyang Technological University ADM, Singapore 2019

Wisrah Villefort

Wisrah Villefort lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Within their work, the artist incorporates sound, sculpture, text, photography, and video in installations and hypermedia works that explore the relationship between nature and capital considering modernity and colonialism. Institutional collections and commissions include Kadist, France; and Instituto Moreira Salles, Brazil. In 2020, the artist participated in the Pivô Research residency program. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Goswell Road, Paris, France; and GUAVA, Brasília, Brazil; and group shows at the 14th Curitiba Biennale; OLHÃO, São Paulo, Brazil; and MASSIMO, Milan. Forthcoming projects include exhibitions at SALTS, Basel; BPA, Cologne; and Centre d'Art Waza, Lubumbashi.

Kesara Ratnavibhushana

Kesara Ratnavibhushana is a visual artist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He works predominantly in photography. 

Kesara is a visiting lecturer in Architectural History at the Northumbria University Academy of Design (AOD) and a creative liaison for the AOD/Colombo Innovation Tower. Kesara initially moved to London in 2002 to study architecture and continued his studies in history of art at University of East London.

Starting out as a photojournalist focusing on reportage documentation of events, between 2006 and 2008 Kesara was the official photographer for SHUNT arts space below London Bridge station. In 2009 he worked for the Bawa Trust archives. Since 2011 he has been Photographer in Residence for the Chamber Music Society of Colombo and completed a reportage series for Rolex SA. His current body of work encompasses three themes primarily pivoting around natural ecosystems and the built environment, in addition to commissioned photographic assignments.

His work has been presented at the Harold Peiris Gallery, Colomboscope 2017, Lionel Wendt Gallery and La Grand, Hotel, Galle and his editorial projects has been published in Harper’s Bride, The Evening Standard, Architectural Review, A+U, Vogue India among others

André Schütz

André Schütz (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1975) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in São Paulo, Brazil. He has been working in the audiovisual industry since the early 1990s, predominantly as a cinematographer and camera operator on short films, features, commercials, and music videos. Studied filmmaking at the London Film School (UK) and Visual Arts at UNESP (Brazil), where he also obtained his master's degree in Processes and Procedures of Contemporary Art. Since 1999 teaches courses in the field of Cinematography, having worked in renowned Brazilian institutions such as SENAC and Academia Internacional de Cinema (AIC). Currently works on his Ph.D. thesis that investigates corporeality and carnality in cinematography as a mean to comprehend disembodied human interactions mediated by screens and cameras.

As an artist, his body of work develops from diversions on the linear trajectory of the processes and procedures of cinematography, and converges towards other artistic languages and techniques such as painting, printmaking, performance and video art. His videos, prints and video installations unveil the materiality of the cinematic medium as a way to investigate visual and time perception, the medium itself and its implications. Is a member of the Brazilian Society of Cinematography (ABC)