Oceanics outtakes for In the Dark III

07 07 2021//

Duration: 00:02:28 [480 pixels]

This video uses 3 outtakes from my video Oceanics 2009-10 stitched together and recently mashed up for Weaving in the Dark collaborative video. Weaving, by Genetic Moo LG and (audio) Jockel Liess LG formed the immersive projection installation for In the Dark III – BEING THERE June 2021 at St John’s Crypt, Waterloo, London.

Please see previous 2 posts HERE and HERE for more information about In the Dark III.

In the Dark III – BEING THERE: Photos and Video

30 07 2021//

HD video using footage shot on the last day of the show

By the time of closing, The London group ‘In the Dark III – BEING THERE’ exhibition hosted by the The Waterloo Festival at the old crypt, St John’s church, Waterloo, SE1 had received 228 visitors across the week. Including much positive feedback and interesting conversations prompted by the collaborative nature of the exhibition.

Muslin strips are suspended at intervals throughout the length of the long, narrow space and used as transparent projection surfaces for video – Including ‘Weaving in the Dark‘ which appears via 6 different projectors and is fragmented and layered over time on the see – through fabric. As the projectors are all started at different times, different imagery plays out in random ways and combinations from the 38.37 minute video. Sculptures, mobile elements and ephemeral objects also intersect with the projections whilst audio fills the atmospheric and rustic historic space.

3D Matterport virtual exhibition created by infrared photography, generously supported by Laura and Jan of MyLondonHome, sponsors of Waterloo Festival VIEW HERE

A multi-sensory experiment by The London Group organised by Nicola Schauerman, Jockel Liess, Sandra Crisp, Almuth Tebbenhoff, David Theobald and Darren Nisbett

BEING THERE combines and fuses diverse physical objects and digital visual/audio contributions from 42 London Group members into one overarching immersive work of art. A kaleidoscopic experience that not only intertwines the physical with the virtual, but also transcends the boundaries of the individual’s artistic practice.

A walk-through work of art

Full list of participating LG artists HERE

Exhibition walk-through video by Jockel Liess on The London Group Vimeo


20 06 2021//

In the Dark III: BEING THERE exhibition opened yesterday and it was a really positive day with 35 visitors and some great feedback such as: ‘Exciting’; ‘Thought provoking’; ‘Can we film it?’ and ‘It’s magical’. Also, much interest about the collaborative nature of the installation.

It would be great to see you there:

Organised by Nicola Schauerman, Jockel Leiss, Sandra Crisp, David Theobald, Almuth Tebbenhoff & Darren Nisbett


St John’s (Chrurch) Crypt
St John’s Waterloo
Waterloo Road
London SE1 8TY

Exhibition open: Sat 19 June – Sun 27 June
Times: Daily 2-6pm | Sat and Sun, 12 midday-6pm

A multi-sensory experiment by The London Group. BEING THERE combines and fuses diverse physical objects and digital visual/audio contributions from 42 London Group members into one overarching immersive work of art. A kaleidoscopic experience that not only intertwines the physical with the virtual, but also transcends the boundaries of the individual’s artistic practice.

The theme ‘Being There’ has emerged from the forced separation of the last year, and the ability of The London Group members to only exhibit and meet in the virtual space. This exhibition thus celebrates a physical as well as virtual coming together of the Group.

Full list of participating LG artists HERE

New .GIF for ‘Collections’ The London Group newsletter article

03 03 2021//

Created for The London Group ‘Collections’ article

‘I have always collected in one form or another including childhood stamps, keyrings, Whimsies, vinyl records and art books. However, my most recent collection is my ancestors, gathering, so far, 7,517. Alongside 30,342 records and 1,806 photos that also reveal places, families and past occupations that I had no idea about. This began as a distraction (now more like an obsession) during lockdown March 2020 when I began building a family tree online. Since then discoveries include; A Great x 2 Grandfather in N.S.W. Australia previously lost to family for 3 generations; Black Country nail makers, from which the World Champion Stand Spring Jumper emerged; stone masons; monumental stone rubbers, grooms and coachmen; a Victorian magician; ship builders; agricultural labourers, an architect; a shoe manufacturer and finally a quirky link to the Bloomsbury Group.’

View The London Group ‘Collections’ article to see many fascinating collections by LG Artists

View March 2021 The London Group newsletter

‘Subterranean Sounds’ at BBC3 Late Junction

20 02 2021//

Honoured to be included in this great line-up of audio artists BBC3 Late Junction – ‘Subterranean Sounds’ show which aired last night. Many thanks to Verity Sharp, presenter for including my humble audio track from 2010 video ‘Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers’. It’s very near the end of the show at 1:51:40 but the whole show is definitely worth a good listen.

[Listen here:[Update: June 2021 – The program is no longer available to listen online]

Or, can View video with the audio here: ‘Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers’

(Thanks to Julia Schauerman, audio-acoustic artist for the heads up and sending the link)

ZKM – Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe & ZDF Digital Kunstalle ‘Computable- Incomputable’

03 11 2020//

Computable-Incomputable 3d gallery interface with interactive cellula Automata

Kindly invited by curator by Teresa Retzer of ZKM| Zentrum fur Kunst and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany: Video perpetual browse_r_2 (2019) included Computable-Incomputable Digitale Kunstalle at ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, German public-service television broadcaster) virtual walkthrough exhibition Oct 2020 – Oct 2021. The online visitor may discover artworks by moving around a 3d virtual environment and by clicking on ‘cellular automata’:

View Computable-Incomputable HERE

Is the universe, a conglomerate of cellula automata? And if so, is the human subject completely computable? This exhibition, featuring born-digital artworks largely from the ZKM collection (Zentrum fur Kunst and Media, Karlsruhe), offers insight into artistic and scientific responses to these questions, and shows how computers help visualize alternative worlds that can become new realities.

Video still perpetual browse_r_2

Full exhibition text

Is the universe a big computer? The question is not new: Konrad Zuse, pioneering computer scientist, described the universe as a large cellular automaton back in 1969. In his opinion it is imaginable as a discrete computational system composed as cells that evolve following pre-set rules by considering the states of other cells in their locality. Cellular automata can compute functions and solve algorithmic problems. Zuse called his hypothesis “calculating space” (Rechnender Raum), and it can model the universe as a combination of many small computers (in this case equivalent to automata) that adds up to one large computer.

This exhibition reflects the idea of calculating space, but also Seth Lloyds “programmed universe” which proposes that the universe is one huge quantum computer. With the development of computation and graphical user interfaces, it turns out not only that reality can be described as a computational system, but that sets of computing “executables” can generate new virtual realities, This capability of computers has fascinated artists, who have been exploring generative aesthetics for half a century to date.

While the computability of environments now seems clear, the question of whether the self can be computed hasn’t been answered in the affirmative, althought the promise of artificial intelligence already threatens to reproduce the thinking subject. Despite the fact that current computers are unable to simulate human thought, and so the self as yet remains incomputable, this recognition has functioned as a powerful stimulant for speculative fiction.

The collection at ZKM| Karslruhe (Zentrum fur Kunst and Medien/ Center for Art and Media), focuses on media art: an artform defined by the medium with which it is created, distributed, and received. The apparatuses created by computer-related by computer-related disciplines emerging throughout the second half of the twentieth century – such as automata studies, cybernetics, information and communication technologies, and artificial intelligence – have gradually expanded the definition of media, and made the computer one of the most important tools and media for visual arts.

Computable – Incomputable showcases software-based digital artworks in a computer-generated environment. A digital copy of an atrium at ZKM| Karlsruhe is populated by multiple cellular automata, generated completely algorithmically. The exhibition support structure, just like the artworks it displays, reflects upon its apparatus and medium: the computer.

ZKM Curators: Livia Nolasco-Rozsas, Teresa Retzer

View computable-Incomputable HERE

The London Group Annual 2020

15 10 2020//



14 Oct-14 Nov, 2020

The London Group Annual opens exhibiting the work of 68 members of the Group.

This year the exhibition is online:

Events: Artist Talks on Zoom every Sunday 18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov and 8 Nov from 8PM (Details to be announced on website soon).

The London Group is the UK’s longest running and most prestigious artists’ collective. It was formed in 1913 by thirty-two artists from the Camden Town Group, the English Vorticists and a number of independent artists which included Jacob Epstein, Walter Sickert and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. For the first time women artists were involved in the development of the Group from the outset. Its aim was to create an independent artist-led exhibiting body in opposition to the Establishment, aka the Royal Academy. The Group, which has survived two world wars and a pandemic, has been an integral force in nurturing and supporting diverse and emerging artistic talent throughout the UK.

Exhibitors: Moich Abrahams, Ade Adesina, Wendy Anderson, Victoria Arney, Victoria Bartlett, Bryan Benge, Slawomir Blatton, Paul Bonomini, Clive Burton, Stephen Carley, Peter Clossick, Tim Craven, Sandra Crisp, John Crossley, Philip Crozier, Jeff Dellow, Beverley Duckworth, Mark Dunford, Angela Eames, James Faure Walker, Eric Fong, Marenka Gabeler, Genetic Moo, Tricia Gillman, Susan Haire, Alexandra Harley, Julie Held, Aude Hérail Jäger, Martin Heron, Alexander Hinks, Chris Horner, Gillian Ingham, Annie Johns, Judith Jones, Matthew Kolakowski, Jockel Liess, Pauline Little, Amanda Loomes, Jeff Lowe, Bethany Marett, C. Morey de Morand, Kathleen Mullaniff, Darren Nisbett, Eugene Palmer, Ian Parker, Janet Patterson, Sumi Perera, Michael Phillipson, Chris Poulton, Alex Ramsay, Maya Ramsay, Victoria Rance, David Redfern, Tommy Seaward, David Shutt, Philippa Stjernsward, Suzan Swale, David Tebbs, Paul Tecklenberg, David Theobald, Philippa Tunstill, Bill Watson, Neil Weerdmeester, Anthony Whishaw RA, Susan Wilson, Erika Winstone, David Wiseman, Carol Wyss.

City Rooftop Garden Retreat [video Loop]

19 08 2020//

For The London Group online exhibition “Wish You/We were Here/There” I contributed a video still cropped to postcard format 1748 x 1240 pixels. This is the actual video 1920 x 1080 pixels, duration 00:01:06

“Wish You/We were Here/There” invited submissions of postcard sized art based on where artists see themselves now that the lockdown is easing, where they have been or want to go.

A virtual and imaginary space to be in current times changed by the pandemic

Wish you/ we were here/ there – The London Group Postcard Exhibition

18 08 2020//

Just launched! The London Group’s new online exhibition curated by Sumi Perera LG.

“Wish You/We were Here/There” invited submissions of postcard sized art based on where artists see themselves now that the lockdown is easing, where they have been or want to go.


Take a journey through 12 walls of work from 39 members of The London Group.

See works all contemplative of the current climate we live in, through the medium of video stills, sound recordings, sculptures, found objects, photos, prints, drawings, paintings & poetry.

-explore ideas of shifting borders
-take urban & rural walks
-sense nostalgia, yearning & loss
-follow protest marches & demonstrations
-visit the landscapes (both internal & external, physical & mental)
Click on each work to read its backstory…

This is Phase I of a 3 part exhibition, that will tour as an offline exhibition & form a limited edition of collective works.
Galleries & Artist Collectives (National & International) interested in hosting an exchange touring exhibition, please contact The London Group

Over the Real- Videoarte Festival

17 08 2020//

Very pleased that Eirini Olympiou (ADAF, Athens, Greece) has selected my video perpetual browse_r 2 for Over The Real videoarte festival, Lucca, Italy

The Fifth Edition of Over The Real – International Videoart Festival will be held in Lucca from 30 September to 4 October 2020. Also this year the event, in partnership with the Lucca Film Festival Europa Cinema, will present the most significant lines of research that have emerged in the last years in the international panorama of the audiovisual arts and intermediary performances

More information on the festival website HERE

Full lineup of video artists HERE

INVERT/ EXTANT – Transmissions

11 08 2020//

I was Kindly invited by Jared Pappas – Kelley Artist, writer, Senior Lecturer, PhD to contribute a piece of writing for TRANSMISSIONS project, INVERT/ EXTANT Press.

Within the piece which also contains several images and embedded video I reflect upon my practise regarding digital process and integral concepts such as data tracking, and contemporary media saturation – All revised for the changed World of Covid-19 HERE

TRANSMISSIONS is currently an online project and collected writings will eventually be published as a book next year 2021.

About us

invert/extant is a small publisher based in the UK that seeks to shift perspectives on new writing and art.

We are looking for writers adept at changing how we see and understand the world as well as readers who are up for this challenge.

‘Bataille shed happy tears for a cousin he does not know, whom he thought dead on a ship sinking, only to discover he still lives, to be here yet not, in that moment when what we know collapses yet we are still here.’ Puzzled by his reaction with this shifting of perspective—and linking it to the allure of art in general, he observes impossible and yet there it is.

This shift is at the center of what we do. invert/extant fosters this unanticipated capacity to take our breath away, to catch us unawares, revealing the world inverted through its subtlety, truth, or inventiveness.


‘Fuzzy Phone. GIF’ in THE GALLERY – The London Group website

10 08 2020//

Thanks to Nicola Schauerman LG for inviting me to inhabit THE GALLERY in these strange times with my ‘Fuzzy Phone .GIF‘. This work is part of an animated .GIF series created in 2016 but has not been uploaded for online viewing before now.

This is an online gallery for London Group members. It will present 3 to 4 shows per year which are curated and launched through our Newsletter. Members will be invited to take over this space to create a unique art work of words / images / video / sounds and anything else that can exist online.


Click HERE to view

Fragments of borrowed online visuals are layered together and explore the limits of motion, transparency, compression, and pattern dithering. A large fuzzy mobile phone, odd metal tree-sculpture photographed in the city and other disconnected fragments are animated across an 8-frame timeline.

S. Crisp

PS. Don’t forget to browse THE GALLERY archive afterwards HERE