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This launch event, held at new tech hub and Bruntwood office space, Platform, will celebrate the beginning of an open and ongoing digital art exhibition, curated by digital artwork platform CuratorSpace, will showcase screen-based artists throughout Leeds Digital Festival.
Emma Bolland is an artist and writer based in Sheffield, who works across writing, film, and performance.
She uses strategies of expanded screenwriting and live film narration to position script development as performance. Last year she presented at the International Screenwriting Research Network Conference: Fact and Fiction, Truth and the Real in New Zealand, and has performed film and text works at symposia including Moving Performances (University of Oxford), Future Imperfect / Imperfect Cinema (University of Plymouth), and A Feminist Space (University of Leeds). Later this year she will be presenting and performing at Critical Reinventions (University of East Anglia), and at Miss Read in Berlin.
She has published widely. Her auto-fictive essay ‘Manus’, which uses experimental writing to examine modes of screen violence is included in On Violence (2018), described by Chris Kraus (author of I Love Dick (1997), televised by Amazon Studios in 2017) as ‘a brilliant and timely anthology’. Later this year her essay and script ‘The Iris Opens / The Iris Closes’ will be published by the Journal of Film and Adaptation in Film and Performance.
Ilaria is an experienced filmmaker who worked on a few independent documentaries and collaborated with some international broadcast companies. For several years, she worked for the LampedusaInFestival as Production Manager and in her spare time, she wrote some articles on immigration in the Mediterranean Sea.
Her work was exhibited at the Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, and more recently she has worked on some short documentaries for the Horniman Museum of London. She is completing her PhD in Media and Religious studies and a member of the iRIS Centre (International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling).
Gorm Lai is a Leeds-based, veteran indie game developer and freelance programmer, who has worked on several BAFTA awarded titles. He is a great community enthusiast, and is the co-founder of the Nordic and Global Game Jams. The Global Game Jam has been recorded into Guinness Book of World Records, and has more participating countries than the Winter Olympics.
John Slemensek is a self taught filmmaker and a big believer in the 'yes man' principle. He is the director of Studio Bokehgo, a socially engaged film, photography, and publicity studio, as well as director of marketing for British Dodgeball, the recognised national federation for the sport of dodgeball in Britain and Ireland.
Throughout his eclectic work he maintains a remit of shining a spotlight on the ethical, creative and inspiring.
He believes in the social responsibility we all carry as storytellers, as well as participants to stories.
Nat Wilkins is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Northeast England.
His work is primarily about social landscapes in a rural context. Nat sees photography, both moving and still, as an inherently powerful tools in the weaving of narrative and adopts these inherent strengths, together with a meaningful depth of research of his subjects, in to the stories he creates.
Projects range from anthropological documentaries of rural tradition to extended photo essays on non-conformity in rural life. His work has been exhibited widely and films screened at the Tyneside Cinema, Sunderland University and for the Northern Correspondent magazine.
Nat also works on participatory art projects and runs the video production company Canny Productions.
This vibrant, thought-provoking exhibition will put the spotlight on digital artists, and support Bruntwood’s mission to support existing and emerging talent across the region.
Craig Burrow, Director of Leeds at Bruntwood, said: “Platform will have a focus on tech and creative businesses and the digital wall in the reception is a great way to showcase digital talent. Bruntwood is a long-term supporter of the arts so we're passionate about supporting existing and emerging talent across the region and we also think it will create a vibrant and thought-provoking arrival for our customers and visitors to the building.
“Working with Leeds BID and East Street Arts, Platform has already become a canvas for artists with Nomad Clan’s Athena Rising on the side of the building really helping the building to stand out and bring something extra to the local community.
“Bruntwood works to put original artwork into its buildings and has long standing relationships with regional educational establishments to provide students with space to display their work, as well as working with well-known established artists.”