The internet at Art Headquarters has been the devil lately, but we've made it back online... for now... But let's not start a rant stemming from our over-entitlement to perfect technology, the degree shows are on, which means the next generation of artists is about to burst open, and we have our eyes on Wimbledon College of Art. In this week's digest we're focusing on some of the artists from there.

Will - Art Ed.



Andie Macario

"Andie Macario's practice is heavily embedded within live art, video work, installation and performative objects. Her work delves into the depths of the scopophiliac audience, exploring the boundaries of the voyeuristic gaze, the ways in which the subject is objectified and how this can affect the spectator. The subjugation of the audience whilst viewing her videos and live performances are key to the outcome of the work, implicating an active role between the viewer and the viewing. Within the subject of the work, she places emphasis on performing the body, performing a character, creating a glamourous and seductive facade of femininity."

For the degree show she will be showing the 'PEEP-O-RAMA', a series of video installations akin with those risque booths that some may be lucky enough to stumble across in Soho.

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Rob Davies

"Rob Davies scavenges the cultural landscape of consumer culture for visual and audible material ranging from films, news footage, print advertising, children’s toys, and even passing conversations. He then alters, edits and repackages this “found” material. Davies hereby attempts to remove the smooth way in which some media are staged or presented. In so doing he hopes to re-sensitize the viewer by exposing him/her to an abrasive re-hash of this appropriated material, which puts into question our seemingly normal aspirations, dreams of ownership, and position within consumer culture."

His degree piece will be a sacred display of a 12" record named 'Our Final Days Are Here', which documents an apocalyptic announcement for a closing-down sale.

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Henrik Heinonen

"Obsolete industrial objects rearticulate into a new idiosyncratic and non-sequential assemblies to establish new arguments. These pods or drones are brought to the site of an architectural space or that of an empty piece of paper as an invitation to share their stories. Old connections will be lost and transformed into new ones."

Theodora Sutton

"18th century scientists sought to measure the world, now we are measuring ourselves. Sutton’s work examines the spirit of digital culture which encourages individuals to simplify themselves into data for online profiles and accounts. These digital representations can both fragment and empower individuals, but ultimately shape views of ourselves and each other. She aims to question whether these ‘second selves’ are adequate definitions, and what darkness, what shadows, we ignore by attempting to quantify ourselves in this way. These are instruments and graphs that measure a single imaginary user’s online footprint. Working with forms that exist somewhere between information and play, they seek to highlight the futility and creativity inherent in translation and the paradox of pouring one’s self into the online void."

Her work for the degree show will be a museological exhibit of these instruments.

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Joseph Curran

"The impulsion toward film is a mixture between an emphasis on considered ideas and an abandonment of them. There is an interest in both the immediate, the surface of the screen, as well as the potential of the embedded idea, presented cinematically. In my work I am focused on notions of montage and immersion, key elements of cinema which extend into other art works."

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Rachel Wrigley

"There’s something exciting in the moment when a cast leaves its mould. Two surfaces married together separate for the first time since the beginning of the process. Divorced, the original mould becomes waste and the cast an indexical trace. Rachel Wrigley works with casting processes as a means of documentation; her work attempts to invent a new form, positioning it between the photographic two dimensional image and the three dimensional realm by manipulating, deconstructing and distorting architecture and objects. She provides a distorted version of reality by investigating space as a moveable, impermanent fixture, questioning where the line lies between faithful representation and invented reality."

Elliott Baggott

"Elliot Baggott is a Comic artist whose work explores concepts of urban decay and regeneration, and investigates how these processes relate to art. His recent work explores the impact of Olympic events on vulnerable sections of society and attempts to convey ideas universally, without relying on language. His most recent project, The Athlete, is a 28-page comic which will be on sale from July."

Lydia Brain

"My work is a secret. It is often concealed; dependent on the context it can be viewed. I spend time with Hasidic Jewish men. We eat, drink and socialize together. As both a woman and a non Jew this transgresses the laws in which they must abide. Through frequent meetings we have become close. My practice should not be considered anthropological. Together we are neither Hasid or secular existing in an independent social context."

As you might tell from the statement, we don't know quite what her degree piece is going to be. Only that it involves dance platforms. Who knows what will happen!

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Victoria Moralee

"I play with the limitations of both myself as performer and the audience as voyeurs through a variety of media. My methodology encompasses documentary film-making, performance and photography. My practice combines psychological games and theatrical experimentation with audience manipulation. My performances explore physical and psychological endurance; treading between theatre, illusion and truth; often teasing an audience with their own expectations. My interest lies in the stamina of viewership; in the artistic arena that compels the viewer to persist in watching an event or activity that he or she is simultaneously repulsed by? My work is underpinned by my research that articulates a psychological and philosophical understanding of art. The video documentation is predominantly a strict record of the action however using photography I often adopt a theatrical staging of events; a line of investigation which looks at how can the authentic be “staged” and how the illusion can be made believable?"

Her piece for the show will be an installation full of self-portraits entitled 'Chimera'

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The Wimbledon College of Art Degree Show starts with the private view on 14th June, 6pm–9pm, and is then open to the public 18 – 23 June, 10am–8pm. See you all there!