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Claudia Moseley and Edward Shuster are collaborative conceptual artists, whose work encompasses sculpture, installation and suspended environments.
Reflecting on our interaction with contemporary mediation technologies, their practice uses optics, geometry, light and glass with a focus on immersive and site-specific works that create new ambient and meditative experiences.
The artists met on a tree-dwelling protest site in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, where they began their collaboration inhabiting a suspended treehouse. Living and working in London, they create temporary and permanent lightworks and sculptural installations for public spaces, private collections and international exhibition.
Edward Shuster is a doctor of philosophy, having written his PhD on the ‘The Pharmakology of Light-Time’, a thesis which explores the philosophy of technology, consciousness and cosmology,
following research into Optics, Geometry and Architecture as well as diverse philosophical and esoteric traditions. Claudia began deconstructing cinematic and photographic apparatus during her BA
at Goldsmith’s university. She since went on to complete a MA in environmental anthropology, considering how people perceive and inhabit their environment.
Together, their work seeks to interface between people and their environment. Their methodology works with resonances derived from meditative practice and diagrammatic thinking, encompassing cosmology, psycho-geography, architectonics and anthropology, along with the informational potentialities of natural and artificial light. The method explores the nature of consciousness and technological mediation, aiming to create openings for conscious experience in the context of its cosmo-technical enframing. .
Deconstructing cinematic and photographic apparatus, the work dimensionalises the lens and screen, reflecting on the threshold of materiality, considered as the transparent limit-horizon. Looking towards the large-scale optics of telescopy and telematics to encompass the wider technocene, the work employs light to spectralise at this threshold, opening up the potentiality of the liberational interface in search of anthropological altarities. Here the nature of embodiment, mediation and consciousness is explored through active vision, asking the viewer to ‘suspend their belief’, and future relics, which consider the dimensions of human embodiment in the age of the crystallisation of light-time.
In the contemporary age mediation technologies coordinate and enframe the relations between individual and collective thinking and the cosmic environment. In this context artworks can operate as meditative instruments to tune the ambience or atmosphere of the psycho-physical life-world by interfacing between the individual and this surrounding environment. Working with spatial harmonics, the kinetic rhythms of the breath and the dynamic effects of light, which connect the body to the wider psycho-sphere, geometric relations can be opened to allow an influx of solar chromatics and cosmic flows, generating an individuating poetics through these spectral potentialities.
In 2018 the artists participated in two international Biennials, XX Bienal Internacional de Arte de Cerveira, Portugal and Biennale Art Light Mantova, Italy, and are creating a virtual artwork
for exhibition in San Francisco.
In 2017 the artists were commissioned by Artichoke to create a large-scale site-specific work comprising two installations for Lumiere Durham, working with the Institute for Computational Cosmology in Durham. The project ‘What Matters’ addressed the problematic of cosmological simulation through the creation of an installation in a Medieval church that dimensionalised cosmological data (the CMBR model), using glass to create an immersive environment and implicating the consciousness of the viewer through the agency of projected light.
The artists presented their first UK solo show ‘Interface’ in 2015, which comprised 11 site-specific works across a 3000 square foot space beneath Waterloo’s railway arches at Gallery 223. These works re-appropriated traditional and technological interfaces (lenses, screens, glass architectures) - devices that increasingly constellate information and coordinate our experience of reality. Conceived as sites of dynamic encounter, the works are intended as liberational interfaces in this context, striving towards a renewed poeticisation of lived experience in relation to the virtual.
2015 also saw the creation of a tree pavilion sited for 6 months in London’s Hoxton Square, which featured on the front page of the BBC’s website. This project followed the TreeHouse Gallery in 2009 and the Invisible City (unrealised), both created in partnership with the Royal Parks. The ongoing challenge with these pavilions is to take people into a new context with their surroundings, but also to facilitate an enhanced interiority; to generate a space that is sensitive to the environment and contemplative, but one that is also radically open to the public realm.
Current projects include a number of permanent public artworks, utilising suspended and kiln formed glass elements in interaction with natural and artificial light. The works stem from research into cinematic apparatus, cosmo-technics and deep time. They are both sculptural forms and interfaces that generate compositions of projected light. They are also developing a series of works for upcoming exhibitions based on research into frontier fields, which is being pursued in conversation with cosmologists in the UK and US.
The continuation of the practice seeks to extend the artists’ methodology into fully immersive large-scale environments, which utilise multiple interactive and kinetic lightworks within a space. The artists intend to continue developing collaborations with technologists, scientists, engineers and architects to develop work that extends in spatial scale and through levels of complexity from architectural spaces to cities. The work intends to incorporate a network of relations that bring into play architectural proportions, geography, light, anthropology, cultural complexities and the potentials emerging from increasingly intelligent technical apparatuses.
2018 || “gowithYamo in conversation with collaborative conceptual artists, Shuster + Moseley…”, gowithYamo
2018 || “Experiential & Interactive Art: Participatory, dynamic, and community-driven: permanent and temporary design + art projects engaging viewers to create unique, playful, and personal experiences with the art”, CODAworx
2018 || “A Mantova L'Arte Contemporanea Illumina Palazzo Ducale”, Architectural Digest Italy
2018 || “Lucid Haze, and exhibition of light installations by three international artists who explore light through different materials”, Architectural Digest Italy
2017 || “Breathtaking photos from Durham light festival”, BBC
2017 || “How Durham is transforming for Lumiere spectacular”, feature on "What Matters", Sunderland Echo
2017 || “Lumiere almost upon us once again”, feature on ‘What Matters’, ITV News
2016 || “Exploring and probing mediums of architecture, light and spatial awareness definitely worth a see.” H Edition
2015 || “The strange, translucent structure…blurs the boundary between workplace and nature”, The Guardian
2015 || “Glass sculptures manipulate natural and artificial light…unifies geometry, lights and perceptual elements”, Fault Magazine
2015 || “Atmospheric combination of light and sculpture…great aesthetic appeal”, Fad Magazine Top 9 Art Exhibitions in London
2015 || “Imagine relics of our time that are integral to our experience of the world”, London Calling Online
2015 || "London’s Newest Coworking Space Is a Treehouse”, Architectural Digest
2015 || “Hoxton workers to hang out in tree office”, BBC
2015 || “Incredible Office Space Built Around a Tree Opens in Central London”, The Plus Paper
2014 || “Pavilions where everyone has space to dream”, Time Out
2014 || “Radical new platforms for public use”, Visit Britain
2014 || “Project hoping to take culture to new heights”, Evening Standard
2013 || “It was done with superb fervour”, The Telegraph
2012 || “Wired are proud media partners of The Invisible City, which aims to help people engage with these wonderful and unique environments…to encourage new interactions between art and nature”, Wired
2012 || “Creating a park like no other, a conceptual Matryoshka doll of culture-within-nature-within-culture”, Fortune
2009 || “Striking and amazing”, Architect's Journal
2009 || “Treehouses in the park give a summer of free eco-friendly activity”, Evening Standard
2009 || “Treehouses taking root in London…An artistic catalyst”, BBC
2009 || "Treehouse Gallery", interview on the George Lamb show, BBC Radio 2
2007 || “How Green was my Valley?”, Guardian
2007 || "Light Games", Arts Pneumonia (Issues 4 and 5)
2007 || "Orbis Opifex", interview on Foundry Late Late Breakfast Show, Resonance FM
CLAUDIA MOSELEY MA MRBS b. 1984
2007-08 || MA Environmental Anthropology, Kent University
2003-06 || BA Fine Art & Textiles, Goldsmiths College
2002-03 || Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Middlesex University
EDWARD SHUSTER PhD FRSA MRBS b. 1986
2017 || PhD ‘The Pharmakology of Light-Time’, European Graduate School
2013–14 || Research in Geometry, Optics and Architecture, Farjam Scholarship, Prince’s School
2009-11 || MA Esoteric Philosophies, Exeter University
2006-09 || BA World Philosophies, SOAS
SELECTED PROJECTS AND COMMISSIONS
2018 || Dynamic, two site-specific, outdoor, public sculptures selected by Outset Contemporary Art Fund, commissioned by Dwyer Property, London (forthcoming)
2018 || Spheroid & Nebula, commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Society on behalf of Stanhope Plc, two permanent, large-scale new artworks for the Television Centre (former BBC Studios), White City (forthcoming)
2018 || Ornament of Solar Lights, permanent site-specific, outdoor sculpture, Nottingham University (shortlisted)
2018 || Inter-World, ‘Electricity: The spark of life’ commission, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, supported by Wellcome Trust (shortlisted)
2017 || What Matters, two site-specific artworks commissioned by Artichoke, Lumiere Durham
2017 || Aletheia, Amsterdam Light Festival (shortlisted)
2016 || Large-Scale Outdoor Glass Sculpture, Arts Council research and development award
2016 || Antiprisms I-V, commissioned by Mehta Bell Projects for 40 Portman Square, London
2015 || TreeXOffice, Hoxton Square, tree pavilion in collaboration with Natalie Jeremijenko, in partnership with Hackney Council, Groundwork and Arts Admin, part of 2 Degrees Festival and London Festival of Architecture
2015 || Contemporary Arts Society commission for the interior atrium of Princes House (BAFTA) (shortlisted)
2014 || Light Paintings, Arts Council research and development award
2014 || Cosm, Olympic East Village, site-specific sculpture (unrealised)
2013 || The Invisible City, tourable pavilions, 10 Downing Street GREAT Campaign (unrealised)
2013 || Time, Winged, Primrose Hill, outdoor, acoustic sculpture commissioned by Roundhouse and London Contemporary Orchestra
2013 || Open Door, Songlines and Horizon, site-specific follies for multiple National Trust properties (shortlisted)
2011-14 || The Invisible City, Regents Park, pavilions developed in partnership with The Royal Parks (unrealised)
2010 || Secret Grove, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, social-sculpture project during the Fringe Festival
2009 || The TreeHouse Gallery, Regents Park, two community-built treehouse pavilions, curated library and events
2018 || Quietude, 'Extended Mind’ for Arte Luce. Alte Münze, Berlin, Germany.
2018 || Future Bodies, ‘The Unreal Garden’ Virtual Sculpture for OneDome. Digital Art Gallery San Francisco, US.
2018 || Epiphany at a Distance, site-specific installation for ‘Light Art Biennale’, curated by Vittorio Erlindo. Palazzo Ducale, Mantova, Italy.
2018 || Progress, 'XX Cerveira International Art Biennial’, Castelo de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal.
2018 || Cosmoscopic Key, ‘Art in Flux’, Flux Group exhibition. Ugly Duck, London, UK.
2018 || Expanding Cones and Harmonic Lens, ‘Lucid Haze’ curated by Presenza, alongside Clare Kenny and Regine Schumann. Sketch, London, UK
2017 || Antiprisms, Art Miami with Dillon + Lee Gallery. Miami, US
2016 || Quietude, outdoor installation for dual show with Nathaniel Rackowe, curated by ARTinTRA, part of ‘The Collective’. House of St Barnabas, London, UK.
2016 || ‘Living Through’, private presentation of five site-specific works. London, UK
2015 || ‘Interface’, solo exhibition supported by Arts Council England, 223 Gallery, Waterloo, London, UK
2015 || ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’, featured artists in Frieze week group show featuring Banksy, Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake. The Exhibitionist Gallery, South Kensington, London, UK
2015 || Private exhibition curated by Michelle D’Souza alongside Richard Wilson and Xiaobai Su. London, UK
2015 || ‘The Art of Burning Man’, featured artists in group show. Lights of Soho, London, UK
2009 || ‘Shine On’, group show, Smithfield Gallery, London, UK
2008 || ‘The Labyrinth of Doors’, collaborative installation, The Maze, MartarCar Brussels, Belgium
2008 || ‘Efflux’, group show, Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre, London, UK
2008 || ‘VisAnth’, group show of visual ethnographies, Kent University, Canterbury, UK
2007 || Projection Cluster, The Foundry, London, UK
2007 || ‘Conspectus Enigmarum’, collaborative installation, Whitechapel Factory, London, UK
2007 || Projection Cluster, Temporary Autonomous Art Exhibition, London, UK
2007 || Projection Cluster, Temporary Autonomous Art Exhibition, Bristol, UK
2007 || The Islington Arts & Design Fair, Candid Arts Trust, London, UK
2007 || ‘Life and Death’, St Pancras Crypt, London, UK
2007 || Orbis Opifex, collaborative installation at The Foundry, London, UK
2006 || ‘Can We Break The Speed of Light’, exhibition connected to the 10 day film festival ‘Shot By The Sea’, 12 Claremont, Hastings, UK
2006 || ‘Free Range’, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
2006-09 || Live performance projection, installation, sound and spoken word across London at: The Space, Isle of Dogs; Y Poetry Club; MaiDa!, Mayfair; The Klinker; The Truman Brewery; The Foundry; Whitechapel Factory; Kingston Parish Church; Synergy Centre; Goldsmiths Union
2018 || Artemis Studio Residency, Akaria Island, Greece
2015 || Glass Blowing, Smithbrook Kilns
2014 || Earth House, Batz-Sur-Mer, France
2012 || Expanded Field of Drawing, The Slade
2008 || Anthropological Research, Tour of Tree-Dwelling Protest Sites, UK-wide
2007 || Tree-dwelling protest site, Brecon Beacons, Wales
2006 || Bronze casting and woodcarving, Kathmandu University Fine Art Dept, Nepal
SELECTED TALKS AND PUBLICATIONS
2018 || ‘Extended Minds’, talk with Arte Luce
2018 || ‘Transformation Illusion’, talk at Art in Flux
2018 || ‘What Matters’, published in Chaiya Art Awards
2017 || ‘Harmonic Lens’, published in ‘Future Now’, Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology
2016 || ‘Light - Interface’, talk at Flux Events
2015 || ‘The Art of the Interface’, online publication (http://www.shustermoseley.com/theartoftheinterface)
2014 || ‘The Social Organism as a Work of Art’, Tedx Courtauld: Colouring Life
2014 ||‘The Social Organism as a Work of Art’, London Business School
2013 || ‘The Social Organism as a Work of Art’, It’s Nice That: Environments and Spaces