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ANGELA LOUISE POWELL & JESSIE BURROWS

Burrows and Powell often develop their practice based on previous experiences or encounters. Their work recreates understandings of these encounters, both individual and shared encounters and lived experiences together. In 2016-17 Burrows and Powell took part in the Blindside Summer Studio residency program. The program gave the artists the time to develop and conceptualise ideas they had had from experiences in foreign countries and cultures.

Drawing on their memories of a research trip to Tokyo in 2016, their residency title ‘Shibuya Castle’ referenced their time spent staying within the Shibuya-ku district of Tokyo. The work employed and constructed signifiers of Tokyo and Japan’s urban infrastructure to locate them within the disorientating experiences of cultural immersion.

Burrows’ and Powell’s works engage in a dialogue that tells the story of two artists researching the space in-between; the space forgotten; the liminality that exists without being observed unless you go searching for it. Burrows and Powell as well as constructing installation objects use found objects and relics, as well as documenting sites with digital media. Through the orchestration of new media and installation objects Burrows and Powell seek to subsume the viewer within a space, so the viewer can be suspended in a moment or even let it slip by. How urban infrastructure such as safety mirror affords a clear view of behind or into the peripheral space. Giving the potential to catch a moment passing by.



Angela Louise Powell & Jessie Burrows at glogauair.net:
Open Studios September 2018 September 2018
Open Studios September 2018 September 2018

More at angelalouisepowell.com
and at instagram.com/persuasionarchitects


Angela Louise Powell & Jessie Burrows
Angela Louise Powell & Jessie Burrows

Angela Louise Powell & Jessie Burrows
Angela Louise Powell & Jessie Burrows

Angela Louise Powell & Jessie Burrows
Angela Louise Powell & Jessie Burrows

Angela Louise Powell & Jessie Burrows



Project

Persuasion Architecture |pəˈsweɪʒ(ə)n ɑːkɪtɛktʃə|


Online, persuasion architecture exists as the specifically designed elements of your web pages used to convince visitors to take the action the advertiser, corporation, or individual desires. It operates much like it does in the physical world; how the confectionary placed at the checkout isles of the supermarket, more often than not, make their way into our shopping baskets without our original intention. In the digital world, the data collected through our cache history helps inform machine learning algorithms to target advertisements based on what your data says you want to see/believe/buy. Pseudo startup Burrows and Powell seek to employ this framework to address how the convergence of digital and real world ‘persuasion architectures’ influence social behaviour. Taking on the terms of service multinational organisations utilise online, the artists ask for audience participation to engage with their ‘open’ studio space.
Both artists construct installations, utilise found objects or relics, as well as documenting sites using digital media. Through the orchestration of these installations, Burrows and Powell seek to subsume the viewer within a space, so the viewer can be suspended in a moment, or even if they choose to, let it slip by. Illustrating this notion are examples of urban framework such as safety mirror’s. This common urban hardware permit’s a clear view of the space behind or into the peripheral space, while also allowing the viewer the potential to catch a moment passing by that would otherwise have remained unnoticed.

In this new residency program, the artists will infer to the intersecting lines of their respective practices, and use colour and textural elements as their foundation to explore new avenues of creating work. Recent advances in technology have allowed for easier global communication, the world has never seemed smaller.

However, as a result of this progress, issues such as personal privacy have surfaced. Internet algorithms now generate content you are interested in based on previous interactions and photo recognition software. Privacy is not only about what you say or disclose about yourself online. It’s also about what others say or disclose about you. Privacy is becoming a collective phenomenon; your every move being watched and surveyed, with or without your consent.

The artists are interested in translating this into the urban environment of Berlin, and highlighting how architectural elements serve to support surveillance and monitoring. In a city, every road, footpath, narrow street, and nature strip is designed in such a way to influence the occupants movements and activities. Take for example the street light that stands at every street corner, basking you in its yellow glow as you walk home in the evening. It’s purpose is as a beacon to guide you through the urban sprawl, illuminating oncoming traffic, potholes and strangers. Though while it is necessary to see your surroundings, it is also a necessity to see you.

Burrows and Powell are interested in just how much are we being watched, and how much of it we are aware of. The pair will work on staging interventions into everyday life, using subtle obstructions in public places and documenting the outcome. They will underpin their residency focusing on these themes and their parallels, emphasis put on viewer interaction and spatial awareness.




Vita

VITA:

COLLABORATIVE HISTORY

2018
UPCOMING ZK/U Open Haus (TBA), GlogauAir, Berlin, Germany

UPCOMING GlogauAir Open Studios September 21-22, GlogauAir, Berlin, Germany

GlogauAir Open Studios June 22-23, GlogauAir, Berlin, Germany

2016/17
Blindside Summer Studio Residency, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
http://www.blindside.org.au/summer-studio-shibuya-castle/

Shibuya Castle, collaborative show for Blindside Residency, Melbourne, Australia

2015
Majlis Scholarship group show, both finalists and participants in the show, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Substitute, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/10-entrance-substitute.pdf/


RESIDENCIES

2018
ZK/U (Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistik), October - December, Berlin, Germany

GlogauAir, April - September, Berlin, Germany

2016/2017
BLINDSIDE ARI Summer Studio’s Program



JESSIE BURROWS

Qualifications

2015
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture and Spatial Practice, The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

2011
Diploma in Photo-imaging, The Photographic Imaging College, Melbourne


Group Exhibitions

2016
Room/Body, KINGS artist-run space, Melbourne, Australia
http://www.kingsartistrun.org.au/artists/jessie-burrows/

2015
Substitute, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, Australia
https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/10-entrance-substitute.pdf

Majlis Travelling Scholarship, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

We’re All Gonna Die, The Victorian College of the Arts Student Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014
Proud, Margret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2013
Proud, Margret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Shift, The Victorian College of the Arts Student Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2012
Hope, Open Space Gallery, curated by Virginia Stobart, Melbourne, Australia

2011
Do you have any soul? Next to the exit and the Blues, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne


Scholarships and Awards
Finalist - Majlis Travelling Scholarship



ANGELA LOUISE POWELL

Education

2017
Bachelor of Fine Art- Visual Art (Honours Degree), Victorian College of the Arts

2015
Bachelor of Fine Art- Sculpture and Spatial Practice, Victorian College of the Arts

2012
Cert IV in Custom Made Footwear

2010
Cert II in Engineering


Exhibitions

2018
Trace- Makers, VCA 2017 Graduate group show, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/studentlife/gallery/exhibitionprogram/

2017
Memory Palace, a group show curated by Jake Adam Treacy, Dirty Dozen, Melbourne, Australia
https://memorypalaceexhibition.tumblr.com

Implicit/Explicit, a collaborative show with Katie Eva Ryan, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia
https://busprojects.org.au/program/implicit-explicit

Shibuya Castle, Blindside Summer Studio Residency show in collaboration with Jessie Burrows, Blindside, Melbourne, Australia

2016
Fresh!2016, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
http://www.craft.org.au/fresh-2016/

2015
VCA 2015 Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts School of Art, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Substitute, a collaborative show with Jessie Burrows, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Proud, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Majlis Travelling Scholarship, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014
Proud, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Grants & Awards

2016
Fresh! 2016 award from Screaming Pixel photography, Craft Victoria

2015
Majlis Encouragement Award, VCA Graduate Exhibition Award, Victorian College of the Arts

Majlis Travelling Scholarship, the winner from Majlis Travelling Scholarship group show, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts