Owl project have performed and exhibited internationally, including performances at Les Urbaines Festival (Lausanne, Switzerland), SARC, (Belfast, Ireland) as part of ISEA 2009, and a solo show at Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway, 2008. Sound Lathe 2005 installation/performance became headline act at the Sonic Arts Network EXPO 2006 event in Manchester. In 2007 Owl Project were commissioned by Lovebytes, Sheffield, to produce chair using the Sound Lathe, with the renowned green woodworker Mike Abbott. Sound Lathe was shortlisted & exhibited for the SHARE prize (Torino, IT) 2008. In 2009 they won Urbis's 'Best of Manchester Award'.
Their project '~Flow' (with Ed Carter as creative producer) was selected for the Arts Council's 'Artists taking the lead' North East commission. One of twelve extraordinary commissions created by artists across the nation, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. ~Flow attracted around 50,000 visitors during its six months on the river Tyne.
iLogs and m-Logs
The iLog series is a reflection on our relationship with consumer technology. The design of each iLog strongly echoes contemporary products such as iPods and advanced mobile phones. These extremely developed complex products, with their plastic techno-packaging, seem modern and beguiling, but also appear craft-less and encourage a disturbing disposability. After launching the original iLog in 2005 a new range of iLogs were shown at Futuresonic (Manchester UK) 2006, and then at Digital Wellbeing Labs (London) and have been used in performances at "Musikprotokoll" (Graz AU), TEKS Trondhiem Norway) & the Serpentine Gallery stage, London 2008. In 2008 they were awarded an Arts Council funding to radically redevelop the iLog & m-Log technology. Working with artists, Leafcutter John, Kaffe Mathews , & Thor Magnusson (ixi software) to develop new m-Logs that explore the role of hand held devices in relation to live improvised performance and computer music. Workshops were held at FACT, Liverpool, and space studios, London in 2009.
Owl Project consists of Simon Blackmore and Antony Hall and Steve Symons. All 3 artists have wide ranging individual practices concerning art, science and technology.
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