Welcoming Artists-in-Residence: Phil Thompson and Liam Magee

19/10/2017 9:00 am – 17/12/2017 6:00 pm Location: Kaitak Campus, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (51 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon HK)
Presenter: Kaitak Centre for Research and Development

In the 2017-18 academic year, 8 emerging artists who from the Slade School of Fine Art of University College London have been invited to the “So Chau Yim Ping Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artist-in-Residence Scheme” for a 2-month-long residency in kaitak Campus. The second pair of artists, Phil Thompson and Liam Magee, are now with us until 17th December 2017. Please join us in welcoming Phil and Liam! You are most welcome to visit them in their studios at AVA212 and AVA213!

“So Chau Yim Ping Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artist-in-Residence Scheme” was launched in 2016 with the generous support from Mrs So Chau Yim Ping (Honorary University Fellow, Hong Kong Baptist University). The scheme aimed at inviting artists to base in the kaitak Campus of Academy of Visual Arts for sparkling exchanges in creativity, transferring the latest knowledge in art practice, promoting studio culture and fostering potential collaboration with students and faculty members.

About Phil Thompson

Phil Thompson (born in 1988), from Manchester and lives and works in London, has exhibited internationally as well as teaching at institutions across Europe. He is currently researching a PhD at The Slade School of Fine Art concerning new media art and electronic waste, where he also teaches BA Art History and Theory. Recent exhibitions include Interwebs (New York), Eternal September (Ljubljana), and Screen/Space (Paris).

His practice concerns the way in which digital technologies have changed the way we perceive and produce contemporary artworks. Working across disciplines including websites, video, sculpture, and painting, Thompson explores the limitations of digital reproductions and production methods, as well as questioning the ethics present within these systems. Most recently his work has addressed the technical apparatus of new media art and the geopolitics of planned obsolescence, electronic waste, and the art world. His latest works involve turning technologies back on themselves to reveal their often hidden materiality, including the metals and labour that go into their production, the contents of closed blackbox systems, and the processes and realities of waste and recycling.

About Liam Magee

Liam Magee holds a BA in Photography from Camberwell College of Arts and is the Derek Jarman scholar from Slade School of Fine Art, graduating in 2017 with an MA in Fine Art: Media. Upon graduating from his BA Liam was awarded the Lifeboat residency through ACAVA and ArtQuest and the Camberwell Book Prize in 2014, publishing Top/Top the following year. Exhibition highlights include Group exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery and as part of 89+ at The Serpentine Gallery, in March 2018 he has been commissioned by London College of Communication and Southwark Council to respond to the Cuming Collection in South London.
His work seeks to offer new perspectives on objects. Looking at how meaning and value are assigned to objects and the resulting dialogue of readiness and present at hand. Negotiating the philosophical differences between object and thing and how photography can problematize our relationship with things. He is interested in establishing doubt over function and perception, creating inevitable misreading’s, finding a multiplicity for objects to exist in.

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