Meet our Mentors
The Random String project has enabled us to partner up with some pretty amazing organisations and people, not least an incredible group of practitioners who will be working with our RS Fellows as mentors as well as contributing to the Symposium and microFestival. Some are old friends, some new connections but all have a respected track record of working with interactive and connected technologies in their artistic practice, as well as their track record for learning, sharing and socially-engaged ways of working.
Antonio Roberts is an internationally recognised new media artist and curator, creating 2D and 3D, digital and moving artworks using open source software and hardware. His work is largely documented online, where Antonio encourages engagement by using ‘Copyleft’ licences that allow work to be reused, reinterpreted and remixed, without jeopardising authorship over original works. He also freely releases all code, documentation and sources used to create the works.
Exploring questions relating to how we perceive, move through and interact with our surroundings, Nikki Pugh harnesses various tools and techniques adopted from walking-based practices, guided tours, physical computing, locative media, pervasive gaming, installation and collaboration. Specific areas of research interest currently include the use of making, prototyping and participatory playtesting as tools for—and sites of—knowledge production, as well as investigating the relationship of her practice to Mobilities Studies, non-representational theory and human+technology+place assemblages.
Philip Duckworth is one half of the artist duo Juneau Projects, along with Ben Sadler. Their work incorporates a wide range of media and often involves other people in the process of making it. Juneau Projects work with technology in a creative way, such as producing interactive artwork and controllable visuals, custom software audio effects, and using laser cutting and 3d printing alongside more traditional methods of artistic production such as painting and drawing. He is also in the band Juneau Brothers, who build their own midi controllers for performance.
Ben Sadler is one half of the artist duo Juneau Projects, along with Philip Duckworth. Their work incorporates a wide range of media and often involves other people in the process of making it. Juneau Projects enjoy working with technology in a creative way and often combine the results of this process with more traditional methods of artistic production, such as painting and drawing. Ben is also a member of the band Juneau Brothers. He draws a lot in his spare time and releases music under the name Them Use Them.