During a week-long Metal Culture Lab hosted at the Think Tank, Simon Poulter and Reynir Hutber hosted a Salon about exploring new tactics for working digitally.
Simon Poulter has worked within the art and technology sector for twenty years. He has established a national profile both as an artist and curator, working with all of the UK’s leading art and technology organisations. Recently, he has developed business plans for FACT and Abandon Normal Devices (AND Festival) and has been a consultant advisor to Watershed and other smaller arts organisations. He was worked for five years as Associate Curator with Metal, establishing a digital portfolio across three locations along with artist lab work in the Eastern region of England.
He was director of PVA MediaLab in Dorset for ten years, where he established the ‘Labculture’ programme of artist professional development labs. He has continued to innovate in this area, working with other organisations such as mac (Midlands Art Centre – Birmingham). In 2010 he curated the opening visual arts programme for the mac capital programme. He was also lead artist on the Knowle West Media Centre capital development programme in South Bristol and programmed the first three years of projects. Simon has substantial experience of working as a facilitator, producer and with young people and technology. More recently he has developed several locative media apps for iPhone and Android, working with author Rachel Lichtenstein and his collaborative project Close and Remote.
Reynir Hutber is a London-based artist working across a range of mediums including live art, installation, sculpture and new media. A critical use of digital technology is often central to his practice, as is a desire to explore concerns around authenticity, visibility, and disempowerment. He regularly make use of the malleability of digital imagery and information to create deceitful performance ‘documents’ that detail acts of impossible endurance and disingenuous vulnerability. In the past few years, he has been engaged to develop and perform work across Europe, including events and exhibitions in Italy, Spain, Germany, Brussels and Sweden. In May 2010 he was awarded ‘The Catlin Art Prize’ in London, UK, and in March 2013 was nominated for ‘Le Prix Cube’ in Paris, France. He have recently taken part in Fierce Festival of live art in Birmingham, UK, and Spill Festival of Performance in Ipswich, UK. He is currently an ArtsAdmin supported artist.