I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting a joint paper in Istanbul shortly with my good friend Micheal Goddard, of Salford University, Manchester. We will be speaking on the topics of the Cloud and Data Mining, where I will be presenting my findings from my most recent exhibition at Archive Space in October of last year.
When: June 26th – 28th
Where: the Pera Museum, Istanbul
Please find a copy of our abstract: here
I’m very flattered to announce that Pine Street have selected me to be one of the creative mentors at their Creative Pros – Speed Networking for Young Artists event, as part of their annual Smart Arts festival. I will be joined by other wonderful peers like David Greenhalgh and Bess O’Malley. It’s absolutely free and aimed at artists just beginning their art career.
Date: 10th of April 2014
Location: Brand X
This Friday I will be speaking on the topic of how to engage with art for the uninitiated, this means everything from what to do when you’re in the gallery, and what to start to look for when you’re viewing the work. If you’re an artist, his is a perfect opportunity to bring your Mum, Child or Significant Other who might be shrugging their shoulders when you drag them along to openings. Cost: $12 Location: Cowbell 808, Surry Hills Web: Laneway Learning UPDATE: Please find a PDF of the lecture here: Introducing the White Cube talk
Here You Are is a project based on data collected from Facebook check-ins; I monitored the check-ins of my friends to discover the places people wanted to be ‘seen’ at. To help me achieve this I collaborated with Google/Spotify programmer Nic Cope, who designed a web based program using AppEngine, Python, and the Facebook Graph API to monitor every check-in made from the people within my friend’s feeds. The installation is geographically aligned with the area and based on a to-scale map of a 1km radius of the gallery, in which 1mm = 1m. The drop pins are positioned to reflect the number of check-ins at each location, where 1cm = 1 check-in, for example, Thai Riffic received 7 check-ins, so is positioned 7cm from the floor. The data was hand counted to exclude duplicates, and collate any doubled-up venue locations, for example, there were separate entries for the ZanziBar and their event, Birdcage. I wanted to create a new topographical map to investigate the landscape of ‘cool’ within the area.
The scrolling LED sign features anonymous check-in statuses from my Facebook friend feed. Separated from their usual online context the writings appear as humorous and absurd, parodying the self-advertising nature that identity crafting on social media encourages. I have amplified this absurdity by using clashing colours, kitsch fonts and turning the sign’s brightness up to it’s maximum capacity.
These pictures were taken at the three most checked-in places in Newtown, at the most checked-in time. Aiming to embody the spirit of these establishments by impersonating the other patrons in the most common kind of photograph accompanying check-ins, the selfie. They have been edited with imitated Instagram filters and printed on glass, as these kinds of images are usually viewed through a glass covered device like a mobile, tablet or computer.
I was very lucky to have David Greenhalgh write my catalogue essay for Here You Are.
You can find the PDF here: Roomsheet Here You Are.
Michelle dropped by Archive_ Space to view Here You Are for CNET, the leading source for technological news and trends.
“If you could visualise your friends’ favourite hang-out spots in your area based on information collated from Facebook check-ins, what would it look like? For artist Grace Kingston, it looks like a collection of plumb bobs or fishing sinkers suspended from the ceiling, swaying or twisting gently in the air currents. It looks like a series of selfies and a garish LED sign flashing on the wall. “
You can find a direct link here.
I’m very grateful for the kind review that Here You Are received in Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph today, you can check out the full story here:
I’m very pleased to announce that Jesse Ray has asked me to contribute to the one year anniversary of Art Party – at the Red Rattler Theatre, Marrickville. I will be doing live rope installation projects throughout the night, and you’re invited to be a part of it! Come and join us as the Red Rattler and its inhabitants are progressively engulfed in my rope network…
I’m very excited to announce my fourth solo exhibition – Here You Are
Running from the 7th-19th of October, opening night is Wednesday the 9th of October from 6-8pm, I hope you’ll join me for some wines to celebrate.
The exhibition investigates Facebook check-ins. I have teamed up with a programmer friend, and all around techno-genius, Nic Cope; to monitor the check-ins of friends on my Facebook feed. I’m exploring this because the presence of social media has become ubiquitous in contemporary culture. Yet, despite being able to socialise with anyone, in any corner of the globe, we still long to ‘be’ somewhere. It is this desire that has lead to the rise of the check-in on Facebook, Foursquare and other social media sites. Usually accompanied by a picture and text, these updates serve as largely rhetorical acts of promotion and records of a person’s life, broadcast to an ambiguous audience. Consequently, they become an interesting reflection on the social trends and culture of an area. In reference to Sydney’s inner-west, I have acted as an artist-anthropologist, studying the city as it is seen in the real world, and as it is seen through the screen. To do this I have created three works to investigate each facet of a check-in: the place, the picture and the text. In doing so I hope to better understand where I am located culturally, and in the art world.
This exhibition has kindly been sponsored by Marrickville Council, who have awarded me a $3000 Independent Artist Grant for the production and exhibition of this work. Many Thanks!