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Beautiful Data Seminar

October 6 / 10:30 am - 1:00 pm


Part of Exeter’s Lost Weekend festival of creativity, technology and ideas, this free seminar takes in contributions from two artists who have come from an established, traditional fine art practice and brought in elements of data and interactivity.

Gabrielle Hoad

An independent artist and writer based in Exeter, Gabrielle makes photographs, objects, actions and site-responsive works, which may invite contributions – often testing objective against subjective modes of description.

Gabrielle was a recipient of the Exeter Phoenix Digital Art Commission in 2012. She was a Creative Affiliate of the University of Exeter’s Environment & Sustainability Institute (2014–15), where she collaborated with a scientist on identifying, creating and visualising microclimates. She has also worked with Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute (2015). In 2016, she was awarded an a-n Professional Development Bursary to carry out a residency at Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve with two other artists.

Gabrielle will discuss her 2014 Arts Council-funded research project Solid Air, which used data as source material. Setting out to track the flight paths of flocking birds and transcribe them into fixed three-dimensional objects, Solid Air was a collaboration with Dr Steven Portugal of the Royal Veterinary College’s Structure & Motion Lab, as well as digital specialists and 3D printing experts. She will describe the journey from a fine art drawing practice to a project that made use of state-of-the-art data loggers and fabrication techniques.

Fiddian Warman
Fiddian is the founder and director of SoDA, a BAFTA award-winning digital arts studio which has exhibited across the world for galleries, museums, parks and events. His work has evolved from sculpture, ceramics and carpentry, through electronics and lighting, to encompass contemporary innovations including software design, micro-controllers and the internet of things (IoT). A passionate believer in the transformative effects of great design, Fiddian is constantly learning and experimenting with the latest craft, software and design techniques, giving SoDA a strong creative edge in a rapidly evolving world.

SoDA is based in Makerversity, in Somerset House, in the centre of London.

Fiddian will talk about his career journey from a degree in sculpture through the last 20 years creating artworks using digital technologies. He will talk particularly about works that cross physical and virtual spaces and attempt to marry sculpture and installation with digital technologies.

This free event is part of the Major Partner Museum work undertaken by Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. To book a place on this seminar email sam.jackman@plymouth.gov.uk.


Fiddian Warman leads a hands-on workshop following this seminar, from 2pm : MASH- Learn Interactive Triggering for Digital Art.
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October 6
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Castle Street
Exeter, EX4 3PQ United Kingdom
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