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Jacob Austin

Jacob Austin: Contiguity, 2014, Dual Screen Video Installation & Audio track

Jacob Austin: Contiguity, 2014, Dual Screen Video Installation & Audio track

Jacob Austin: Contiguity, 2014, Dual Screen Video Installation & Audio track

Jacob Austin: Contiguity, 2014, Dual Screen Video Installation & Audio track

Jacob Austin: Contiguity, 2014, Dual Screen Video Installation & Audio track
Jacob Austin: Contiguity, 2014, Dual Screen Video Installation & Audio track

Jacob Austin: Contiguity, 2014, Dual Screen Video Installation & Audio track

Jacob Austin

The University of Northampton, BA (Hons) Fine Art

 

Jacob Austin’s practice attempts to visually represent his concern with contemporary culture and technology, and how this informs and reshapes the nature of the individual. 

 

The work aims to create a discourse addressing the function of narrative within a contemporary context; a context where the landscape has become fragmented by screens. These portals allow us to traverse culture in profound new ways which begin to deform traditional routes of media exposure. The linearity of past media consumption has given way to an evolving planar rhizome with the advent of the internet. A new paradigm for the consumption of information has arisen, one which Austin believes directly effects the nature of narrative and in turn that of the individual. 

 

As a timeless cloud, the inter-netted virtual realm pervades every aspect of the contemporary screen landscape. It fragments the cycles of the seasons, and the days, with the instantaneous digital now. Paul Virilio believes that the world has become flattened by speed, and so, Jacob Austin would argue that the individual has become augmented by virtual telepresence. How does the individual adopt this new realm? How does this proliferate into an increasingly ahistorical and globalized culture? These are the questions that inform Austin’s artistic practice, and support his attempts to articulate experiences of contemporary life. 

 

The form of Austin’s work is mostly resolved through video and print based practices. Appropriation and collaging methods are employed to create juxtaposition and surreal imagery. Contrast often exposes the quirks of our time.

 

www.austinlavelle.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

Platform

Platform

5 - 28 September 2014

 

A group exhibition of exceptional work by graduating students from around the region, selected by MK Gallery from University of Bedfordshire, Bucks New University and University of Northampton.

 

One Platform exhibitor will be nominated by MK Gallery for the South East regional Platform Graduate Award, for a chance of winning £2,500 and a twelve month mentoring scheme. 

 

 

Platform Exhibitors:


Sophie Fowkes

Holger Kilumets

Suzannah Holford

Jacob Austin

Maxwell Kirwin

James Haggas

The following free* talks will take place from 6-8pm as part of our Student Season:

 

Students Talking

Wednesday 3 September

Presentations by former MK Gallery Showcase and Platform exhibitors.

 

Tutors Talking

Wednesday 17 September

An evening of pecha-kucha style artist-talks from tutors at a selection of regional universities. 

 

*Places limited.

Pre-booking essential.