VIDEO ARTIST  
LONDON/FOLKESTONE

Artist-filmmaker Sapphire Goss creates experimental videoscapes for commissions, installations, exhibitions and live events around the UK and internationally. Her films depict chimerical worlds - mutant landscapes, bodies, cities, rooms  - elements from mismatched times, places, scales and materials sutured together in the same frame. Not quite fully dislocated from reality but subluxed, the joints of construction are exposed: sometimes the seams are stylistic, sometimes the stitches are imperceptible.These films are are collages of worlds that hover somewhere between the remembered, the dreamed and the might-have-been. 

The work is densely layered, constantly shifting between surfaces, reflections and depths to reveal unexpected viewpoints from the microscopic to the interstellar. Using obsolete technological methods and material techniques, footage is looped and processed until colours and shapes shift and become hyperreal and distorted. This is an ‘analogue uncanny’: scratchy, grainy and shimmering. Whether using physical elements such as paper, broken glass or real plants, multiple channels that feedback in endless combinations or pieces that are sound/data responsive, she creates kaleidoscopic audiovisual works that grow, decay and live beyond the screen.

With a background in Visual Anthropology, and receiving the full AHRC award for her Masters degree, her artistic research encompasses interdisciplinary themes connecting place, landscapes and memory through experimental documentary forms: collaborative, multi-faceted, layered, anchored in materiality. Goss has received awards including ACE funding for the large-scale multimedia project Eternity City (2018). This included a large-scale public installation, film screenings, workshops and a symposium. She is part of the AWED collective, an interdisciplinary team of academics and practitioners who have completed work on two documentary films about place, the data driven installation Are We Data (AWED), at Tate Exchange (2018), and at 4S New Orleans (2019) as well as talks and written work. She was part of the arts accelerator Fish Island Labs culminating in a showcase exhibition at the Barbican and at Culture:TECH festival in Northern Ireland (2014-16). Her video, photography, research and writing work has been featured in performances and events, commissioned for a variety of platforms and used for commercial content and music videos. She was selected for Live Cinema UK’s National Talent Pool (2018). She is part of an ongoing investigation into British suburbia Your Wilderness Revisited. It made its live debut at East End Film Festival in 2017 and toured in 2019-20.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

As Above So Below (2019), Resort Studios for Margate Film Festival, Margate

Astronomical Light (2020) group show with Lumen, The Crypt at St Pancras (Bloomsbury festival)

Notes on a Periphery (2019) group show at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen

Eternity City (2018), The Old Bus Station, Milton Keynes (Solo, ACE funded)

Somewhere Between Up There & Down Here (2018) Creative Quarter, Folkestone

Who Are We - Are We Data? (2018) Tate Exchange, London

Digital Weekender (2017), Devonshire Collective, Eastbourne

Your Wilderness Revisited (2017), Red Gallery, London

Groundwork: Tracing the Pathway (2017) Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

Interfaces Monthly (2016) Fish Island Labs (The Trampery / Barbican), London

Brainchild (2016) Platform, London

POW Thanet: Moving Image Margate (2016) Margate House Gallery, Margate

Afterthought: The Body Beyond the Present (2015) Fish Island labs, London

CultureTECH Festival: Future Artist Makers Exhibition (2015) Studio 80-81, Derry-Londonderry

Interfaces: Processing Reality through Art and Technology (2015) Barbican, London

Unfold: Manifold at Siobhan Davies Dance (2013) (with Zachary Eastwood-Bloom), London

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

 

Vanishing Lands (2019), Dog in the Snow / Bella Union Records

The Mad God’s Dream (2019), in production, Edinburgh University Futures Institute

Extimacy (2018-9), conceptual video on soft robotics, Vogue vs Vice

Simmer Dim (2018), music promo for Erland Cooper

Millersdale (2018), music promo for William Doyle commissioned by Beggars Music

Milton Keynes of the Mind (2017), Open University/Journal of Cultural Economy

Power of the Individual (2017), screened at the National Portrait Gallery.

Rain in White City (2017) For White Noise magazine

Barely Breathing (2016) Promo video for Tom Szirtz' album released on Yen

Wayne McGregor / Studio XO 'Atomos' (2014) Video research & documentation

Autocalm (2014) Animation and album artwork for Rob Shields

Skin (2014) Concept film with Studio XO for Lexus NX

Clarks v Patternity: Pattern insight and emergence (2013) Spot for Clarks shoes

Philips: Soft (2014) Concept film on future skin sensing

 

SCREENINGS / FESTIVALS / LIVE

 

As Above So Below (2019) 11th Hour Festival of Light and Sound, Kings Lynn

AWED (September 2019), 4S, Sheraton New Orleans

Silk Moth (2019) Opera for Grimeborn, Arcola Theatre London

O.Proj / Networks (2019) screening broadcast online.

William Doyle / Your Wilderness (2019), Chat’s Palace, London

Groundwork Weekender Festival (2018), Milton Keynes

Sapphire Goss Short Film Selection (2018), Milton Keynes Gallery

MK of the Mind  (2018) Copenhagen Stock Exchange

Experimental Film Festival (2017), Middlesborough

This is Not Art Festival: Liminal Boundaries (2017), London

Mutant Man (2017) Video design for a theatre production, London

East End Film Festival (2017), Expanded Cinema/live video and music performance

Gridworks installation (2017), at MK Gallery for the OU

ColLive (2017) with live accompaniment from the Silk Street Symphonia, London

Terminal (2014-7) Live visuals for electronic artists Jupiter-C, Green Man, Apiary etc

Dead Beats (2014) Live visuals for Rob Shields performed at o2 Building 6

Digital Revolution (2014), Barbican (Gaga film with Studio XO)

ARTRAVE  - Techhaus / Haus of Gaga (2014), NYC (with Studio XO)

British Shorts Film Festival (2011), Berlin

 

RESIDENCY / WORKSHOPS / AWARDS

 

Öres - Artist Residency in Örö, Finland (December 2019)

Residency at Battersea Arts Centre (November 2019) 

Artist in Residence for the Journal of Cultural Economy (2019)

Time and Space Residency (2019-20), Metal Liverpool

Visual Anthropology & Experimental Documentary Practice (2019) Guest Lecture, Goldsmiths

ACE funding - Eternity City (2018), workshop programme at MK Arts Centre & MK Gallery 

Understanding Digital Societies (2018), Open University 

AWED - Are WE Data (2018), panel at Tate Exchange 

Lug-Li (2018), workshops with Hinterlands London for the Canals & Rivers Trust

Live Cinema Talent Pool (2017-present)

Groundwork at Milton Keynes Arts Centre (2017) Citation Artist Residency.
Fish Island Labs (2014-2016). A mentoring platform between the Trampery & the Barbican.

CultureTECH Festival: Future Artist Makers (2015) series of workshops on my practice.

Studio XO (2013-2017) – Artist researcher/ content producer

P3i Northumbria (2012-2016) – Artist researcher

Interfaces Monthly / Art Tech Networks panels (2015-2016) talks on themes of technology and the arts.

AHRC Funding award: full funding for MA in Visual Anthropology (2010)

 

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS

 

Work featured in White Noise, Journal of Cultural Economy, The Quietus, It’s Nice That, Vice, Geohumanities forum, MK Citizen, Crack Magazine, London Calling, ArtRabbit, Resident Advisor, the Stage and in the published version of the Mutant Man play (2019, Playlab), BBC Radio Norfolk (interview), Secklow Sounds Radio with Nancy Stevens (interview)

SELECTED PUBLISHED WRITING

The Shimmering Swamp of New Orleans (2019), Louisiana

The paradoxes of places and sustainable tourism (2019), South Africa

The magic down there is so strong - places, images and public relations (2019), Mexico

Discovering the Duendes - places, culture and migration (2018), Mexico

Culture in the Desert - places and reinvention (2017), Las Vegas