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 and concerns surfaces, reflections and depths. 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 elements 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. This will be repeated in 2019-20 as Littoral City in Liverpool. Last year she was commissioned to make Are We Data (AWED), at Tate Exchange (2018), a data driven video installation, panel and forthcoming collaborative paper from a multidisciplinary team. 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 will continue to tour in 2019.
Littoral City (upcoming 2020) LightNight Liverpool
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
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
Time and Space Residency (2019-20), Metal Liverpool
Edinburgh Futures Institute Filmmaker in Residence (2019)
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 contractor making films for a new module in the US & UK
AWED - Are WE Data (2018), panel at Tate Exchange
Lug-Li (2018), workshops for students at Oasis Academy Enfield - with Hinterlands 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 and the Barbican culminating in a group exhibition at 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)
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)
SELECTED PUBLISHED WRITING
The paradoxes of places and sustainable tourism (2019), South Africa
Discovering the Duendes - places, culture and migration (2018), Mexico
Culture in the Desert - places and reinvention (2017), Las Vegas