Sapphire Goss is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with moving image, photography and other lens-based methods. Using obsolete technologies she creates chimerical imagery using unexpected materials, looping and processing to make an ‘analogue uncanny’: grainy, shimmering, otherworldly; bursts of light and emotion both moving and mysterious. The work tells stories that there are no words for, inviting the viewer not just to gaze but to look and look again, and to connect to experiences outside their understanding.

 

Using hybrid material processes: antique glass, paper, liquid lenses or real plants, inputs from public contributors, multiple channels that feedback in endless combinations or sound/data responsive elements - she creates work that grows, lives and decays beyond the surface, beyond the edge of the frames and the looking glass of the image. The quicksilver instant a reflection on a body of water or glass that shatters and dissolves in shimmering points of light is when the depths underneath are revealed. These hidden worlds are all our own, but seen through multiple lenses: natural, historical, cultural, nonhuman, interconnecting timescales. 


Goss has received several awards, most recently the Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice award for her new project Attic Windows of the Infinite. In 2018 she was the recipient of ACE funding for the large-scale multimedia project Eternity City. Her work has been shown widely in exhibitions and events including the Barbican, Tate Exchange, Fermynwoods Contemporary, Milton Keynes Art Centre, East End Film Festival, and Sea Change. She was selected for Live Cinema UK’s National Talent Pool in 2018. Her video, photography, research and writing work has been featured in performances, events, commissioned for a variety of platforms and used for commercial content and music videos.

Exhibitions

 

2021

Sphere: Boojum & Snark IoW, work in permanent collection

Obscura,:The Carousel, Nottingham

ÖRES 21 kesänäyttely / ÖRES 21 summer exhibition: Örö, Finland

Triple Harvest: the Archives: Fermynwoods, Northamptonshire

 

2020

Triple Harvest (online)

 

2019

As Above So Below: Resort Studios for Margate Film Festival, Margate
Astronomical Light: Lumen at Crypt Gallery St Pancras, London
11th Hour: Customs House for Groundwork Gallery, King’s Lynn
Notes on a Periphery: Gray’s, Aberdeen
AWED at 4s: Sheraton, New Orleans

 

2018
Eternity City: The Old Bus Station Milton Keynes (Solo)
Somewhere Between Up There & Down Here: Creative Quarter, Folkestone
Who Are We - Are We Data?:Tate Exchange, London

 

2017
This is Not Art Festival: Liminal Boundaries London
Digital Weekender: Devonshire Collective, Eastbourne 
Your Wilderness Revisited: Red Gallery, London
Groundwork: Tracing the Pathway: Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

 

2016
Interfaces Monthly: Fish Island Labs (The Trampery /The Barbican), London
Brainchild: Platform, London
POW Thanet: Moving Image Margate, Margate House Gallery

 

2015 
Afterthought: The Body Beyond the Present: Fish Island Labs, London
CultureTECH Festival: Future Artist Makers Exhibition: Studio 80-81, Londonderry
Interfaces: Processing Reality through Art and Technology: The Barbican, London

 

2014
Digital Revolution: Barbican (Gaga film with Studio XO)
ARTRAVE: Techhaus / Haus of Gaga NYC (with Studio XO)

 

Screenings/Festivals/Live/Commissions 

 

2021

Artists Film Screening at Harbour Arm Screen, Folkestone Triennial Festival / Folkestone Fringe

Mirry Installation film at Seachange Festival, Totnes Cinema

13 films aspects of Analogue Flatpack Festival Coventry

Light of Other Days, Breathing in Art commissions by Fermynwoods

​2020

Neverending Jigsaw commissioned by Fermynwoods

Umbrellabirds Spotify canvas & video art commission

Closes and Opens Film essay Edinburgh University Futures Institute

 

2019

Your Wilderness Revisited: Live visuals tour for musician William Doyle
Vanishing Lands: Live visuals commission for Bella Union Records
Magdalene video art: Battersea Arts Centre/Old Diorama
Silk Moth Collaboration for opera: Arcola Theatre, London
O.Proj /: Networks screening 

Extimacy conceptual video on soft robotics, Vogue

 

2018

Experimental Film Festival: Middlesborough
Mutant Man: Video art for theatre production, London
East End Film Festival: Expanded Cinema/live video and music performance 
ColLive: collaboration with the Silk Street Symphonia, London

Milton Keynes of the Mind: Open University Journal of Cultural Economy
Power of the Individual: National Portrait Gallery.
Rain in White City: White Noise magazine

 

2014-16

Terminal: Live visuals for electronic artists Jupiter-C, Green Man, Apiary etc

Wayne McGregor / Studio XO 'Atomos' Video research & documentation

Skin: Studio XO for Lexus NX

Philips: Soft: Concept film on future skin sensing 


Residencies

2021        Boojum & Snark, Sandown, Isle of Wight

2020        Öres, Örö, Finland 

2019        Battersea Arts Centre, London 
                 Journal of Cultural Economy, London 
                 Time and Space, Metal Liverpool

2018        Eternity City / Milton Keynes Arts Centre

2017        Groundwork at Tracing the Pathway Citation Artist Residency

Workshops/Awards/Other

ACE Developing Your Creative Practice Award (2021)
Moving Image Artists Salon, Lockdown creativity (Sept 2020)
Interior: an Exquisite Corpse Film, organising a collaborative work (2020)
Online screening of Closes and Opens & panel with the Edinburgh Futures Institute (2020)
Experimental Documentary Practice (2019, 20, 21) Guest Lectures, Goldsmiths
ACE funding - Eternity City workshop programme at MK Arts Centre & MK Gallery (2018),
AWED - Are WE Data Tate Exchange (2018),
Lug-Li workshops with Hinterlands London for the Canals & Rivers Trust (2018),
Live Cinema Talent Pool (2017-present)
Fish Island Labs A mentoring platform between the Trampery & the Barbican (2014-2016).
CultureTECH Festival: Future Artist Makers (2015).
Interfaces Monthly / Art Tech Networks panels (2015-2016)
AHRC Funding award: full funding for MA in Visual Anthropology (2010)
Unfold: Manifold at Siobhan Davies Dance (2013) (with Zachary Eastwood-Bloom), London

Publications


Moving Image Artist Journal, 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, BBC Radio, Fleur and Arbour.