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 

Triple Harvest (2020), digital video art exhibit for Fermynwoods, Northamptonshire
As Above So Below (2019), Resort Studios for Margate Film Festival, Margate
Astronomical Light: Lumen at Crypt Gallery (2019), St Pancras, London
11th Hour (2019), Customs House for Groundwork Gallery, King’s Lynn
Notes on a Periphery (2019), Gray’s, Aberdeen
AWED at 4s (2019), Sheraton, New Orleans
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
This is Not Art Festival: Liminal Boundaries (2017), 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, Londonderry
Interfaces: Processing Reality through Art and Technology (2015) Barbican, London
Unfold: Manifold at Siobhan Davies Dance (2013) (with Zachary Eastwood-Bloom), London

SCREENINGS / FESTIVALS / LIVE

Your Wilderness Revisited (2019-20), Live visuals tour for William Doyle, UK
Vanishing Lands (2019-20), Live visuals commission for Dog in the Snow/Bella Union, UK
Magdalene (2019), video art for theatre, Battersea Arts Centre/Old Diorama
Silk Moth (2019), Collaboration for opera, Arcola Theatre
O.Proj / Networks (2019) screening broadcast online
Sapphire Goss Short Film Selection (2018), Milton Keynes Gallery, Groundwork Festival
MK of the Mind (2018) Copenhagen Stock Exchange
Experimental Film Festival (2017), Middlesborough
Mutant Man (2017) Video art for theatre production, London
East End Film Festival (2017) Expanded Cinema/live video and music performance 
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
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


SELECTED COMMISSIONS

Closes and Opens (2020), essay film, Edinburgh University Futures Institute
Millersdale (2018) & Nobody Else (2019), visuals for William Doyle 
Extimacy (2018-9), conceptual video on soft robotics, Vogue vs Vice
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) Video art piece for White Noise magazine
Wayne McGregor / Studio XO 'Atomos' (2014) Video research & documentation
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

RESIDENCY / WORKSHOPS / OTHER

Moving Image Artists Salon, Lockdown creativity (Sept 2020)
Fermynwoods Instagram takeover, digital residency (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 & 2020) Guest Lectures, Goldsmiths
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
ACE funding - Eternity City (2018), workshop programme at MK Arts Centre & MK Gallery 
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.
Interfaces Monthly / Art Tech Networks panels (2015-2016)
AHRC Funding award: full funding for MA in Visual Anthropology (2010)

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS

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)

QUALIFICATIONS 

MA Visual Anthropology / Goldsmiths University of London
BA (Hons) First Class Drama & Screen Studies / University of Manchester

 

 

Foundation Art / Northampton University