Brass Art is Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz and Anneké Pettican, based in Manchester, Glasgow and Huddersfield, UK. Within their collaborative art practice they use analogue and digital technologies as a means to disrupt conventional narratives and to capture themselves in real and imagined situations. Manifest as miniature 3D models, morphic silhouettes, drawings and shadowy digital sprites, their artwork returns to themes of the double, the in/animate, the limen and the atemporal.
Brass Art address the playful aspect of ‘doubling’ and how it is performed within collaborative practice. Using the form of the ‘shadow self’ to represent this process, they animate static forms (figures, silhouettes, objects) with different light-based technologies: from the illusory qualities of the pre-cinematic to white light bodyscanning (3D and 4D) and laser technologies. This manipulation of the body’s anatomical boundaries enables the artists’ portraits to shift between the real and the virtual.
Through irreverent exploration and application of new and analogue technologies, Brass Art edit and insert themselves into select environments - museum store rooms, delicate ivory artifacts, an airport terminal link, hot air balloons - often disrupting perceived boundaries and narratives in the process.
At the forefront of their recent practice is the impulse to physically occupy well-known collections of celebrated authors under the project title Shadow Worlds | Writers’ Rooms. Using Microsoft’s Kinect on-range scanner, in collaboration with Spencer Roberts, they captured their peformative actions at the Brontë Parsonage, Wycoller Hall and the Freud Museum, London. Working with composers Alistair Macdonald and Monty Adkins respectively, the artists have sought to record the intimate sounds of, and their own embodied responses to, these interior spaces in order to create immersive moving image installations.
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