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Satellite Bureau

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The artist collaborative group Satellite Bureau was awarded an ITEM commission from FACT, NESTA and the Arts Council of England in 2004.  Satellite Bureau has developed a live GPS drawing tool called Landlines to create dynamic installations and performances.  Landlines is a multi-user drawing tool for mobile phone and Bluetooth GPS.  It is both a program and a device and is the main instrument that Satellite Bureau artists Jen Hamilton, Jen Southern, and Chris St. Amand will use during the residency.  The device tracks the latitude and longitude of the user and systematically sends it to the program through Bluetooth GPS systems.  The group has worked with Adam Hoyle to produce a Flash animation program called MAPPER that allows routes to be portrayed in real time.  By annotating walking regions with photographs and texts, the ‘telling’ of location-based narratives are accomplished.  Initial explorations will be conducted by individual Satellite Bureau artists (first stage) and will expand to include the participation from the local community (second stage). Conducting on-site Landlines workshops will prompt all participatory involvement from local communities.  The resulting data will be presented as a series of prints, drawings and sculptural sketches speaking to the experience of walking as an ongoing exploration.


Artists' biographies:

Jen Hamilton is an Associate of the Sculpture/Installation program at the Ontario College of Art and Design.  She completed her Master of Fine Art at Concordia University in 1996 and her Diploma in Visual Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1992.  Jen works collaboratively and independently producing installation, drawings, sculptures and technological-based art.  The most recent exhibition with collaborative artist Jen Southern was titled Running Stitch held at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton, UK.  Jen Hamilton is associated with the artist group Satellite Bureau.  The group investigates the connections and conflicts between sets of relations and kinesthetic experience. 


Jen Southern lives and works in Huddersfield, UK.  She is a Senior Lecturer in Multimedia Design department at the University of Huddersfield where she currently working on an MPhil.  Ms. Southern graduated with her Master of Fine Art from Concordia University in 1996, where she was a recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship.  Her work is composed of new media installations that use GPS, mobile phones, robotics and websites. She is a member of Pylon which is a pilot project that supports the development and dissemination of work by three new media installation artists and is also a member of the Digital Research Unit in Huddersfield.  One of her recent exhibitions was held at Futuresonic in collaboration with Jen Hamilton in Manchester.


Chris St. Amand produces site-specific installations and public sculptures.  He completed his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Regina in 1995.  Mr. St. Amand creates art work in the forms of sculpture, installation art, drawing and environmental art.  His most recent commission was titled Portage for the Centennial Pubic Art Commission in Lac La Ronge, SK (2005).  Currently, Mr. St. Amand is the head studio technician for the Visual Department at the University of Regina.  He has exhibited nationally and in 2005, he was awarded one of four permanent sculptural commissions for Saskatchewan’s centennial.  Mr. St. Amand was a featured artist in the documentary television series Landscape as Muse.   




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