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Successful applicants for the FLI Residencies 2009 announced

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Folly ( http://www.folly.co.uk ) and Lanternhouse International ( http://www.lanternhouse.org ) are delighted to announce the three successful artists joining them for the FLI Residencies 2009. The scheme is now in its second developmental year as the result of a keen and dynamic partnership between the two organisations.

Internationally renowned interactive artist Stanza ( http://www.stanza.co.uk ) has just completed a three year Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship at Goldsmiths Studios. His work encompasses interactive art, real time networked spaces, installations and performances, and he will spend the month of July in residence assessing his work, its impact and relevance.

US-based artist James Coupe ( http://jamescoupe.com ) will return to the UK to develop the first phase of Surveillance Suite, a non-linear generative film installation supported by Creative Capital in New York. For three months this Summer, he will use face recognition algorithms to transform our experience of Ulverston via a series of overlapping video narratives of various styles, genres and subject matter.

Mark Vernon ( http://www.meagreresource.com ) is a sound artist interested in collaborative practice, based in Glasgow. He will be visiting at a number of points across the year, beginning with a two-week stay in July and will be making work in response to the people, artefacts and places he comes across during his residency in Cumbria.

Talking about the selected artists, Kathryn Lambert, Creative Director of folly, said "We were thrilled with the overwhelming response from artists to the FLI residency scheme and are equally delighted with the line up for this year's programme. We are pleased to be working with three such talented artists and eager to engage with them in a meaningful exploration of their work and ideas."

The FLI Residencies offer support to artists working with new technologies to develop their ideas and extend their practice. Lanternhouse’s Creation Centre Director, Jay Haigh explains “The FLI Residency Programme continues to meet a real need for artists to have access to the high quality discourse and the enriching creative environments that Lanternhouse International and folly provide. It is very inspiring to work with artists this year who are keen to connect their work more deeply at a local level, through a rich programme of participatory activity, and for their innovatory practice to stimulate professional learning across the Northwest. We are particularly delighted to be announcing the successful artists in the same week as the 175th birthday of Lanternhouse itself.”


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For further information contact Jennifer Stoddart at folly on +44(0)1524 388550, jennifer.stoddart@folly.co.uk or Jay Haigh at Lanternhouse International on +44(0)1229 581127, jay@lanternhouse.org

Folly is a leading digital arts organisation working in the Northwest of England and online. Specialists in the creative use of technology and arts participation online, folly seeks to explore how people make sense of the world through art and technology.


Lanternhouse International is an inspirational company, facilitating and producing artistic work that has international impact. The organisation’s distinctive approach enables people from all walks of life to come together, to shape and make new art work, sharing their ideas and skills and expanding their own creative horizons.

Lanternhouse’s birthday celebrations will be taking place at Lanternhouse on Tuesday 16th June 09 from 5-8pm. All are welcome.


About the artists:

Stanza is a London based British artist who specializes in interactive art, networked spaces, installations and performances. His award winning online projects have been invited for exhibition in digital festivals around the world. Work has been shown at The Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum. All his art can be found at http://www.stanza.co.uk

His works explore artistic and technical opportunities to enable new aesthetic perspectives, experiences and perceptions within context of architecture, data spaces and online environments. Stanza travels extensively to present his interactive art, lecturing and giving audio visual performances.

James Coupe is a digital artist whose work focuses on emergent systems, surveillance cinema and aesthetic machines. His projects have been commissioned by New Contemporaries, Metapod, Low-Fi, SCAN, Lancaster City Council, Enter_, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Several of his installations have been created in collaboration with A.I. scientist Rob Saunders, including 9PIN++ and The Difference Engine. His work has received all levels of national and international awards including an Arts and Humanities Research Board Innovation Award, Creative Capital and Artist’s Trust. Coupe is also a Professor at the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS).


Mark Vernon is a sound artist, musician and radio producer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a founding member of the art radio collective, 'Radio Tuesday' and has produced programmes and features for stations including WFMU, RADIA, Resonance FM, CKUT, Radio 101, VPRO and the BBC. His radio productions range from documentaries and radio plays to more experimental audio collage and soundscape pieces.

As well as works for radio his practice encompasses performance, publications, soundtracks, web-based works and releases on vinyl and CD. He is involved in numerous solo and collaborative projects under a variety of names including 'Vernon & Burns' and 'Hassle Hound' who have records out on Gagarin, Pickled Egg, Textile and Staubgold. He has also self-released several small editions of CDR's on his own meagre resource label.