Belgian-born conceptual artist Tom Galle works in the realm of internet culture, his fast-paced and quick-witted art keeps up with the speed of the internet; mimicking the simple yet effective language of memes. Speaking to It’s Nice That, Tom explains, “I’m mostly interested in meme culture and how it’s now global language is completely reshaping our contemporary culture”. Tom’s work captures the immediacy of the internet, applying its set of codes with humour to successfully communicate his digital work. “My audience is mainly internet based, so my ideas capture people in a few seconds time while scrolling through their feed” says Tom, the work “takes people’s attention with a simple concept that taps into internet culture which people can relate to”.
“Materials exist everywhere and make up our world, everything is made of something,” outlines founder and director of Ma-tt-er – and former It’s Nice That One to Watch – Seetal Solanki. A research design studio that explores the past, present and future of materials, last night (20 September) Seetal launched Ma-tt-er’s first book, Why Materials Matter, which questions what it means to live in a material world, and how materials of the past and present hold the keys to our future.