As September begins and the working world seems to wake up again, there’s never been a better time for a bit of creative inspiration. Well, as usual here at It’s Nice That, we have just the ticket. Taking place on 24 September, this back-to-school edition of Nicer Tuesdays will ensure you feel refuelled and excited to be back at your computer, Wacom, sketchbook or whatever it may be.
It’s a particularly exciting line-up this month as our speakers hark from across the globe and from a variety of disciplines. With Russian-born, London-based photographer Turkina Faso first up to the podium, she will be followed by London and New York-based artist Ben Cullen Williams and London-based illustrator Alec Doherty, before Christie Morgan, founder of Melbourne-based Pitch Studios rounds off the evening.
Here’s a bit more information about September’s line-up…
Russian-born, London-based photographer Turkina Faso is a portrait and fashion photographer whose work we’ve been fans of for several years now. Having graduated from London College of Fashion with an MA in fashion photography back in 2016, she’s since gone on to work for Mulberry, Vogue, Wonderland, Schwartzkopf and many more.
When Turkina joins us for September’s Nicer Tuesdays, however, it will be her ongoing personal series documenting her younger sister Alice which will form the basis of her talk. Now over a decade in the making, the series began as a way for the sisters to connect and maintain a relationship – Alice being 13 years younger than Turkina. With the power of hindsight today, it’s now a series which examines memory and how it shapes us and warps over time into a “fake documentary” of Alice’s life.
Ben Cullen Williams is a London and New York-based artist who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2013. While his work consists of installations, sculptures, photographs and films, it always aims to create an engagement with the phenomenological elements of the world around us – light, space, material and form. For his Nicer Tuesdays talk, Ben will be talking through his recent collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor.
Back in December of 2018, it was announced that choreographer Wayne had collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab to create Living Archive – “an artificially intelligent choreographic tool, trained on hundreds of hours of video from the choreographer’s extensive back catalogue as well as solo material created on each of the current company.” In July of this year, in Los Angeles, the tech was put to use in a live AI performance experiment accompanied by a video installation by Ben, a fascinating project which he will be giving insight into.
Long-term readers of It’s Nice That will be more than familiar with the name Alec Doherty. Over the years, we’ve championed the London-based illustrator’s jaunty characters as they’ve progressed and been refined. A style that’s garnered him a loyal following, Alec has been commissioned by Die Zeit, The New York Times, Red Bull Music Academy, The Guardian, Nokia and Byron Hamburgers – to name a few.
Clearly a creative whose work can sit in many contexts, Alec will be giving us an overview of his practice and some recent developments in his portfolio. With ongoing work creating beer labels for Partizan Brewing, he’ll also give insight into how he created a giant piece made of wood and metal for the lobby of Victory Plaza in Stratford.
Joining us all the way from Melbourne is Christie Morgan, founder and director of Pitch Studios. What started off as a zine curating a network of Australia’s most exciting artists and designers eventually turned into a full-blown future-forward creative studio. Today, Pitch works with institutions, brands and agencies (including Tate, Nike and Puma) to create new forms of digital experiences using 3D animation and emerging tech.
Christie will be taking to the Nicer Tuesdays stage to outline a bit more about this story and the studio’s ethos which believes that captivating experiences make humans happy and fulfilled. She will also be giving a bit of insight into the studio’s process which, because of the way it came into being, means as individuals they conceptualise as artists utilising their in-house team combined with a global network, but deliver as a studio.