Curated projects

Are We All Addicts Now?
Furtherfield, London, UK
22nd September 2017

Are We All Addicts Now? Artwork by Katriona Beales. Photo Pau Ros BLOG

The exhibition and research project Are We All Addicts Now? explores the seductive and addictive qualities of the digital. Artist Katriona Beales’ work addresses the sensual and tactile conditions of her life lived online: the saturated colour and meditative allure of glowing screens, the addictive potential of infinite scroll and notification streams. Her new body of work for AWAAN re-imagines the private spaces in which we play out our digital existence. The exhibition includes glass sculptures containing embedded screens, moving image works and digitally printed textiles. Beales’ work is complemented by a new sound-art work by artist and curator Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice.

Accompanying the exhibition, a book designed by Stefan Schafer and edited by Vanessa Bartlett and Henrietta Bowden-Jones, brings together Beales’ and MacDonald’s artwork and writing with essays from contributors in the fields of anthropology, digital culture, psychology and philosophy. This book is the first interdisciplinary study of the emerging field of internet addiction.  Copies of the book are on sale at the Liverpool University Press website

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‘Are we all addicts now?’ is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Photo: Are We All Addicts Now? Katriona-Beales. Pau Ros.

Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age
UNSW Galleries, Sydney, AUS
20 September – 22 November 2017

Overview including The Financial Crisis 2009 by Superflex.

In a period of relative prosperity, instances of anxiety and depression are astonishingly high. For many, digital technologies are exacerbating this problem, altering our sense of identity and social relationships. Meanwhile, others suggest that technological innovation is a crucial tool for finding new ways to improve the lives of those who experience social isolation, illness and emotional distress. Group Therapy offers artworks, design objects and digital research exploring connections between mental health and the values, political conditions, and technologies that structure our lives. Visitors are invited to consider their own relationship to technology and how constant digital stimulation and distraction can serve to numb or exacerbate day-to-day anxieties.

Katriona Beales
Richard Bell
Dora García
Institute for New Feeling
George Khut
Gretta Louw
Melanie Manchot
Miyarrka Media
Lauren Moffatt
Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)
Kate Owens and Neeta Madahar
Erica Scourti
Bonney Djuric, Lily Hibberd and Jenny McNally, members of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project

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Photo: Silversalt

Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK
5th March – 17 May 2015
Curated by Vanessa Bartlett and Mike Stubbs

Group Therapy FACT Liverpool. Stephen King

Group Therapy invites audiences to reconsider their perceptions of mental health by asking how far our personal wellbeing is related to the values of the society we live in. In the 21st century where many of our daily activities are mediated by digital devices, it focuses particularly on the impact of new technologies on our sense of self and our collective wellbeing.

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Katriona Beales
Dora García
George Khut
Melanie Manchot
Lauren Moffatt
Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)
Kate Owens and Neeta Madahar
Members of Freehand (FACT’s young people’s programme) and Erica Scourti Superflex
the vacuum cleaner
Quintan Ana Wikswo

Photo: Stephen King

Red Wire Gallery
15th- 21st November 2008
Curated by Vanessa Bartlett


Slowness was an exhibition that presented six young international artists working with video and performance. Often collaborating with musicians, writers and other none art counterparts, the artists converged on Red Wire Gallery, with the joint intention of subverting and reinterpreting our conventional perceptions of time based artworks.

Laura Cooper
Giles Bailey and Jens Strandberg
Birgit Deubner
Rhian Russell in collaboration with Nick Wright
Hanna Tuulikki in Collaboration with James Lee
Kai-Oi Jay Yung in collaboration with Neil Campbell and Mark Pilkington

Photo: Alex Wolkowicz

The Liar, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Bridewell Gallery
7 – 27 June 2008
Curated by Vanessa Bartlett


The Liar, the Witch and the Wardrobe drew together five artists whose work deals with narrative, illusion and the built environment.

Spanning the Bridewell’s gallery space and prison cell corridor, the works were enriched by their context, serving as spectres of imagined histories and drawing on the human inclination to experience buildings as vessels for the psychological topography of our own pasts.

Joe Bampton
Birgit Deubner
Nicola Fitzsimmons
Jim Loftus
Rhian Russell
Emily Speed

Photo: Birgit Deubner

Kensington Cradle Songs
An Exhibition by Hanna Tuulikki
The Bridewell Gallery
1st-22nd November 2007


In her Exhibition Kensington Cradle Songs, Glasgow based artist Hanna Tuulikki used sound installation and drawing to explore the role of song in contemporary human relationships.

Kensington is an area in North Liverpool that is home to a diverse range of cultural communities. During October Hanna asked residents from in and around Kensington to share with her  ‘cradle songs’ which they may have sung to their children or that they remember from their own childhood. These songs were recorded and developed into an exhibition that took place at The Bridewell Studios Gallery.

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