Nikki Pugh (UK, 1977).
I work in the grey areas between and across Art, Science and Technology, instigating enquiry-led processes that are often participatory in nature.
I’m primarily interested in issues around interaction: how we interact with spaces and landscapes; how we interact with each other; and how we interact with objects. Typically I will instigate a starting point and a mechanism to support exploration and criticism.
My practice encompasses locative and digital media, walking, performative actions in public spaces (in turn including pervasive games), installation, physical computing and collaboration. I rarely work in isolation, preferring instead to work in response to a particular location, context or conversation.
I co-founded BARG (pervasive games network) and fizzPOP (hackspace – creative use and abuse of technology) to feed the ecosystem within which I operate, working extensively to establish networks, develop audiences and manage events.
Work is currently being guided by the (evolving) Splacist manifesto.
|09/2012 – present||University of the West of England, Bristol.
MA Art, Media and Design by Project (part time).
|09/2000 – 06/2006||Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, University of Central England in Birmingham.
B.A. Art and Design (by Negotiated Study) First Class (Hons).
Foundation diploma in Art and Design, Distinction.
|09/2004 – 06/2005||Dudley College of Technology.
Professional Development Certificate in Sculpture.
|09/1997 – 06/2000||University of Birmingham.
B. Eng Materials Science and Technology, First Class (Hons).
|09/2012||Artspace Research Commissions (ARC) HIJACK, residency at Coventry Artspace|
|05/2012||Residency and commissions for Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, near Corby.|
|03/2012||Residency at the Phoenix film and digital media centre, Leicester.|
|02/2011||Ministry of Rules with City Gallery at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester.|
|01-16/05/2010||fizzPOP residency at The Lombard Method, Birmingham.|
|30/10 – 01/12/2008||Almost Perfect, Banff New Media Institute, Canada.|
|11/2005 – 07/2006||Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Birmingham. Supported by VIVID’s Interdisciplinary Support Programme.|
|09/2011||Artists Access to Art Colleges, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.|
|08/2011||Grants for the Arts, Professional development activities.|
|Spring 2011||Platinum 2. Professional development scheme run by Fierce.|
|06/2010||Grant from Hide&Seek to develop sonar goggles and The Bloop game.|
|10/2009||Hello Digital fringe event: fizzPOP Howduino hackday.|
|10/2008||Grants for the Arts, Almost Perfect residency.|
|07/2008||Grants for the Arts, Emergent Game in Japan.|
|06/2007||Grants for the Arts, Research trip to Japan.|
|07/2006||Springhill Institute Project Development Grant.|
|08/2005||Interdisciplinary Support Programme: R&D grant for collaborative research and cross-disciplinary activity through risk-taking and experimentation.|
|03/12||Documentation of residency, Phoenix Square film and digital media centre, Leicester.|
|10/2009||Documentation of Invigilator: Malvern, collaboration with Paul Conneally, commissioned and exhibited by Malvern Exhibition of Contemporary Art.|
|06/2006 – present||Day Science/Night Science: site-specific installation at the University of Birmingham. (Now in the University’s permanent collection.)|
|26/04 – 11/05/2012||And Miles to go Before I Sleep…, ARTicle, Birmingham.|
|02/06/2011||Fierce’s Platinum showcase, Birmingham.|
|14/05/10||Territorial Play, part of Radiator’s Tracing Mobility programme, Nottingham.|
|06/03 – 02/05/2010||West Midlands Open, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.|
|07-11/07/2009||Pieces of Eight, City Gallery, Leicester|
|07/2009||BNMI exhibition at Botega Gallery, Banff, Canada|
|07/2008 – 04/2009||2°. Weather, Climate, Man, Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany. Selection of items from theweatherproject.|
|28/06/2008||GOODS In, Birmingham. Curated by Harminder Judge and Charlotte Levine. One day exhibition in a disused warehouse.|
|03 – 15/12/2007||Artgos, artsparkle/theartmarket, Leeds. Artists working with multiples.|
|05 – 31/03/2007||c.art.ed in Ansdell: 14 artists’ interventions in Ansdell, Lancashire.|
|01/09/2006||Volume 0 for the Peer-to-Peer Sketchbooks project, Springhill Institute, Birmingham.|
|06 – 12/2006||Open, MILL-WORKERS, Manchester.|
|12 – 17/06/2006||Degree show, International Project Space, Birmingham.|
|12 – 14/03/2004||threshold, exhibition in a vacant shop space, Birmingham.|
|07/2012||Using Games to Enhance Learning and Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide. Nicola Whitton (Editor), Alex Moseley (Editor), Routledge. Interview.|
|12/2010||Uncertain Eastside – Document One: 2009. Project documentation.|
|09/03/2011||Interview by Nina Simon about Ministry of Rules for Museum 2.0|
|08/07/2010||Coverage of The Bloop, Lyn Gardner, The Guardian|
|12/2010||Uncertain Eastside – Document One: 2009.|
|In development||Pathways to Becoming an Engineer. Publication relating to Day Science/Night Science, including essay by Sadie Plant.|
|10/2008||Half A Brick In A Carrier Bag, Conneally and Pugh
/seconds issue 9: vanishing point, the vicious and virtuous circle
|07/2008||ContentsMayVary Issue 2. Artists’ publication.|
|09/2006||ANTI TALENT ZONE: Curated space within the TEN4 Magazine.|
|Spring 2012||Project Management, Still Walking festival, Birmingham (15th March – 1st April 2012).|
|08/02/12||Speaker, The Sanitised City: How public is public space?, Birmingham Salon.|
|17/11/11||Panel member for Mobile, Location and Games, Hello Culture conference, Birmingham.|
|09-10/2011||Research and production trip to New York City, USA.|
|07-08/2011||Project Management, Routes, Roles & Rules, The City Gallery, Leicester|
|09/06/2011||Consultancy for The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum|
|10/05/2011||Own this City presentation at Pecha Kucha Night, Volume 4, Coventry.|
|29/08/2010||Enter the Arena: games event commissioned by the Midlands Arts Centre.|
|15/08/2010||Taste the Game: games event commissioned by the Midlands Arts Centre.|
|09-11/07/2010||Delivery of The Bloop game at Hide & Seek Weekender, National Theatre, London.|
|26/06/2010||Playtesting The Bloop at H&S Sandpit, Warwick Arts Centre, in partnership with Fierce!|
|22-23/10/2009||Attendee and workshop leader, MuseumNext: innovative ways to create more engaging experiences for museum and gallery visitors.|
|13/10/2009||Arts+Media Cre8us Creative Partnerships Event.|
|28/06/2009||Presentation and participatory game at Mozcamp, Moseley, Birmingham|
|22/05/2009||Presentation at Post Digital event, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham|
|04/2009 – 10/2010||Core member of the fizzPOP hackerspce: oganising events and regularly contributing to www.fizzPOP.org.uk|
|12/2008||Co-founder (with pindec) of BARG: pervasive and social games network. Organising meetings, events and games through until October 2010|
|09/2008||Call and Return workshops in Japan and participating in Dislocate08|
|Throughout 2008||Mentoring programme with Eastside Projects, Birmingham.|
|10/2007 – 05/2008||Creative Apprentices training scheme run by Aliss and Creative Partnerships. Developing workshops for educational environments.|
|06/2007 – 07/2007||Research trip to Japan and attendance at Dislocate07 symposium.|
|04/2006 – 2009||Member of the Self-Service planning group, artist-led activities and criticism.|
|06/2006 – 04/2007||Regular participant in 100 Verses for 3 Estates for Alec Finlay and Gavin Wade: shared writing to document a community. 6 workshops in total.|
|09/2006 – 11/2006||Research trip to Japan.|
|06/2005 – 08/2005||Student Exchange Programme, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan|
|12/2004 – 06/2005||Internship Programme/ Professional Development Scheme: project management of a touring exhibition.|
Schools and Workshops:
|25/08/2012||GPS Orchestra, workshop for Octopus Collective, Barrow-in-Furness.|
|Summer 2012||Various education projects for IKON Gallery, Birmingham.|
|10/05/2012||Gretton Explorers, Gretton Primary School, near Corby.|
|31/11/2011||What are the Splacists? Professional development day for MADE, Birmingham.|
|19/11/2011||Easy Circuit Bending, workshop for GLI.TC/H BIRM festival, Birmingham.|
|09/07/2011||Circuit bending 101, workshop at STATIC Trading Co., Liverpool.|
|Spring term 2011||Creative Partnerships project, Wyvern Primary School, Leicester.|
|February half term 2011||Ministry of Rules, emergent activities for the Play Ground exhibition curated by The City Gallery, Leicester.|
|27/11/2010||Circuit bending 101, workshop at Meshed Media, Birmingham.|
|06/11/2010||Circuit bending 101, workshop at Nottingham Hackspace, Nottingham.|
|Autumn term 2010||Creative Partnerships project, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Leicester.|
|Summer term 2010||Creative Partnerships project, Mowmacre Hill Primary School, Leicester.|
|Summer term 2010||Creative Partnerships project, Breedon Hancock’s C of E First School, Tewkesbury.|
|Spring term 2010||Active learning in Maths project, Whitmore Park Primary School, Coventry.|
|Spring 2010||Flexible learning day planning and delivery, including design of a pervasive game, Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School, Coventry.|
|Spring term 2010||Come Alive with Science programme, King Edward VII Science & Sport College, Coalville, Leicestershire.|
|04/12/2009||Creative Learning Day at Mowmacre Hill Primary School, Leicester.|
|10/10/2009||Maps and Mechanics for Interacting with Space, day-long workshop for Joshibi Summer School, Birmingham City University|
|01/08/2009||Emergent Game at the Hide&Seek Weekender Festival, London|
|24/06/2009||Emergent Game at Sandpit 13, Royal Festival Hall, London|
|Summer term 2009||WOW! A song for Skatz, Linden Primary School, Leicestershire.|
|Spring term 2009||Come Alive with Science, Babington Community Technology College, Leicestershire.|
|19-21/09/2008||Call and Return at igfest (Interesting Games Festival), Bristol|
|13/09/2008||Call and Return workshop at Dislocate08, Yokohama.|
|08/09/2008||Call and Return workshop at hanare project, Kyoto|
|05/08-07/08||Our Discovery Project, Hawthorn School, Birmingham.|
|05/08-06/08||Where have the trees gone? Christ Church School, Birmingham.|
|04/2008||The Cocoon Project. Imperial Avenue School, Leicester.|
|10/2007 – 12/2009||Children’s Science Presenter, Mad Science West Midlands. Hands-on science experiments and demonstrations for children aged 3 to 12.|