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The Fickle Screen

‘Sculpting Motion: The Fickle Screen’, a solo exhibition from Madi Boyd at Gerald Moore Gallery from 17th January to 28th February 2015.

Sculpting Motion: The Fickle Screen is a solo exhibition by installation artist Madi Boyd, curated by AXNS Collective. Boyd’s work is primarily digital moving image installation, a practice she developed out of an interest in the interaction between built space, moving image and the human perceptual system. The exhibition presents two installations: The Point of Perception (2009) and her latest piece, Projected Distortions.

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William Blake: Artist of Visions or Visionary Artist

“All my visions appear to me infinitely more perfect and more organised than anything seen by the mortal eye.” (William Blake)

Blake’s visions have long been a topic of debate by scholars, artists and poets; and now, in this age of neuroscientific advancement, they are being considered by psychologists too.

AXNS Collective joined in collaboration with Blackwells to present a panel of artists, neuroscientists and philosophers investigate the work of William Blake. Together we asked how useful is it to look at Blake’s visions through Psychology and does it reduce his artistic agency? Were Blake’s visions purely visual, or expressions of a wider political agenda?

Part of the Inspired by Blake festival, a two-week William Blake Festival from Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum celebrating the visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon complementing the Ashmolean’s exhibition, “William Blake: Apprentice and Master“, which runs until 1st March 2015.


Professor Glyn Humphries
Watts professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.

Professor Christopher Rowland
Dean Ireland’s Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture at Queens College Oxford

DH Maitreyabandhu
Buddhist poet, winner of the Keats-Shelley prize, Basil Bunting Award, and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize

Lucy Kellett
Post doctorate student specialising in the work of William Blake.

Chair: David Worrall
Emeritus Professor of English at Nottingham trent University, Vice President of the Blake Society



Fractured Visions

Fractured Visions is an Augmented Reality installation by artist Tamiko Thiel and psychiatrist Dominic ffytche from the KCL Institute of Psychiatry.

Together they have created a freely accessible digital, mobile installation, located on the KCL Guy’s campus by London Bridge, depicting the effects of a visual perceptual disorder called palinopsia. A symptom of neurological dysfunction, palinopsia causes images to repeat and perseverate across the visual field.  Accompanying the installation, is a digital catalogue, an on-line film and blog.

Fractured Visions: To See Again from AXNS Collective on Vimeo.

Film shot and directed by Butchy Davy:
Music by Louis Slipperz

In The Mind’s Eye

On Monday 19th May, AXNS, in partnership with KCL Neuroscience Society and KCL Psychiatry Society, held a panel discussion of art historians, philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists, attempting to unravel how we view art and what it can tell us about the mysteries of the brain.

I co-organised the event, and produced all the visual material. For full details visit the AXNS Collective site here.

Brand New Ancients On Film, Kate Tempest


Working for Battersea Arts Centre and with director Joe Roberts, I project managed and produced three high quality short films depicting key chapters in Kate Tempest’s award winning production Brand New Ancients. My role ranged from managing the budget to sourcing locations, co-ordinating call sheets to commissioning animators.  I also organised release of the first video through The Guardian website.

This is the first instalment.


Playground Projects

Playground Projects is an interactive digital book I wrote and project managed for Battersea Arts Centre in collaboration with THEM Design. It documents the collaboration between Battersea Arts Centre and Haworth Tompkins architects and the architectural approach they developed together called ‘Playgrounding’ while developing the £13.3 million masterplan for the Grade II Listed Victorian Town Hall building BAC is housed in.


Sum is a collection of short stories by David Eagleman about the afterlife. This work is based on the title story ‘Sum’ which explores the idea that when a person dies, they experience their life again, but instead of re-living it as it happened, it is grouped into blocks of sensation. For example, two weeks in the shower, four days wondering if there’s something better you could be doing or an hour realizing you’ve forgotten someone’s name.

In order to visually represent this I took the format of a time card and re-worked it’s grid so that each experience had it’s own card to represent.

The Museum of Everything: Exhibition #4, #4.1 & #5

I was part of the team that worked on The Museum of Everything Exhibition #4 & #4.1 at Selfridges. I ran the communications for the project which entailed running the press campaign, developing print promotions such as flyers, negotiating and delivering advertising and media partnerships with publications such as Time Out, Art Forum and modern painters.

The exhibitions won the 2012 IDCA Award for Best Retail Design, and were runners up for Best Branding Campaign and Best Exhibition Communication.

See below for a selection of the coverage, some examples of advertising artwork and artwork that went towards the website design for Exhibition #5 in Russia.

Them and Us

An independent exhibition showcasing a unique mixture of contemporary Illustration and Graphic Design, featuring the work of 54 graduate contributors from London College of Communication, at The Rag Factory in London. Along with two others I organised, installed at run it as an open exhibition.

sponsored by….Kopparberg


Architecture in the Arab World

Architecture in the Arab World was a photography exhibition at the RIBA exploring the nature of public space in the Arab world, park of the London Mayor’s Shubakk: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture festival. It was organised and curated by NOUS Collaborative. I worked with their team to help organised content, curate and hang the show. I provided support during the associated seminars and events, and produced all print design to go along with the exhibition. Click here to see the full brochure design.


Brady Arts Centre Community Mural

The Brady Arts Centre is a Community Centre near Brick Lane. This 60ft mural was the end product of a number of workshops we ran with different age groups of children from the centre giving them different subject matter to visualise which we then translated into the mural format, which we then painted up with the help of the children onto the side of Shoreditch station.

Archetypal Narrative

This project was made in relation to my dissertation, which was on the topic of mythology in contemporary culture. I focused on the area of transference within folklore; how the same story can be found repeated in various cultures and times. There is a categorisation system for folklore called the Aarne-Thomson Categorisation System which numerically groups folk-tales by theme/plot device. I chose a specific section- Tale Type 425: Animal Bridegrooms, and cross referenced four tales from it by making a visual algorithm of their plots.

This booklet is a combination of the algorithm and the stories themselves.


This was the internal graduation show for LCC Illustration, which I curated and organised along with Holly Black, Ciara Haplin, Bill Bartram, Rebbecca Carter, Tash Dean and Grace Poulter.

The Mural featured was expertly painted by: Grace Poulter, Aisling Maye, Ciara Davidson, Jaquline Ford, Annu Kilpelainen and Robert Shutteworth.

Organ Morgan Presents….

This is a compilation of marvellous songs that feature the organ. Organ Morgan is a character from Dylan Thomas’ play ‘Under Milk Wood’, the organ master. I like Dylan Thomas and Organs, it seemed appropriate.

Disc 1

J. S. BACH //Bach: Toccata & Fugue In D Minor
THE ZOMBIES//Time Of The Season
MAGAZINE//Definitave Gaze
ETTA JAMES//Stop The Wedding
ANNE COLE//Don’t Stop the Wedding
THE ANIMALS//House Of The Rising Sun
JIMMY SMITH//Organ Grinder’s Swing
DAVE “BABY” CORTEZ//Happy Soul With A Hook
AL GREEN//Love And Happiness
LED ZEPPELIN//Your Time Is Gonna Come
BOB DYLAN//Like A Rolling Stone

Disc 2

Fats Weller//Don’t Try Your Jive On Me
THE METERS//Just Kissed My Baby
CURTIS MAYFIELD//Diamond in the Back…
BEASTIE BOYS//So What’cha Want
YO LA TENGO//Sudden Organ
DJ SHADOW//Organ Donor
BELLE AND SEBASTIEN//The Boy With The Arab Strap
SOLOMON BURKE//None Of Us Are Free
DJ NOIZE//0.D.B Tribute
NAS//Hip Hop Is Dead
ARCADE FIRE//My Body Is A Cage
STEEVIE WONDER//Living For The City
RADIOHEAD//Motion Picture Soundtrack

Ice Cream

This Project came from looking at ice cream graphics. Here is an excerpt of the visuals I produced, from a composition made based on lyrics of the Tom Waits song ‘Ice Cream Van’, research into hand painted signs based on the aesthetic of the vans, a photographic flickbook done in the style of 1970’s food photography, and a series of drawings exploring the territorial nature of ice cream men, ‘ice cream gangs’ in the style of the 1979 Walter Hill film ‘The Warriors” and a collective name of ‘The Serious Chime Squad’.


Cinematographic Reference

Cinematographic Reference is a book tracing five 1930’s cinema buildings from their time during the Golden Age of Cinema to their current state. The stories of the buildings travel through many transformations from churches to furniture shops. The content is comprised of my own photography and archive research sourced from the Ronald Grant Archive and the Cinema Theatre Association who very kindly let me dig around in their archives. The buildings and their journeys are representations of our changing needs. From palaces of decadent escapism amid the 1930’s depression to gleaming commercialism on Regent Street’s shopping super highway.

The tickets are an offshoot of this, a small product designed to make something that’s normally disposable into an object you’d want to keep, reflecting the role that cinema played in peoples lives in the 30’s in contrast to the role it plays now due to the hybridised nature of the media.