Brighton Arts Lab
Eric Drass is an artist and curator and speaker who makes work in a range of media, from painting, to digital installation, to generative experiments which live on the net. Some of his favourite themes are identity, consciousness, the philosophical ramifications of artificial intelligence, big data and the relationship between humans and machines. Sometimes this work is political, frequently it is playful, often it is provocative or transgressive in some way. His works are frequently reported and cited online (BoingBoing, b3ta, Imperica, Computer Arts and Wikipedia etc.)
Eric holds a degree in Philosophy and Psychology (Oxford) and an unfinished PhD in Cognitive Psycholinguistics (also Oxford). He is co-author on a number of patents dealing with PRISM-type surveillance technologies (long before PRISM became public), and a number of academic papers relating to neural network models of language acquisition and heritability.
He also used to be a singer in an experimental hardcore band, an unsuccessful male model, and once took at dotcom 1.0 company from a bedroom project to 14 countries and back, spending $50m on the way. Twenty years ago he was a TV star in America, but he doesn’t like to talk about it.
Sam Hewitt appears to be a multi-media artist. He resembles a former member of the band Clearlake, a co-developer of The Private Sector and half of the Fortunecats collaboration. He could have co-written and directed the Brexorcist, a highlight of last year’s Brighton fringe. Sam also seems to be a well regarded oil painter and his works may be in collections around the world. The Private Sector / Fortunecat Productions
Tim Leopard is a British Writer, Artist and Performer. His bands include CELEBRICIDE (defunct) and THE PRIVATE SECTOR (extant). He is a polite anarchist, who respectfully requests the immediate elimination of all dogmatic control systems. Tim's Patreon
Duncan Henderson has lived and worked in Brighton theatre for the last 20 years, most recently in the Fringe Festival in his new one man show, The Polished Scar, at The Rialto. When not involved in any acting, he is in Poet’s Corner, at Workhaus, a community of artists, designers, cabinet makers, leatherworkers and computer fiends.
Deborah Turnbull’s debut poetry collection, Trial by Scar, launched in December 2017, and she was counted among Eyewear’s Best New British and Irish Poets. She is the poet in residence at the Booth Museum of Natural History, writing a poem series there about rewilding grief. She opposes the malnourishing prescription of mainstream ‘lifestyle’ and party politics, and instead reimagines autonomy. Turnbull’s work is usually of dark matter, but she promises to lighten up just as soon as the world changes. Deborah Turnbull
Rikki Tarascas is a Fine Artist, Director/Producer, Performer and commissioned writer who has worked with in the visual and performing arts. After studying theatre and photography he began to explore the relationship between the photographic portrait and the concept of performance. His early directorial and interdisciplinary performance work explored the creative space between text and the photographic image and a fascination for the films of Buster Keaton, later developed into an interest in the neutral mask and training with Grotowski, Jacques Le Coq and Phillippe Gaulier.
The films of Peter Greenaway, Marina Abramovich, Franko B and others made him question and challenge performance and narrative conventions and the relationship between performance art & theatre. His interest in the exploration of the irrational and the somatic prompted him to continue to practice painting throughout his work in theatre and performance. He has also trained as a Yoga teacher and Shiatsu practitioner. Further training includes Bournmouth and the National Film School. During his recent Artist Residency at the Devonshire Collective in Eastbourne he created a large triptych painting inspired by stories from Africa.
Rikki’s work as a director has been visually and choreographically led and generally disrupts the distinction between spectator and performer. He was Director in Residence and performer with the seminal large-scale site-specific company Welfare State International, and Director of Performance at the Eden Project. Additional direction includes work for Contact Theatre, M6 Theatre Company, Pit Prop and Trickster He’s also toured extensively as an actor. Rikki’s worked in the film industry in various capacities and was Co-producer of the feature film Carmen’s Kiss starring Hugo Spear.
He’s written and directed his own short films which were funded by the LFVDA and the National Lottery. His short 16mm film Courier, a visually led magic realist film that features his spin paintings as a vortex intended to draw the viewer into the sensory world of paint won The Alfred Hitchcock Script Award. Screenings have included Cannes, Raindance and Brighton film festivals. His magic realist short film Rocka and the Angel inspired by the book ,’The Drama of the Gifted Child ‘– The search for the true self by Alice Miller, was re - commissioned to be written as a stage play with music and was funded to tour. His site – responsive production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, set over four floors of an office block posing as a mental institution won The Audience Choice award in Brighton Festival Fringe and was transferred to The Komedia, Brighton for a sellout run.
He continues to work as a freelancer whilst pursuing other his own practice
Frank France - Chasing the last decent thought he had down a narrow alley in a wetsuit.
Brighton Arts Lab is an evolving group of artists, philosophers and practitioners who meet regularly to collaborate. The work, produced in a range of media, is resoundingly counter-cultural and more than a little refreshing.