Due to the fantastic funding received from the Arts Council this year, Shangri-La will be featuring more artists than ever. We have over 20 audio-visual geniuses residing in Shangri-Heaven and Shangri-Hell over Glastonbury weekend.
We are on a mission to make contemporary arts at festivals as strong as the music. This year’s talent will help to develop new audiences, raise artistic quality at the festival and to push the boundaries of what you and artists themselves expect to experience from these events. Award winning and respected worldwide, here’s a little taste of what to expect.
AVTV is a collective of artists who are fascinated with subverting and transforming spaces through film, projection, music and lighting. Obviously influenced by electronic music and pioneering visual content, AVTV believe in liberation through image, sound and movement. Each event features bespoke content from filmmakers, VJs, DJs, live art, performers and video mapping artists.
The AVTV artists appearing at Shangri-La include;
Malcolm Litson aka Bitvert
As well as setting up AVTV, Bitvert (signed to Random Records) is a music producer, performer and artist. He has also has toured with the ‘The Light Surgeons’, the renowned multimedia collective. Performances include The Big Chill,London IMAX,Microwave Festival (Hong Kong) and the Freeform Festival (Warsaw)
After several years as a graphic designer for Georgio Armani, Filippo Bianchi decided to dedicate his life to photography and video art, setting up the collective that is The Butchers Production. Pushing creative boundaries to new limits.
Jude Greenaway aka Scanone
A London based Audio Visual artist, Director, Composer, DJ and label boss of Yellow Machines. As well as running his own audio visual studio as ‘Jude Greenaway’ he runs an artist partnership with his brother as Greenaway & Greenaway producing audio visual works such as music promos and AV Installations.
Other artists appearing at Shangri La in 2014 include…
Dan is acclaimed for his black line engravings that embody the ‘Steampunk’ aesthetic, combining Victorian sensibilities with a fascination for animal attributes. His work is characterized by depictions of fantastical human/animal hybrids, spliced together from late-1800s imagery.
After reading No Logo by Naomi Klein, in particular the bit about Jorge Rodriguez de Gerada changing billboards with paint and cut and paste alterations, Dr D wanted to do something similar. He cut the letters “Su” from one billboard and placed them over another. The ad that had read “Suddenly everything clicks” had been subverted to say “Suddenly everything Sucks”.
Doug’s first works were a set of finely crafted film installations that explored the lengths that people will go to when faced with serious challenges. His more recent, large-scale projection installations aspire to beguile at a more primal level by imposing perfect symmetry on irregular forms from nature to evoke pseudo-biological imagery.
An award-winning artist and designer and maker of extraordinary industrial art creations. Eyal has extensive experience in contraption and prototype manufacture and architectural site construction.
Hayden Kays ironically and conspicuously illustrates how situation-related art can and should be. Kays borrows imagery from mass culture, using acerbic world play that renders the notion of a self-contained art object obsolete. He styles himself as the joker and challenges the viewer not to passively accept what they see in the gallery or anywhere else.
Jimmy South is an outsider artist creating paint, glass and digital works promoting peace. Initially creating beautiful and rare glass works inspired by the Vietnam conflict, Jimmy now turns his hands to site-specific wallpapers and street work. Finding beauty in controversial social issues, Jimmy aims to provoke thoughts of contemplation.
Working across diverse media including sculpture, photography, video and installation, Jim’s work is rooted in intervention. Work stems from the personal encounter with the built environment and reflects upon how technology and digital media reflect this relationship.
The work of Paris based Ludo, often called Nature’s Revenge connects the world of plants and animals with our technological universe and “quest for modernism”. It speaks about what surrounds us, what affects us and tries to highlight some kind of humility.
Mark Hooley aka MNKY, began drawing from an early age, pasting together bloody and gruesome panoramic scenes. He now runs art workshops and works as a screenprinter, painter, illustrator, designer and animator. Mark is a member of the award winning gig poster group BRAG, A partner in Aerosolik Records, DJ + presenter. Rare spare time is spent completing a variety of comics and children’s book ideas that have come from his infested imagination.
Mark Jenkins’ work focuses on urban themes and often locates itself within this physical context. The artist invented his own technique of casting objects using packing tape and plastic wrap. With it he has created a range of characters from clear ducks, dogs and babies to clothed hyper-realistic and “absurdist” anthropomorphic beings molded from his own body and that of his partner Sandra Fernandez.
Born in an artists studio, Ricardo grew up playing with brushes, colours and paintings. With a naïve style, his works are primitive, simple and direct. “I enjoy creating complex stories with simple but powerful graphic style. You could call them stories for grown ups but with the soul of a crazy and free kid.”
English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones. From superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election.
Shaka’s graffiti background includes starting the Paris crew DKP in the early 90s. He is equally as accomplished in fine art and his art today represents his breadth. Shaka’s work blends sculpted expression and movement, incorporating a unique 3D, where the realism is just a pretext to reveal a latent abstraction.
An American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator who emerged from the skate boarding scene. He became widely known in the 2008 presidential election for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster. He is one of today’s best known and influencial street artsts.
Steve Cutts is a London based illustrator & animator. He uses social and political commentary as a strong narrative in his work, employing dark humour to convey more serious messages about the way we live. His work ranges from vibrant pop art to dark surrealism, often referencing mainstream culture in a comically subversive way.
Tim Gould is a designer and maker from Lewes in East Sussex. He creates work from recovered objects and designs graphic work under the name Objectables. He hasn’t finished doing all the work that is up at the festival at the time of writing this so he cannot tell you what it is all about. He can say it is facile and cheap and any humour is shallow and obvious.
Tomorrow is ours to win: Laura little and Jack Short
London based artists Laura Little and Jack Short present a mixed media installation, crossing visual and auditory senses. The piece follows themes of dehumanization in which the fictional organisation of ‘Tomorrow Is Ours To Win’ emphasises the ideologies of a totalitarian, dystopian state.