Notes on making and showing work for student-led exhibitions

This year I have created and exhibited work for students' exhibitions. Once in March with Three Years, a book based on personal Twitter archival data. And recently with Looking and Gug, two works that speculate about casual gay dating via online platforms—Grindr in particular.

These three works look at the way we interact with popular media of communication. Three Years gives meaning to pieces of information—my Tweets—which contain very little message when taken on their own. I did this using design and live performance. Looking and Gug are works that come from personal experiences with casual dating and hookups in the gay London scene. Both works aim to overturn the image that we hold of platforms we use daily: Twitter and Grindr. They are as much as an artistic exercise—and thus an exercise of self-expression— as they are critiques to popular media of communication.

The exhibitions in which I have shown these works were challenging experiences on their own. 528 was one of the most rewarding projects I contributed to this year so far. A show in which I have played a significant part in setting up. Yes, a small and exhibition, but one which process of curation taught me invaluable skills; including writing a press release and working with a large group of students. Square_one was instead a show that I experienced from the outside. As the exhibitor that doesn't know much about how everything is organised. Though, I recognise and am glad for the effort of those who took part in making the exhibition come to life. Both shows were wonderful experiences and I am pleased the University game the opportunity to take part in them.