Joe King is an award-winning artist working across the field of moving image, using innovative techniques and animation to combine and manipulate photography, film and sound.
Joe lives and works in Essex and London. He has worked in arts education for the past thirteen years supervising at Masters and Research degree levels. Originally studying Film and Photography at The International Film School Wales he went on to study Animation at Royal College of Art.
Before concentrating on his own moving image practice, Joe was a director for the production company Slinky pictures working on, and directing, commercial work including advertising, titles etc. Other areas included directing music promos as well as producing visuals for live performances and for bands such as U2.
Joe’s work moves between single screen and multimedia gallery installations. His work has been screened and exhibited around the world, broadcast internationally and have won awards both at home and abroad. Joe works between digital and more traditional technologies using formats ranging from 35mm to digital video and still photography. Landscape, architecture and place have informed much of his work, which is often a response to a specific place – its use and history – as well as studies in movement and time. He is interested in using the conventions of traditional filmmaking to produce nonconventional narratives and works with both live action and animation. Another area of interest is the engagement with processes/techniques as intrinsic to an artist’s work or production, including sound design and editing.
Present projects include curating and developing visuals for Sting and Peter Gabriel’s live US tour and The Waiting Room project in collaboration with The Tindersticks and Clermont Ferrand film festival. Other work includes Parkwood Avenue, a moving image piece in response to a specific location that was supported by the Arts Council and Resonance, a two-screen projection and on screen text for a new performance piece in the form of an operatic cycle, with a particular focus on interconnections between sight, sound, touch and words. This was part of the cultural Olympiad unlimited programme. Other recent exhibited work includes Strange Lights 2 (two-screen video installation) and Bivouac digital slides and sculptural form.
Joe’s practice-led research, is in the field of moving image, photography, and installation — in various forms and combinations — it is an on-going investigation into spatiality and notions of place, temporality and the everyday, with a focus on his fascination with places on the margins of town and country. His curiosity with liminal places is mirrored within his practice by an interest in the perceived gap or space between the still and moving photographic image, blurring the boundaries between the still and moving image.
Current: Lucinda (The Waiting Room project)
2013: Parkwood Avenue
2010: Strange lights Commissioned by Arts council England
2008: city speaks (I Am Not You) BBC, Film London Arts Council
2006: Sea Change Commissioned by Film London
2005: Chatterbox Commissioned by Royal Opera House
2002: Survey commissioned by S4C, release date
1999: Mobius Strip
1999: Time and Tide… commissioned by S4C, release date
Funding and awards
His personal films and videos have received funding from Film London's Artists Film and Video Awards, S4C and Sgrin, Film London Artists Moving Image Network, BBC Radio 4, and Wellcome Trust. He has been nominated for, and won prizes including Jerwood Moving Image Award 2008, SXSW Film Festival (USA 2006), Ann Arbour Film Festival (USA 2006), Hull International Film Festival (UK, 2006) Festival du Nouvea Cinema, Montreal (Canada, 2006), 25fps (Croatia, 2006). He also works in collaboration with fellow artist Rosie Pedlow with whom he co-founded Folk///projects. Other areas of his practice include sound design and editing.
In 2005 Joe King, along with fellow artist Rosie Pedlow, formed Folk///projects to facilitate collaborative projects producing work such as Sea Change and Strange Lights. Other collaborations have included research with Norwich School of Art and Design and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals into medical diagnostic imagery and its possible applications within an artistic environment.
Joe has been an external examiner for a number of universities and has been a member of validation boards in both the UK and internationally. As well as being invited as guest lecturer to a number of international courses he has spoken at international education conferences in China, and in 2006 was awarded a Visiting Professorship at Jilin University China.