Pixels are in front of us, hiding in plain sight. A bricked window to tumble into and be mesmerised by. They long for your attention, distracting you with their casino-like flashing, blocking out everything in your periphery and denying boredom with desirable visualisations, while viscerally shaking your world through their opaque invisibility. We ignore their true form, enthralled by what they show us, their liquidity reinforcing what we want to see, polymorphically seeping into our bodies and becoming an extension of ourselves. They are the end line of a simulation, a veil representing code, which in turn cloaks binary, which itself creates meaning from the flashes of electrons. They don’t care what camouflages them and act as a kaleidoscopic barrier that continuously changes, enabling an environment for hidden implicit surveillance and manipulation. Their machinery is contained behind sleek frames, designed to psychologically entice and focus our concentration, making us addicts of their magic.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2019
Focused on the slipperiness of pixels and the turbulent affect that they emit, Kit Mead makes
composited moving image, installations and durational prints that respond to how digital technologies manipulate and modify reality.
- BA (Hons) Fine Art, Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria, 2010
- 'Across the Slippery Pitch as a Speckled Murmur Follows', Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2019; Mount Florida Screenings and Plymouth Arts Centre Exchange, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow & PAC, Plymouth, 2018; 'Soapbox', Close-Up Cinema, London, 2018; 'Theia', WORM, Rotterdam, 2018; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; 'Oh My Days', Christ's Hospital, Horsham, 2017; 'Sura Medura', UZ Arts, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2017; 'Advert', Glasgow International, Glasgow, 2016; Mount Florida Screenings, Mount Florida Studios, Glasgow, 2016; 'Since 1984', Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, 2015; Southside Art Trail, Dress for the Weather, Glasgow, 2015; 'East End Transmissions', The Pipe Factory, Glasgow, 2014; 'Making History', Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo, 2014