Louise Webb

What Next?


While being at home my artist practice of making has continued to be centred around communication,  miscommunication, misinterpretation and mistakes through the multiple participation of narrative and conversation. Through the use of moving images, I have been investigating the intimacy of electronic devices and digital hospitality observing how new social histories and fictional realities are being created through shared technologies. I am interested in how these inevitable formats of communication can be used to share collective joy, resistance and hope while being faced with the difficulties of privacy, false news and hidden algorithms.

During lockdown my research practice has been focused on art community networks, public spaces, administration of the arts, AI and working ethics. I have had a growing interest in the importance of conversation and relationship between art communities and public organisations and councils, this has been further expanded through attending meetings during lockdown with the IU (Incidental Unit) to learn more about their workings as the Artist Placement Group. I have also recently been shown in the Social Art Library led by AxisWeb, this exhibition centred around artworks that were socially engaged and I presented the piece of work I was commissioned to make through the DDC and DAD called Stretches of earth shared, exchanged and collected… (2018) in the Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted project. 

During this time I hosted a salon with Dover Arts Development on “What role does the act of fair exchange and the ethics of invitation have with art organisations?” with the intention to gather different perspectives from local art organisations who approach the aspect of invitation (Who do we invite, why do we invite, how we facilitate this invitation and what do we offer with our invitation?). We discussed  the greater need of diversity and the current pressures (for example social distancing, and financial difficulty) that are affecting the act of invitation with growing use and current need of technology (online seminars) and its benefits and disadvantages. We explored new ideas on how to interact with our local communities and to create stronger dialogues with each other and with the numerous and growing art organisations in the south east.

Within lockdown I have been developing a project I hope to present for a festival called the Festival of the Mind which I intend to investigate the isolation of communication devices that can occur in public spaces and the way everyday AI is changing the way we communicate in person. This has been highlighted in recent events with reliance on technology to communicate and how social distancing is changing the way we use space, making us more aware of people in the space we use. I will be creating a digital, interactive and visual artwork collaborating with sound artist Greg Ireland to represent the distorted conversations being created by the interference of AI and technology.  

ON-MUTE 2020


Studio shot, WIP  – Dover Studio Collective – 2020