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Working with scientific and technical experts, Joey Holder makes immersive, multimedia installations exploring the limits of the human and how we experience non-human, natural and technological forms. Mixing elements of biology, nanotechnology and natural history against computer programme interfaces, screen savers and measuring devices, she suggests the impermanence and inter-changeability of these apparently contrasting and oppositional worlds: ‘everything is a mutant and a hybrid’.
For her recent exhibition at Wysing Art Centre Cambridge - against the backdrop of the emergent field of computational biology and the Google Genomics project - she invented ‘Ophiux’, a speculative pharmaceutical company, imagining its use of genetic sequencing equipment and biological machines to collect data from humans and to sample data from other organisms. Holder explains: ‘It seems as if everything has become a branch of computer science, even our own bodies probed, imaged, modelled and mapped: redrawn as digital information’.
Based in London, Holder graduated from Kingston University in 2002 and completed an MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2010. She has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Recent solo and duo exhibitions include LD50 in London (with John Russell) in 2016, at Karst in Plymouth (with Viktor Timofeev) in 2015 and at Project Native Informant, London. Her work has been included in numerous group shows. Most recently in 2016 in Vienna, at the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, online at the 9th Berlin Biennale, and in 2015 at the Venice Biennale, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, the ICA, London and The Composing Rooms, Berlin.
Image credit: Joey Holder, 'TETRAGRAMMATON', 2016 at LD50 Gallery, London, photo by Damian Griffiths