Rut Blees Luxemburg & Sophy Rickett


Berlin, Germany

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Rut Blees Luxemburg and Sophy Rickett will be conducting this workshop in Berlin. The theme will include the  conceptualisation of cities from a Flaneuse perspective whilst constructing urban narratives. In this regard, Berlin, will be the focus of exploration, employing a psychogeographic sensibility to make a specific visualisation of this vast and complex metropolis. Participants will be expected to produce an unfinished body of work, a work in perpetual process. The emphasis will be to experience and experiment.

Rut Blees Luxemburg studied Political Science in Duisburg, Germany, before attending the London College of Printing to complete her BA in Photography in 1993. She graduated with an MA in Photography from the University of Westminster in 1996.
Her first monograph, London – A Modern Project, appeared in 1997 and included an essay by Michael Bracewell; it was followed by Liebeslied/My Suicides, with text by Alexander Garcia Düttmann in 2000. In 2004, the photobook, ffolly, with texts by Cerith Wyn Evans, Patrick Lynch, Douglas Park, was published by ffotoworks. The most comprehensive monograph on her work, Commonsensual, was published by Black Dog in 2009 and includes a critical essay by Regis Durand. In 2012, the Museum Simeonstift in Trier, Germany held a survey show of her work, Lustgarten.

Rut Blees Luxemburg has exhibited widely throughout the UK, including the solo exhibition Phantom, a photographic exploration of Modernity’s imprint on the architecture of Dakar, Senegal, at Tate Liverpool in 2003. In 2007, she was commissioned to create a public art installation for the London Underground at Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport and produced a work titled, Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes.

Rut Blees Luxemburg frequently contributes to a range of discursive platforms. In 2012 she was a guest on The Forum: Night – Friend or Foe, a programme produced by BBC World Service, while in 2013 she participated in the event, Photography and the Ethnographic Archive, at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt.

She is a lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London.

Blees Luxemburg is Reader in Urban Aesthetics and a Senior Research Fellow focusing on the transformation of the Battersea South Campus. Her work as an artist and photographer concerns the representation of the city and the phenomenon of the urban, combining formats from large-scale photographic work, through public art installations and operatic mise-en-scène. Recent projects include: Silver Forest (2016) an architectural installation on the western façade of Westminster City Hall; and London Dust (2011–13) a series of photographs and a film that trace the rapid architectural transformation of the City of London in relation to the development of CGI photographic representation. She created the iconic cover for the The Streets’ Original Pirate Material.

Sophy Rickett is a Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication. Sophy is a visual artist working with photography, video installation and text.

Much of Sophy’s work explores the tension between the narrative tendencies and abstract possibilities of the photographic image. Her works have a minimal quality and create spatial plays and ambiguities that draw attention to the material nature of the photograph rather than to the receding illusory space behind the picture plane.

Often working at night, or with landscapes, Sophy is interested in the contingent nature of the documentary image, exploring different ways of resisting its representational orthodoxy.

Recent mixed media project projects include Objects in the Field (2012), The Death of a Beautiful Subject (2015), and an ongoing collaborative project with Bettina von Zwehl, Album 31.

Sophy came to prominence in the late 1990s shortly after she graduated from the Royal College of Art. She has undertaken commissions for several institutions including Photoworks, The Institute of Astronomy and Arnolfini and has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally.

Her work is included in many collections, including The Government Art Collection, London; FRAC, Alsace; Pompidou, Paris; Musée des Beaux Art Nantes, and the Re Rebaundengo, Turin.

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