Vivid Projects is a collaborative space supporting media arts practice. Based in Birmingham, we encourage innovation, risk and experimentation in artistic practice and work with artists and producers across disciplines. We deliver a regular public programme of events and exhibitions on and off-site and support the regional creative community through our development programme ‘Black Hole Club’.
Viviid Projects is based in an atmospheric warehouse venue in Warwick Bar, a complex of former factories and warehouses in Birmingham’s Eastside, Unfortunately the venue is not currently wheelchair accessible. Access is via stairs to the 1st floor, and there is no lift available. We are working to deliver more events off site in accessible spaces.
Vivid Projects was founded by Director Yasmeen Baig-Clifford in 2012 and the Curator is Antonio Roberts.
Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, Director
Yasmeen is founder and Director of Vivid Projects. Yasmeen’s curatorial research examines the moving image, ethics and digital legacies. She has produced numerous exhibitions and artist research programmes over twenty years. Yasmeen is an Honorary Research Associate (Digital Humanities) in the College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham.
Major exhibitions include:
A RECORD OF UNDYING / George Saxon, 2014-15
LOOKING OUT FROM THE CCCS / Various artists, 2014 in association with University of Birmingham CCCS50 project, http://www.vividprojects.org.
SLIDE/TAPE / various artists, 2013-15 In collaboration with Dr Mo White (University of Loughborough) on tape-slide art in Britain, 1970-80s.
PARTICIPATION : British Film and Video Workshop Movement of the 1980s (2009-11 Film Council Digital Archive award);
PIONEERS / Various artists, 2008-11, including: Haroon Mirza, Marina Abramovic, Mark Leckey, Andy Warhol, Stuart Brisley, Carolee Schneeman, Gary Hill, Aura Satz, William Burroughs.
KARIN KIHLBERG & REUBEN HENRY / PAST PERFECT FUTURE TENSE, 2010-12
Curated touring programme of seven new commissions, in collaboration with Artsway (SE), Danielle Arnaud (London), Galleri Boxx (SWE), Jan Van Eyck Academy (NL) and Motto (GER).
EMARE / Various artists 2008-9: Culture Programme Project Director for VIVID, UK lead partner to European Media Artist Research Exchange 2007-9 comprising 16 artist residencies, a festival, and print/DVD publication ‘move’
VASULKA LAB / Woody Vasulka and Steina 2005/6, in collaboration with ICA, London and Czech Centre.
Publications include :
Baig-Clifford, Yasmeen, Editor. Vasulka Lab: Live Archive (2005)
Baig-Clifford, Yasmeen, Editor. Richard Billingham / Zoo (2006)
Long, Paul, Baig-Clifford, Yasmeen and Shannon, Roger. ‘What We’re Trying to Do is Make Popular Politics’: The Birmingham Film and Video Workshop. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television Volume 33, Issue 3, 2013. pp 377-395.
Antonio Roberts, Curator
Antonio Roberts is a new-media artist and curator based in Birmingham. His artwork focuses on the errors and glitches generated by digital technology. An underlying theme of his work is open source software, free culture and collaborative practices. Roberts was a founding member of the fizzPOP hackerspace, and is a prolific collaborator on cross-platform projects including the Birmingham Laptop Ensemble, Open Source Publishing and Libre Graphics Magazine.
Between 2010-13, Roberts curated Birmingham Zine Festival, Dirty New Media (in association with Vivid Projects and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts), Bring Your Own Beamer and the first UK edition of the GLI.TC/H festival at VIVID.
Roberts’ exhibitions and live performances include Glitch Moment/ums at Furtherfield Gallery, Loud Tate: Code at Tate Britain, databit.me in Arles, glitChicago at the Ukranian Insitute of Modern art in Chicago, SuperByte Festival in Manchester and f(Glitch) at Stony Brook University.
Michael Lightborne, Technical Associate
Ian Sergeant, Project Associate
Ian began his career in the arts in 1994 as a founder member of Black Pyramid Film and Video, Bristol, which provided training in film production and hosted an annual film festival in partnership with the Watershed. He has since worked for several arts institutions.
As an associate of Vivid Projects, he has curated Free School an interrogation of the life and legacy of notorious British black power activist Michael X. As a member of the Black Hole Club, he has hosted Fear of a Black Space, a salon discussion, asking whether arts and culture is contributing to the regeneration of the city of Birmingham. He is currently a freelance consultant for Wolverhampton Art Gallery, conducting creative conversations in preparation for artist Yara El Sherbini’s exhibition The Current Situation, taking place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in April 2015. He is also development producer for Mission to the Land of Misplaced Memories, a showcase of futuristic live sound art installation. The project is an exploration of Britain’s colonial history and an exploration of why nations and people suppress memories and takes place at Tate Britain in Feb 2015. He is currently researching the arts practice of the late Donald Rodney.