Glasgow Master of Fine Art School of Fine Art

Edward Gwyn Jones (he/him)

Installation View

Edward Gwyn Jones (b. 1997, Stoke-on-Trent, UK) works primarily with moving image. His work utilises appropriated moving images, artefacts, and sound to antagonise the relationships between perceived concurrent binaries and how they inform collective and individual postulations of time. Ed graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Sculpture and Time-Based Arts. He has recently screened work for Stillpoint Magazine and is a founding member of Soft Spot collective and artist-led space in Manchester, UK. Ed’s video work Genesis (What Can’t Light See?) is one of two shortlisted works for the Ivan Juritz Prize in visual arts, a post-graduate prize celebrating creative experiment from the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London and Cove Park Scotland.

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Genesis (What Can’t Light See?)
Installation View

Genesis (What Can’t Light See?)

At music concerts, audio-visual nodes are designed to mirror and exacerbate both the plural ecstatic experiences of bodies and increasingly the technology attached to them. Here, collective and personal images, technological and human bodies, become confused. Inspired by an absurd and biblical story by Peter Gabriel, Genesis indulges in moments of ‘switch’ and explores our relationship to artificial light. The artefacts and appropriated characteristics of modernist design in the video form the edges of a world built on convoluted references, while the decidedly twee Englishness of Gabriel’s fable help reinvent electricity and light in moral terms. The wriggling motif of our friend the worm allows us to penetrate and embrace the darkness, emancipating our flesh from normative modern time, space and sensation.

Single channel HD video, dur.00:09:30

Camera assistance: Lydia Davies
3D modelling: Jay Mulholland