An0nymoose’s YouTube videos take characters and objects from the video game world using the Source Filmmaker [SFM], and bend them into various forms, replacing heads with those of a bird, making an elephant-humanoid play their own trunk, and mashup usually straightforward video game forms. Operating outside the artworld, these works appeal to the joy of seeing normality rearranged, with An0nymoose’s YouTube channel clocking up over 36 million views.
As a multidisciplinary artist working in installation, Argote’s work explores notions of home and place, interacting with architecture to reflect on personal histories and the artist’s own immigrant experience. Argote works with her surroundings and the places and materials that are in front of her. She utilises local resources as points to expand from and the act of inhabiting as a starting point.
Sidsel Christensen was born in Norway and now lives and works in London. She works across the moving image, live-events and performance-based lectures to explore the different possibilities of transforming perceived realities. She uses the camera as a social tool for intimate encounters, capturing an idealised ‘space' between the artist and the subject/audience: one that challenges subjectivity and opens up a space of potential, power struggle and friction.
Pauline Curnier Jardin
Pauline Curnier Jardin was born in 1980 in Pertuis and grew up in Marseilles. In 2006 she graduated with a specialisation in Cinema and video. Following this, she started a residency in Finland where she decided to settle from 2007 to 2008 and where she also finished her dissertation about the Joan of Arc representations in movies. That's when she started with the creation of "movie-performances", a show which mingles cinema and stage narrative, the first of which was Ah Jeanne!, about Jeanne D'Arc. In 2009, she decided to settle in Berlin.
She is co-writing a movie about Ulrike Ottinger with the art Historian Marguerite Vappereau.
University of Loughborough
Nick Freeman taught at Bristol University (where he did his MA and PhD), the Open University, and the University of the West of England before coming to Loughborough in 2006. A shrewd signing, he was voted Loughborough NUS Lecturer of the Year in 2008, and won the university’s Inspiration award in 2014.
Writer and proprietor of the Sidereal Press
Watch a fascinating interview with John in which he discusses his book collection, with reference to Aleister Crowley, Victor Neuburg, Kenneth Grant, C.F. Russell and Hanns Heinz Ewers, alongside Outsider artists and Alan Odle, Beresford Egan and Austin Osman Spare and other sources of influence including 1980s zines and industrial music with references to John Balance of Coil and Throbbing Gristle.
Joey Holder's practice encompasses sculpture, video and more recently digital manipulations. She was nominated by David Mabb on the basis that her many-layered explorations of artificial and organic forms create a hybrid world, in which painterly and digitised forms exist in parallel. Holder received her BA from Kingston University and her MFA from Goldsmiths in 2010. She was a finalist for the Dazed Emerging Artist Award (2013) and is nominated for the forthcoming Vordemberge-Gildewart Award (2016).
Andrew Michael Hurley
Andrew Michael Hurley is a British writer whose debut novel, The Loney, was published in a limited edition of 300 copies in 2014 by Tartarus Press. The Loney has been reviewed in The Guardian and The Telegraph. It is set in the area of Morecambe Bay in North West England, described in the text as "that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune". Hurley has said that the novel's two starting points were "to write a kind of dark version of the Nativity [...] and exploring ideas of faith and belief" and "various wild, lonely places on the north west coast of Lancashire [...] a sense of imminent menace or dormant power lying just under the sand and the water". The Loney was the winner of the 2015 Costa Book Awards First Novel Award as well as the British Book Industry award for best debut fiction and book of the year. He lives in Lancashire, where he teaches English literature and creative writing.
Writer, scholar, and teacher of Creative Writing
His first novel, The Wanderer, was published by Perfect Edge Books in the summer of 2014. His short-fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in Murder Ballads, Booklore, Uncertainties Volume I, Caledonia Dreamin’: Strange Fiction of Scottish Descent, 3 :AM Magazine, and Leviathan 4: Cities, among other places, and he writes criticism for the Weird Fiction Review. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Lightship International Short Fiction Prize.
He currently lives in Bedford, a small town in the hallowed/cursed M1 corridor.
Ben Judd’s work examines his relationship to specific individuals and groups; recently he has used choreography and rhythm as a method of constructing temporary communities. The work explores how the ritualistic activities of marginalised groups and individuals can be extended into an action, and how, in turn, this action can be interpreted in a moving image work. Positioning himself and the audience as both participant and observer, he engages the grey area between ritual and performance, searching for an unreachable and idealised state of community.
James Machin has recently completed a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, writing his thesis on early weird fiction, circa 1880 to 1914. He is also the editor of Faunus, the journal of the Friends of Arthur Machen.
Mike Kelley was one of the most provocative and influential figures in contemporary art. His idiosyncratic works negotiate a charged terrain of desire, dread and sociopathology in everyday life. With deadpan humor, he invests childhood toys, kitsch, and ordinary objects with subversive meaning. His video projects, often created with collaborators such as Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, and Tony Oursler, inhabit a peculiarly American landscape infused with irony and pop cultural debris.
Alison Moore's first novel, The Lighthouse, won the McKitterick Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards. Reviews of her latest novel, Death and the Seaside, have referred to her as the 'creator of a new English grotesque' (Isabel Berwick, The Financial Times) and as 'one of the most gifted and interesting writers of weird fiction in Britain today' (Nina Allan, The Spider's House). Her short stories have been included in Best British Short Stories and Best British Horror anthologies and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories.
Rosalie Parker was born and grew up on a farm in Buckinghamshire, but has lived subsequently in Stockholm, Oxford, Dorset, Somerset, Sheffield and Sussex. She took degrees in English Literature and History, and Archaeology, working as an archaeologist before returning to her first love of books. Rosalie is co-proprietor and editor of the independent publishing house, Tartarus Press, which has won three World Fantasy Awards. Additionally, Rosalie won a World Fantasy Award for editing Strange Tales in 2003. She lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her partner, he writer and publisher Ray Russell, their son and two cats.
Simon Raven is an artist working in performance, film and other media. In 2015 he started a PhD at Northumbria University (UK) to research the critical implications of disability to contemporary art practice. His website is a self-produced scrapbook of my recent work, with written descriptions, videos and documentary photographs.
Reactor is an art collective, currently made up of three core members (Bruce Asbestos, Phillip Henderson and Niki Russell) and an undisclosed number of secret members. Recent projects include: ‘Alligator Resort’, New Art Exchange (Nottingham) and Quad (Derby), ‘The Gold Ones’, Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge), Gallery North (Newcastle) and xero, kline & coma (London), ‘Log!c ?stem’, Flux Factory (New York), ‘Dummy Button’, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin).
Ray Russell runs the award-winning Tartarus Press with Rosalie Parker, and for many years compiled the Guide to First Edition Prices. As an author he has had three collections of short stories and three novellas published. His story "Loup-garou" was chosen for Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year. "In Hiding" was nominated for the 2010 World Fantasy Award, and "The Beautiful Room" for the 2011 British Fantasy Award. Michael Dirda has described Russell as "...among the leading practitioners of classic supernatural fiction". Russell was the co-creator of C.W. Blubberhouse with Mark Valentine.
Tai Shani is a Tutor in Photography at the Royal College of Art. Her multidisciplinary practice, comprising performance, film, photography and installation, revolves around experimental narrative texts. These alternate between familiar narrative tropes, structures and theoretical prose in order to explore the construction of subjectivity, excess, affect and the epic in relation to feminine realism. Shani has presented her work extensively in the UK and abroad.
Catherine Spooner is currently co-president of the International Gothic Association. Her particular research interests incorporate Gothic literature, film, and popular culture, and fashion and dress in literature, within the broader spectrum of Victorian and contemporary literature and culture. Catherine is currently completing an AHRC-funded project entitled Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2017. Catherine's next project will explore the Gothic North, examining the relationship of place, local and regional identity and folklore to Gothic texts set in the north of England, with particular focus on the legacy of the 'Lancashire witches'.
Mark Valentine writes short stories and essays in the field of fantastic literature. His tales of an aesthetical occult detective (with John Howard) are found in The Collected Connoisseur, while some of his other fiction is in Selected Stories (The Swan River Press, Dublin). He has written biographies of Welsh fantast Arthur Machen and the diplomat and fantasist Sarban. The essays in Haunted By Books (Tartarus Press) are about book collecting, obscure authors and the uncanny. He has issued recordings as The Mystic Umbrellas and Radio Dromedary, and a cassette album of a Cornish foghorn.
By day Daniel Watt is a Senior Lecturer in English and Drama, and Programme Director for Drama, at Loughborough University; his research focuses on Performance Philosophy, objects in literature, art and performance, and many uncanny and weird byways of academe. By night he prowls the smoggy alleyways and gin-soaked streets of Ashby de la Zouch in search of inspiration for the weird tales he writes as D.P. Watt. In this latter guise you can find him at The Interlude House