Edwin Mingard


Location: East London
Website: http://www.edwinmingard.com

I am a visual artist. I work principally with moving image, making standalone artists' film and installations. My work often takes on mainstream and accessible forms – documentary, music video, glossy magazine – both because it is important to me to engage with people who are not at home in a gallery environment, and because I want to question the value systems underpinning those forms.

I often produce work with small groups of friends, or within a discrete community or interest group, for artistic reasons: I want to celebrate and make visible the joy of the filmmaking process itself and explore its value as a tool for individual and social change. I work using processes designed to enable diverse groups of people to make films together, and to explore wider questions around the use of moving image technologies. This focus is mirrored in the subject matter of my work, which deals with themes around technology, our social environment and relationships with one another.

The intertwining strands of technological and social change are central to my work, and of particular interest is the combined rise of computer processing power and the network that has happened within my own lifetime. Our society is still in the middle of a fundamental change, that I believe will last for my entire life. We should explore that change in a way that is open, and involves humour and play.

I am interested in the 'aesthetic of now'. I have grown up in an environment where it often feels like people are romanticising the past or the future. Things either were better, or they will be. Central to my working process is a commitment to producing things that can only be made now, thereby celebrating the unique moment in which we find ourselves: work which was not possible a few years ago, and will not be possible in a few years' time either. This approach bears most heavily upon process, and is often technical - involving the combination of technologies that are very old (and about to disappear) and those which are very new (and still developing). It can also involve cultural change - fading traditions meeting new ideas - and generational change too.

I studied philosophy at the LSE, and am a Fellow of Teesside University’s Digital Cities programme. My work has been commissioned by the BFI, RSA, Northern Film+Media, the Wellcome Trust, Film London and many other bodies, including academic institutions, public and independent arts organisations and festivals. In 2012 I was shortlisted for a Cinereach Award for a feature film project, currently in development.


2016 - Unexpected: Continuing Narratives of Identity and Migration (group exhibition) - Ben Uri Gallery (London, UK)

2015 - Out Of Chaos - Ben Uri: 100 Years in London Centenary - Somerset House (London, UK)

2015 - Depict! Award - Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival - Watershed (Bristol, UK)

2015 - We Cannot Unsee (artists' film commission group show) - BFI (London, UK); no.w.here (London, UK); King's College London (London, UK)

2015 - A Musical Box (experimental film/music programme) - LSFF - ICA (London, UK)

2015 - London Stories (short film programme) - LSFF - Hackney Picturehouse (London, UK)

2015 - Carbon Paycheque/DC (live performance) - Kino Climates - Star and Shadow Cinema (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK)

2014 - BRASS Commission - Durham International Festival - Durham University Music School, Palace Green (Durham, UK)

2014 - Next Stop Byker (Public art installation commission) (6 months) - Byker Metro Station (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK)

2013 - Surreal Worlds (short film programme) - LSFF - Curzon Soho (London, UK)

2013 - SERCO (exhibition with Liz Hingley) - Oxford House (London, UK)

2012 - Building the Big Society - GIFT (Gateshead, UK)

2012 - Alice In Bed (group show) - Culture Lab OffSite (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK)

2011 - Music and Video (short film programme) Szeged Sumer8mm Festival (Szeged, Hungary)

2010 - Directional Light (installation with Kate Eccles) - The Shed (Gateshead, UK)

2010 - Music and Video (short film programme) - LSFF - Roxy (London, UK)

2009 - Keepin' It Movin' - (music and film programme) LLGFF - BFI (London, UK)