Robin Price is an artist-inventor, trans-disciplinary physicist, musician and cat enthusiast. His practice, surveyed in Escape Sequence, spans digital art, electronics, sculpture, club music and visuals, with a methodology which brackets everyday objects and re-imagines them as open source sites of play and digital exploration. The optical language of Robin’s work references his sonic heritage; acid visuals, fly-posting, lasers and monitor banks resist the pull of nostalgia and are instead framed within a hermetically-sealed digital present and anxiety-inducing global future. Escape Sequence does not presume to propose solutions, nor to sit apart from this exterior world, but offers an alternate position of artistic production and interaction as a hacked mode of escapism.
Robin Price is an artist-inventor, trans-disciplinary physicist, musician and cat enthusiast. He holds an MPhys in Theoretical Physics from the University of Wales, Swansea and a PhD in Composition and Creative Practice from Queen’s University, Belfast. Recent solo exhibitions include Escape Sequenceat CCA, Derry~Londonderry, Lambent Ambient, R-Space, Lisburn and Air of the Anthropocene at University of Atypical, Belfast. His work is held in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s public collection and has been covered in Source Magazine, New Scientist and the Guardian.
"I use electronics, algorithms, code, glitches and hacked objects to push at the boundaries of what is technologically and ecologically possible, permissible and ethical. My approach is playful, experimental and publicly engaged. My work comes from personal experience. I’m an outsider artist who trained not in art but physics and music who works primarily with new materials to try and make concentrated moments of wonder or joy an audience can carry away with them; making a memory that stands out against the background urban hellscape. This approach came out growing up around the tail end of the UK rave scene, living for the weekend and beginning my creative practice putting on visuals for local promoters. I often work with children and first became interested in the environment at a young age, this points towards the playfulness, connection with the inner child and environmental themes in my work. Theoreticians that have influenced my practice are Rachel Carson, Lev Manovich, Timothy Morton, Simon Reynolds and Lakoff and Johnson."
He is a founder member and ex-director of Vault Artist Studios in East Belfast serving as Vice-Chair then Secretary from 2016 to 2020.