MA graduate Laura Luna Castillo, working in collaboration with
another West Dean alumnus, Conservation of Clocks graduate Jonathan
Turner-Bishop, completed a Kamiyama Artists'
Residency in Japan with an exhibition during October 2018.
Their piece, Yorii-za theatre, was the culmination of
several months working on site in the town of Kamiyama.
Laura is an artist based in Puebla, Mexico and, prior to
studying at West Dean, began her artistic practice in photography,
later developing an interest in video and film. While working with
these media she began to work with other forms, such as music and
sculpture, which allowed her to explore the mechanisms of memory,
narrative and imagination through multiple processes. She has since
developed different multidisciplinary projects where materials and
technologies coexist in the form of audio-visual performances,
objects, installations and interactive works. Laura's main concern
is to investigate the ways in which we experience and think of the
places we inhabit and reclaim, as well as the objects that surround
us. Thus, time-based installations and kinetic interventions form
one of the core components in Laura's ongoing practice.
It was during her MA in
Visual Arts at West Dean that the collaboration with Jonathan
Turner-Bishop developed, in which horological crafts and mechanisms
are brought together with new technologies to reconfigure found
objects and materials. Jonathan is a watchmaker, clockmaker and
conservator of horological objects. A graduate of WOSTEP
(Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program), he
worked for major Swiss watch brands in the United States before
returning to the United Kingdom in 2015. He joined the prestigious
Horology programmes at West Dean College in order to focus on
the conservation of historic horological objects, graduating in
2017 with a
MA in Conservation Studies. Jonathan's interest in automata led
to the development of a joint project producing a kinetic
West Dean's Arts & Craft Festival.