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Rotherham-based music producer and artist Mark Fell is known for combining popular and underground musical styles, including house, electronica and techno, with typically academic approaches to computer-based composition with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. Since his early electronic music pieces Fell’s practice has expanded to include moving image works, sound and light installation, choreography, critical texts and educational projects.
Structural Solutions To The Question Of Being (2016) is a new site-speciﬁc installation developed by Fell for Art Shefﬁeld 2016, housed in the derelict Link Pub at Shefﬁeld’s infamous and imposing brutalist housing estate Park Hill. Responding to this very particular location, Fell has uncovered a recording from a pirate radio station, broadcast from Park Hill in 1992, marking a transitional point of musical, technical, political and social change. The recording is represented against the context of an eerily vacant architecture embodying the utopian Modernist social ideals of the late 1950s and 60s, their subsequent political and material collapse, and a contemporary corporate regeneration. The work includes interviews with the two original hosts of the radio show: Rebecca Seager and Solid State, as well as contextual materials that examine Fell’s interest in that moment in Shefﬁeld’s history.
Mark Fell (born 1966, Rotherham, UK) lives and works in Rotherham. Fell has exhibited and performed widely on an international scale with projects including: Hong Kong National Film Archive; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; ICA, London; The Serpentine, London; The Australian Centre For Moving Image; Artists Space, New York; Issue Project Room, New York; Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe. Selected recent projects include: Whitechapel Gallery, London; Raven Row, London (2016); The Baltic, Gateshead; KW, Berlin; Cafe OTO, London; Royal Festival Hall, London; Curtis R.Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York (all 2015).
Impossible Water Temple, 2013. Courtesy the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo: Colin Davison.