Simon Hollington

Associate lecturer

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Simon Hollington is a multi media fine artist who (often in collaboration with Kypros Kyprianou) produces installations, videos, publications, performance and site-specific interventions.

The Installations combine objects, spaces and media that willfully disturb competing histories, subjectively comparing and combining elements to create new narratives that are simultaneously funny and un-nerving.

His work has been shown widely in the UK including Tate Modern, ICA London and the Arnolfini, Bristol, Site Gallery Sheffield as well as internationally at the 51st Venice Biennale, mainland Europe, Australia and North and South America.

He is also a published writer and curator.

Simon Hollington has been a guest speaker at Tate Britain, Royal Society of the Arts, The Royal College of Art, as well as many other art schools and universities in the UK.

Research interests

Immersive narrative environments, objects as storytellers, popular culture, propaganda, political theory, alternative histories, parapsychology, science, magic and illusionism, collaborative practice.

Research statement

The research interests are varied and include art and politics and art and science. Often site specific and research based, Simon Hollington has produced diverse works that interrogate science fiction/ science fact, time travel, military design, branding and propaganda, the nuclear power industry, revolutionary politics, technology and the uncanny, film and video and immersive interactive installations. The works are often based within a historical context, are activist in intent and explore narrative (both linear and non linear) as a way of challenging the notional gap between fact and fiction.

Often taking media representations and tropes from television and film as a starting point, drama and humour are combined to unsettle the viewer and posit alternative readings of recognisable cultural signifiers and narratives.

Students

Angela Hodgson-Teall, (Co-Supervisor), Drawing on the Nature of Empathy.

Selected research outputs