Parallel to our autumn Ghosts & Apparitions - Online Arts Programme, we welcome a new series that explores the insights into the research and work of Kitty Clark, Paula Albuquerque, Maria Court & Trinidad Piriz and Keiken. This Artist Spotlight series will continue to detail the processes that form the artists' practice as well as documenting the theories and research material that contribute also. Through this we aim to investigate further into what studio culture entails, the behind the scenes methods to creation and how processes differ when the balance in our worlds shifts around us. To close this series, we welcome our next artist collective - Keiken.

'Footage used in Keiken's spotlight made in collaboration with CGI artist Ryan Vautier for Metaverse: We are at the end of Something and CGI artist George Jasper Stone for Feel My Metaverse'. 

Keiken are a collaborative practice, co-founded by artists Tanya Cruz, Hana Omori and Isabel Ramos in 2015, who frequently work with multiple collaborators. Based between London and Berlin, they come from mixed diasporic backgrounds (Mexican/Japanese/European/Jewish). Named after the Japanese for experience, they create speculative worlds, using moving-image, CGI, gaming software, installation, virtual and augmented reality, programming and performance to merge the physical and digital. Their work simulates new structures and ways of existing, exploring how societal introjection governs the way we feel, think and perceive.

Recent projects and exhibitions include: We are at the end of something, at IDEAL, Barcelona; UNHAMINITY, 3hd 2020 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer; Feel My Metaverse, transmediale 2020 End to End at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; How to Make a Paradise, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Augmented Empathy, FACT, Liverpool; The Time Complex, Yerevan Biennial, Online; Image Behaviour, ICA, London; and Jerwood Collaborate!, Jerwood Arts, London (2019). Employing face-filter technologies Keiken have expanded their practice to include direct performative engagements with a diverse and global community.

Image Credit: Keiken + George Jasper Stone, Feel My Metaverse, 2019 – Created for Jerwood Collaborate!, supported by Jerwood Arts and Arts Council England.