Birmingham, United Kingdom
About - Nimzo-Indian
Nimzo-Indian work across a wide range of creative disciplines producing work that is both playful, coy and deliberately uses avoidance as strategy to evade easy definition against established predominant art categories. Both ‘making’ and placing the work within different contexts are deliberate strategies designed to disrupt and rupture current image and aesthetic dogmas. In this way the work has the potential to disrupt and neutralizes established discipline hierarchies, harking back to ‘dada’ and surrealist sensibilities and the potential for micro utopian and revolutionary art making. Nimzo-Indian's work include painting, music and object making. They work under a range of other adopted personas including the art duo the Habsburg's, art noise band OHMMM, experimental music group the Nimzo-Indian In May 2011 Nimzo-Indian formed the art noise band OHMMM as an intensive period of ‘making’ and improvised musical ensemble performance. OHMMM members were allocated an instrument case of restrictive fixed size, and then individually designed and made sound objects to be performed within the case in accordance with a constitution/ manifesto of rules. OHMMM have performed at the London Short Film Festival, the Public, Axis arts centre and Birmingham Arts Centre. Artist Nimzo-Indian have exhibited at the Midland Arts Centre, BMAG, Aspex gallery, Krakow Ethnographic Museum. Their musical works have been played on BBC 6 Music and La Radio Inde-Pendante France. He has performed live extensively around the UK including performances at the ICA and Dingwalls supporting the High Llamas. Their work has been featured in Creative Review, MOJO and on the cultural blogs Booooooom and Lost at e Minor. In 2009 their work was short listed for the West Midlands region of the Cultural Olympiad. Nimzo-Indian sampler at: http://soundcloud.com/zoomquartet Previous performances include: Exploding Cinema; Start Film Festival; Brief Encounters Short Film Festival; OMSK; The ICA; Green Gathering; Dingwalls, supporting the High Llamas and have performed live on BBC London with Mark Springer (Rip, Rig and Panic). They have remixed the High Llamas album Cold and Bouncy as a limited edition single Blinger Suc and has featured on two albums by Mark Springer. Previous Albums OH NO and Nimzo-Indian are out on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/nimzo-indian/id889076643 http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/oh-no/id481970654 further info Http://fatsuma.co.uk Video at: http://youtu.be/RDTzYIx-ZFk http://youtu.be/DC37HQaDcts
2006 - present Course Director/ Senior Lecturer Coventry University.2004 - 2006 Visiting Lecturer Foundation Art and Design - Thames Valley University.2003 - 2005 Visiting Lecturer Graphic Design - University of the West of England1999 - 2004Lecturer Media Production - City of Bath College/ Bath Spa UniversityEducation2007 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Professional Practice2000 - 2002 1st Class - BA (hons) Graphic Design UWE, Bristol1993 - 1995 HND Arts Administration Arts Institute Bournemouth
- possession show 2 - Lanchester Gallery, Coventry
– Balsall Heath Biennial
- The Open Project – Midland Arts Centre
– Possession Show – Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre, Bangkok – exhibition of Book A+B
– Exhibition of 3 video works by the arts collective the Habsburgs at the Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham.
– performance of Habsburg Script – How to Paint.
– Instrumental – Does making things make us human - Aspex Gallery – exhibition of mini guitar
- The Function of Folk - Third International Illustration Research Symposium, Ethographic Museum, Krakow, Poland. Exhibiting objects- Mini Guitars, 7 inch turntables and video.
– 7 inch Turntable/ Mini Guitars featured on Booooooom/MTV – Made of Imagination project
– Zoom Quartet track Regress played on Tom Robinson - BBC 6 Introducing Mix tape
- OHMMM – Bruit De Fond – Experimental music night – Lanchester Gallery, Coventry
- OHMMM – Album release on iTunes
- OHMMM – performance at London Short Film Festival.
- Zoom Quartet – Album release – Oh No.
- Habsburgs – How to Paint – Single Channel Video
- OHMMM – performance at ‘The Art of Noise’ Exhibition – The Public, West Bromwich.
- OHMMM – performance at ‘InTime Experimental Music symposium’, Coventry.
- The Habsburg’s – Exhibition in the Kunstverein, Coventry
- OHMMM – Performance at Arts Fest 2011, MAC, Birmingham
- OHMMM – performance at Midland Arts Centre, Anitcurate Exhibition
- OHMMM – Performance at Coventry Airport.
- OHMMM –Performance at Axis Arts Centre, Crewe.
- OHMMM – Performance, LGP, Coventry University with visuals by Francis Lowe.
- “Unruly Objects” – group exhibition at Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry.
- Seawhite Drawing Prize 2011– exhibition at Lewis Gallery, Rugby
- Selected for Portfolio review with Source Photographic Review at the Impressions Gallery Bradford
- Review of Unspeaking engagements to be published in online journal Art Fractures
- Book A – selected for Exhibition at Worcester Open
- “Foundation Stone 2”, West Midland Open 2010, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.
- Solo Exhibition – “Foundation Stone”, Kunstverein Gallery, Coventry, Dec 2009 – Jan 2010
Sculpture/text piece with limited edition screen printed advertising poster
- “Artist Taking the Lead”- Cultural Olympiad
Shortlisted to final 5 of West Midland Region
Proposal to build a large grass covered hill in the city centre.
-“Book ‘A” – Photo/image book - limited edition
- “The Fontomatic”, Plus International Design Expo, Birmingham
Exhibition of Kinetic sculpture/sound/type piece
- “The Fontonola”, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry
Publication - Creative Review June 2008 – Image and editorial review of the Fontonola
- “The Fontonola “, Plus International Design Expo, Birmingham
Exhibition of Kinetic sculpture/sound/type piece
- “Triptych”, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry
Projected triptych - single channel video
-“PolarFoam”, Festival of Xtreme Building, Birmingham – live art performance
-“OMSK Book” – illustrations contributed to book.
-“The Zoom Quartet v.s. the Wacom 2”, Flatpack Festival, Birmingham
- “PolarFoam”, Ashton Court Festival, Bristol
Live drawing and improvised soundtrack performance