Alex Culshaw

What’s your background?

I grew up in North Yorkshire. After studying an art foundation in Leeds I moved to London to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths and I’ve pretty much stayed in London since. I also studied Moving Image at RCA between 2015 and 2017.

What influences you artistically?

Anything and everything! Most at the moment, music, autofiction, the news, talking to people and collaborating, walking around and sitting on public transport, staring out of the window.

How do you start a new work?

I usually get hooked on a narrative or an image/piece of footage. If it’s a narrative I’ll go round and round in circles thinking about how best to retell it and start researching into details or analogies. If it’s a piece of footage then I tend to mess around editing it and something usually comes from that.

What are you working on right now?

This year I’ve been learning Resolume Avenue (a software for live visuals) and making moving image work in response to other people’s sound/music. I can't recommend the software highly enough for playing with effects and working intuitively.

I’m also working on a larger project that uses psychological research and studies as a starting point. The work critiques points of exclusion and examine industrial environments in relation to the human body and mind. This is taking a while to work through and is research heavy so I’m glad to have two different projects on the go.