Millicent Hawk is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist interested in whole systems design, deep ecology and economic reform. Her work looks to ways that cultural structures and labour can form regenerative ecologies. Hawk frequently curates group exhibitions with international artists as well as organising and collaborating in other socially driven projects and initiatives.
Currently in residency at SPACE to research and develop -PLANES- a digital ecology that develops autonomously, as with John Conway's 'Game of Life', and also through experiencing different forms of touch. On an infinite plane, the ecology mimics unusual drifting aquatic organisms - a seven-sexed 'pond scum', a transgender algae and the immortal jellyfish - through mathematical abstractions.
In 2015, following an MA in Fine Art in London, Hawk founded Avalanche, an artist-run lounge in Peckham - the programme of which relates to her work and research. She was on the Executive Committee for Artists' Union England and in 2016 formed an interdisciplinary collaborative-based artwork called SUPERCELL - a fluid and amorphous experimental art and technology collective forming decentralised social networks with mutual interests as the basis of function.
Lives and works in London
AWARDS + RESIDENCIES
2017 SPACE HereNow Art + Technology Residency
2017 Shortlisted - Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursary
2017 Shortlisted - Collusion commission, with partners including Arts Council England, Anglia Ruskin University, and Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence
2012-13 MA Scholarship, Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), London
HereNow // Upcoming, SPACE, London
Intercooler // Upcoming, Avalanche, London
per▪vert // Katriona Beales, Matthew Verdon, Otto Byström, Millicent Hawk. Avalanche, London
Neoliberal Grooming // Gary Zhexi Zhang, SHARE Lab, Millicent Hawk, SUPERCELL. Avalanche, London
TERMINAL>_ // UBERMORGEN, Nye Thompson, Joana Moll ⊹ Cédric Parizot, Millicent Hawk. Avalanche, London
A Laborious Dedication to Useless Tasks // Constant Dullaart, Hana Janeckova & Rob Lye, Jennifer Lyn Morone, Weather Report (Millicent Hawk + Jon Pilkington), Naomi Fitzsimmons, Matthew Britton, Rosie Carr, Office Vernacular, John Wood & Paul Harrison. Curated by Jo Harrison & Regina Lazarenko (a.k.a. Office Vernacular), Deptford Project Space, London.
SEIZURE // Laura Brothers, Gregory Kalliche, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Millicent Hawk, Weather Report. Avalanche, London
Hotfixes~~~ // Eva Fàbregas, Holly White, Fran Meana, Millicent Hawk, Edgar-Walker, Jon Pilkington. Avalanche, London
The Cabinet of Beauty and Culture // Necole Schmitz, Millicent Hawk, Sophie Mallett, Edgar-Walker, Connie Butler, Kate Morrell, Caitlin Hinshelwood, Niamh Riordan, Lauren Godfrey, Simon Grind, Richard Forbes-Hamilton, Eva Fàbregas, Ninna Berger, Joe Morris and Lillian Wilkie. Curated by Lillian Wilkie. HouseRules, Dalston, London
Machines for Hardrock // Lillian Wilkie, Fran Meana, Millicent Hawk. Avalanche, London
Chelsea Salon // LARA’s Space, Bermondsey, London
Ways of Skiing // Solo, The Cook House, London
MA Show + Interim Show // Chelsea College of Arts, London
Inexpensive Ways to Transform Your Wardrobe // Flat 246 (private), London
Chelsea Salon // South London Gallery, London
PANEL DISCUSSIONS + TALKS + WORKSHOPS
2018 SPACE, London. >>> Upcoming >>> QUEER ECOLOGIES ϟ DIGITAL PLANES. Public workshop.
2016 Goldsmiths, London. Roundtable discussion on the implications of Brexit for artists.
2016 Chelsea College of Arts, London. The Market of Forms, representing Artists' Union England.
2016 Avalanche off-site at The Field, NX as part of AntiUniversity. BOYCOTT OR NOT? Failing Criticality: White cube as Whitewash. Panel discussion between artists representing political groups and unions - Artists for Palestine, BDZ Group, Art Not Oil Coalition and Artists' Union England.
PUBLICATIONS + INTERVIEWS + ONLINE
2018 Interview with SPACE Art + Technology artist in residence Millicent Hawk. HereNow
2016 Furtherfiled Gallery // How much can users really know about the functioning of the cameras which are embedded in their devices? Millicent Hawk interviews Nye Thompson on the technology, aesthetics and universal conditions that make her work, Backdoored, both compelling and uneasy at once as it explores the role of softbots in a world of smart objects and unsecured surveillance cameras. Online at Furtherfield
2013 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), London
2012 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), London
2003 First Class BA (Hons) Photography
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