Who We Are

JASPAR JOSEPH-LESTER is an artist based in London whose work explores the role images play in urban planning, social space, and everyday praxis, latterly focusing on conflicting ideological frameworks embodied in urban regeneration projects. In 2010 he was invited to curate the Dallas Pavilion, launched at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Recent photo-essays include ‘A Guide to the Casino Architecture of Wedding’ for COLLAPSE: Philosophical Research and Development (2013) and Spirit published in Vicissitudes Histories & Destinies of Psychoanalysis (2013). He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad with exhibitions at Asprey Jacques Gallery and The British School at Rome. He is author of Revisiting the Bonaventure Hotel (Copy Press, 2009), co-editor of Episode: Pleasure and Persuasion in Lens-based Media (Artwords, 2008), he is a director of LoBe and the Curating Video research group, editor of ‘Transmission Annual’. Jaspar is currently working with the Berlin based curator Susanne Prinz and artist Julie Westerman on ‘TEGEL: Propositions and Speculations’, a large scale video project that explores the architecture of Tegel Airport through a series of cinematic narratives. The book and DVD is published by Greenbox, Berlin.

SIMON KING works as a tutor / lecturer in art, design and media contexts between the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London. Co-founder of the RCA’s Walkative project, in which walking with others is used dialogically to trigger thinking, researching and communicating, King is currently undertaking a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research focuses on the question of why and how, centrally or as an adjunct, contemporary art practitioners use walking in their work and more specifically, examines the nexus between  psychogeographic / sociogeographic urban wandering and creative and critical practice.

TOM SPOONER is a London-based illustrator and artist. Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2016, he has exhibited in the UK and abroad, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and has work permanently in the V&A Prints Collection. He has contributed drawing and writing to such publications as Walking Cities: London, Le Petit Néant, and Port Magazine. He has lectured and and led workshops for, most notably, Close Closer, Dutch Design Week, Central Saint Martins, and Travelogue Summer School. Tom’s practice is driven by a particular fascination with the liminal sites of urban dwelling and ideas concerning place, memory, and consciousness. Lived experience and observational drawing initiatives take the fore in his approach to image-making and he is interested in the idea of visual practice, and specifically drawing, as facilitating dialogue and as a means of achieving intersubjective insights into the nature of the visible world and everyday experience. Alongside his personal practice, Tom is also a full-time lecturer in Illustration at the University of Northampton.

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