Digital Residency Lab

Current Residents: Samm Anga and Veronica Petukov

Digital Curator: Elizabeth Richardson

Veronica Petukov, Glitchy Mask (2020) © Courtesy of the artist.

Project concept

Creating a time capsule connecting past and present through sound and image between 1918 and 2020 pandemic. Veronica Petukov will manipulate and alter the film footages received from Samm Anga, then she will incorporate 3D scans and potentially virtual reality on Mozilla Hubs.

Also, Veronica Petukov will interview women from different parts of the world about mental shifts they have undergone throughout 2020.

Setting these texts to music.

Curator’s words

Elizabeth Richardson

Samm Anga _ Residency Lab at Agora Digital Art
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Samm Anga

Samm Anga (b. 1998) is a Nigerian-born composer, music producer, singer, performer and film-maker based in both Scotland and England. Graduating in 2020, with a First Class Honours in English and Music at Aberdeen University; Anga is now exploring live experimental music at xx University in London.

His experience in managing and curating events culminated in the very successful SUB.Liminal Festival in Aberdeen City, which boasted such events as a digital art gallery, live electronic music nights, and spoken word performance. 

Digital art is increasingly important in Samm’s work. His recent collaboration with VJ artists Veronica Petukov added new dimensions to his live performance, sequencing and moshing visual data from a range of vignettes taken from his video work.

For Anga, the importance of the digital in music is unmistakably linked to the sounds of the natural world, where everyday sounds can be recorded and transformed into lush soundscapes. Moving forward, Anga continues collaboration with 3D and CGI art forms to generate a new musical language for the growing variety of virtual art.

Artist’s Statement

Veronica Petukov

Veronica Petukhov (b.1994) is a digital artist, VJ and art student. She was born in Italy to two Soviet Union immigrants. She moved to Scotland to study Contemporary Art Practice where her passion for digital art and electronic music flourished. 

She began live VJing in clubs for techno events and creating visuals for artists. Her university research focuses on Augmented Reality, filters and selfies.

The unique glitchy style of her videos and visuals is achieved with the manipulation of data and programs such as TouchDesigner. She frequently uses “ready-made” manipulated footage and glitched gifs, creating surreal effects and videos. 

She participated in many events and created videos for popular DJs, as well as being featured on different digital art platforms and exhibitions. 

Veronica Petukov - Residency Lab at Agora Digital Art
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I am researching in-depth the issues of filters, selfies and social media curation on people’s psychology and self-esteem. I’m looking into selfie dysmorphia or also known as snapchat dysmorphia, a psychological condition that causes an individual to prefer the “filtered” version of themselves.

I like to integrate aspects of club culture and underground electronic music which have become a huge part both of my life and my art practice. I want to merge the two together creating a 360º experience for the viewer with uses of vibrant videos and visuals, sound art and electronic music composition.

Corrupting and glitching files is an ongoing theme in my artwork, I want to continue to integrate that into my projects. Together with programs such as “TouchDesigner” I can add yet another layer of distortion to the piece. Through that type of node coding, I can change the reality of the artwork even more giving it another aesthetic and meaning.  Combining gifs and altering ready-made videos creates a digital surrealist re-elaboration of existing work. This “recycling” of video material brings a new life to files lost in cyberspace, giving them another opportunity to tell another story. I like to edit the videos I’ve corrupted and created in Premiere Pro, this gives me the opportunity to put together a narrative of these diverse clips.

With the addition of sound art, it creates an audio-visual experience for the viewer that will transport them into a digital world full of glitching colours and powerful images.

Veronica Petukov Statement

I am researching in-depth the issues of filters, selfies and social media curation on people’s psychology and self-esteem. I’m looking into selfie dysmorphia or also known as snapchat dysmorphia, a psychological condition that causes an individual to prefer the “filtered” version of themselves.

I like to integrate aspects of club culture and underground electronic music which have become a huge part both of my life and my art practice. I want to merge the two together creating a 360º experience for the viewer with uses of vibrant videos and visuals, sound art and electronic music composition.

Corrupting and glitching files is an ongoing theme in my artwork, I want to continue to integrate that into my projects. Together with programs such as “TouchDesigner” I can add yet another layer of distortion to the piece. Through that type of node coding, I can change the reality of the artwork even more giving it another aesthetic and meaning.  Combining gifs and altering ready-made videos creates a digital surrealist re-elaboration of existing work. This “recycling” of video material brings a new life to files lost in cyberspace, giving them another opportunity to tell another story. I like to edit the videos I’ve corrupted and created in Premiere Pro, this gives me the opportunity to put together a narrative of these diverse clips.

With the addition of sound art, it creates an audio-visual experience for the viewer that will transport them into a digital world full of glitching colours and powerful images.

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