Gabrielle Hoad

Four square mirrors mounted on pairs of bamboo canes are silhouetted against the sky. Each points in different direction, as if scanning for signals.

Artist and writer who lives and works in Exeter, Devon, UK.

With a practice that is highly responsive to site and context, Gabrielle Hoad makes work that includes live, ephemeral elements as well as more lasting documentary traces such as photographs, films, publications and objects. Her interests include language, codes, signalling and the use of what John Berger calls 'technical clairvoyance' (such as night vision and GPS tracking) to extend normal human perception.

Collaboration is central to her practice. She has worked with nature reserves, country estates and woodlands, as well as scientists, mathematicians, historians, foresters, farmers, botanists, birds, trees and a glider pilot.

Since 2016 she has worked extensively with Megan Calver. Joint projects include: Delicate Instruments (2023), an exploration of the paranormal experiments of A H Reeves, supported by a CAMP Research Residency; Clouded Border (2021-2022), a site-responsive project focused on Durlston Country Park in Dorset and its role in the development of radio communications; Salt-cat (keeps them at home) (2020), a site-based installation for Open-Up, Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset; pigeon steps (2019), a participatory provocation and publication for Walking's New Movements, University of Plymouth; Turn (the) leaves (2018), a public participatory event and 8-channel sound installation for East Devon AONB and Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton; LEAN (2018) commissioned for the Od Arts Festival Somerset; and The Buffer Zone (2016), a shared inquiry (with Susie David) at Dawlish Warren into human/nonhuman dialogue, supported by a bursary from a-n The Artist Information Company.

Gabrielle has a strong interest in the construction of knowledge, in particular the notion of the scientific model. As an ESI/RANE Creative Affiliate (2014-15), she worked with Dr Jonathan Bennie of Exeter University's Environment & Sustainability Institute on Foreign Soil, modelling the microclimate of a pasture in southwest England. In 2013-14, funded by Arts Council England, she worked with Dr Steven Portugal of the Royal Veterinary College's Structure & Motion Lab on Solid Air, a project that brought together specialised data loggers with 3D printing technology to visualise bird flight paths.

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