Material Resistance addresses the difficulty of creating a coherent narrative about the way things work in the world. It is an installation where overwhelmingly large organic shapes conceal small video screens. Videos depict a selection of repetitive actions where the performers attempt to gain control but fail at their endeavours. I remove the individual observations from their original context and place them into the chaotic environment that stands in as a proxy for reality. The project becomes a self-contained system, a lab of sorts where I invite the viewer to test out their own theories and thoughts about the way things operate.
Ruudu Ulas is a visual artist from Estonia, based in London. Ulas looks at the world through the lens of playful criticality - working in the field of expanded photography her work uses tools of installation, video and performance in an attempt to make sense of the everyday life. The objects are constricted within the space that they inhabit and despite the discomfort they find a way to sit still. Her images, videos and thoughts can appear next to each other in varying configurations – a photo is in a conservative frame but at other times a tight crop of the same work appears as a background to a performance or a video still spans an entire wall. She follows traces that cyborg-like humans accumulate, while being curious of the systems that have created this kind of creatures. Her investigations often take the shape of large-scale room installations.Ulas holds a First Class BA(Hons) in Fine Art Photography from Glasgow School of Art where her work was awarded with Chairman's Medal, Alice Duncan Travel Prize and the Essay Prize. She studied under Joachim Brohm at HGB Leipzig and has now completed her MA Photography at Royal College of Art.