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Nicholas Lowe is an interdisciplinary artist, teacher, project manager, and curator. He is known for his photography, video and installation works from the 1980’s and 90’s that focus on experiences of AIDS and HIV. Lowe has also worked in prisons and with farming communities in the UK. Lowe has worked with peo… Read More
Nicholas Lowe is an interdisciplinary artist, teacher, project manager, and curator. He is known for his photography, video and installation works from the 1980’s and 90’s that focus on experiences of AIDS and HIV. Lowe has also worked in prisons and with farming communities in the UK. Lowe has worked with people in these specific social situations to facilitate opportunities where the details and information from personal archives and from first voice accounts are offered as a commentary upon prevailing social conditions. Sometimes called a social practitioner, and identified as a contextual artist Lowe has facilitated exhibitions, publications and archival collecting throughout the 90’s into the early 2000’s and up to the present time. His current employment as Associate Professor in Arts Administration positions him also as curator of the Roger Brown, La Conchita, CA collection, a portion of the estate collection at the Roger Brown Study Collection, a special collection of the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

His current creative endeavors are responses to landscape, drawings and digital photographs, made both in the studio and plein air, that pay careful attention to the conditions of a place and to the subtle indicators of human activity. Other recent visual work takes the form of three dimensional miniatures and diorama's that address content derived from archival and literary sources while taking on curatorial and museological concerns. Written accounts, drawings, etchings and archival photographs are activated as sources for the dioramas which represent places that are now no longer in existence, and actions, incidents and situations that have long since been passed into narrative. Strongly calling to mind considerations expressed by Michel Foucault where "fictions function as fact", the nature of truth in the museum is examined and its mechanisms are openly presented.

Lowe joined the faculty at SAIC in 2003 in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in studio, archival management, and material culture. He was born in England where he received the Higher Diploma in Fine Art from the Slade School of Art in 1989. He has lived and worked as an academic and visual artist in Berlin, Bethune, Bristol, Buxton, Culver City, Lille, London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Luxembourg, Paris and Santa Barbara. Read Less
  • Associate Professor
    School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago — Chicago, IL, USA
  • Director of Projects
    Rural Education And Arts Project — Longnor, United Kingdom
  • Senior Lecturer
    University Of The West Of England — Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Lehrbeauftragte
    Universitat Der Kunst — Berlin, Germany
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2017 - 2018 Looking for the landscape… Itinerary, landscape, process. The Overland Trail - Landscape as Archive and Artifact. From Sept 13 - Oct 17 2017 following the Overland Trail/California Trail Nicholas Lowe made a journey which traced the 1849 passage of James Wilkins from Fort Leavenworth KS to Placerville… Read More
2017 - 2018 Looking for the landscape… Itinerary, landscape, process. The Overland Trail - Landscape as Archive and Artifact. From Sept 13 - Oct 17 2017 following the Overland Trail/California Trail Nicholas Lowe made a journey which traced the 1849 passage of James Wilkins from Fort Leavenworth KS to Placerville CA. This journey traced the river courses across eight states for just over 4600 miles. Details of the journey and the work are available at - https://ruftydogblog.wordpress.com

2011 - 2012 Artist in Residence, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City CA
Guest artist and Curator at the ‘Roger Brown’ Spartan Trailer. http://ruftydog.wordpress.com/

2012 Consultant Curator Casa Dolores, Santa Barbara, CA
Casa Dolores Garden for Roger Brown. An installation of ceramics from Roger Brown’s La Conchita CA garden at Casa Dolores, Center for the Study of the Popular Arts of Mexican,. Installation consultation to the staff and curator.

2012 Faculty Projects – Gardens Reconstructed and Landscapes Revisited.
Sullivan Galleries, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, August – October 2012.

2010 Roger Brown: Calif. USA. Curator
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. June – October 2010

An exhibition of the ‘Virtual Still Life’ object-paintings and selected items from the Roger Brown, La Conchita, California collection. Roger Brown Study Collection/Hyde Park Arts Center, June 2010.

2008 Xwingprojects/Creeping Toad (UK) – Luna de Suenos: A Winter Lantern Festival.
Department Of Cultural Affairs/Millennium Park Chicago.

2004 - 2008 Xwing – Experimental Puppet Theatre
Traditional Punch and Judy, and performancers of texts by Jarry, Rachilde, Beckett,

2005 Master Nowhere’s Lost Carnival – HOP/Xwing
Site specific 19th Century carnival nightclub event in Bronzeville, Chicago – Punch and Judy Professor, Ballad Singer and Tooth Puller

2004 A Manifest Imposture or Guignol as Pataphysics. – Xwing.
Adapted from Alfred Jarrys’ Les Minutes de Sable Mémorial. (Adapted; Produced; Directed; Designed by Nicholas Lowe) Performance duration 75 mins. Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

2001 The Prisoners Tale.
Performance duration 45 mins. Institut Fur Kunst Im Kontext, Univeritat Der Kunst, Fakultat Bildende Kunst - Berlin, Germany.

2000 Coq-à-l’âne: From rooster to ass a story of cock and bull.
Installation. University of Bath, Creative Arts Center, Bath, UK.
Stories and experiences of HIV and AIDS: A performance in the ‘Sitting Room’ series.
Performance duration 45 mins. UEL Postgraduate seminar London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UCL, London, UK.

1999 Punch's Pranks.
Performance duration 45 mins. Faculty of Art Media and Design, UWE Bristol, UK.
The Sitting Room #3.
Performance duration 45 mins. Faculty of Art Media and Design, UWE Bristol, UK.

1997 The Sitting Room #2
Performance duration 12 hours. Hochschule Der Künste. Berlin, Germany.
Bed, Video installation, Paper Doll #6, Installation.
in Shaken Not Stirred - Jeune Art Photographique de Europe. (A Pépinière Européennes Pour Jeunes Artistes touring exhibition) Galerie Domanique Langue, Dudelange, Luxembourg; Galerie Nei Liight, Dudelange, Luxembourg; Künstlerwerkstatt Bahnhof Westend, Berlin, Germany; Fondazione Italieana Par La Fotografia. Museo dell'Automobile, Torino. Italy.

1996 Paper Doll #4, Installation. Paper Doll #3. Performance duration 45 minutes.
City Limits, Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, UK.
The Sitting Room #1 Performance duration 6 hours.
Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Gloucestershire, UK.

1995 Billboard: Collaboration with Keith Livingstone in Fatal Attractions : AIDS and Syphilis from Medical, Public and Personal Perspectives.
The Wellcome Institute For The History Of Medicine Euston, London, UK.
Unsettling Men Installation and performance residency
Camerawork, London. UK.
Bed Video installation, Paper Doll #6 Installation. in Shaken Not Stirred. Jeune Art
Photographique de Europe. A Pépinière Européennes Pour Jeunes Artistes touring exhibition.
Le Machine a Eau, Mons, Belgium; Musee Nicephore Niepce, Chalon-sur-Soane, France; Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. France

1994 Memorial Sentenses. Photo installation. La vie, l’amour, la mort - dix ans de création photographique autour du
SIDA, Gallery FNAC, Rue De Rennes, Montparnasse, Paris, France

1993 Paper Doll #1 Performance duration 45 minutes
Sheffield Media Show 93. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK.

1992 Living Proof: Stories of HIV.
The Laing Art Gallery, Projects U.K. Newcastle Upon Tyne. UK.
Memorial Sentences and On Stony Ground.
Zone Photographic Gallery. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
BBC Billboard Art Project. Collaboration with Keith Livingstone: Billboard The Tate Gallery, Millbank London
Sited simultaneously on ten locations in the U.K. The Artists Agency, The BBC, Radio Times, Mills
and Allan.

1991 Memorial For Oscar Wilde Video installation.
Centre Jean Monnet II, Bethune, France.
La Maison Sans Interieur - The Homeless Dwelling. Performance duration 20 minutes.
Centre Jean Monnet II, Bethune, France.
Ça Suffit! Site specific installation.
Le Beffroi, La Grand Place, Bethune, France.

1990 On Stony Ground. Installation:
Nottingham County Council Touring Exhibition, UK.
(Safe) Sex Explained. Installation, in ‘Ecstatic Antibodies’.
Arts Council of Great Britain Touring Exhibition, UK. Read Less
Books:

2017 - The School Of The Art Institute of Chicago. Co-author with Thomas C. Buechele. Arcadia Press, Campus History Series. 2017.

2010 – Roger Brown Calif. U.S.A. An exhibition catalog with essays by Christine Atha, Dana Boutin, Nicholas Lowe and Lisa Stone, includes a Viewmaster set, DVD slideshows and … Read More
Books:

2017 - The School Of The Art Institute of Chicago. Co-author with Thomas C. Buechele. Arcadia Press, Campus History Series. 2017.

2010 – Roger Brown Calif. U.S.A. An exhibition catalog with essays by Christine Atha, Dana Boutin, Nicholas Lowe and Lisa Stone, includes a Viewmaster set, DVD slideshows and five focus booklets; Artworks 1; Artworks 2; Ceramics; Garden; and Project. SAIC, Chicago. ISBN 978-0-9828798-0-1

1992 - Living Proof: Views of a World Living With HIV and AIDS (Photographs and Writings) Nicholas Lowe and Michael McMillan. Artists’ Agency, Sunderland, UK. ISBN 0-9509797-2-4

1991 - Bethune: A Town Of Walls. Nicholas Lowe and Mark Dey. Nicholas Lowe, London, UK.
ISBN 0-9517679-0-9

Chapters (Edited books):

1999 - Who is speaking? Who is being heard? In: Art Education Discourses. Vol. 2. Leaf, Fruit and Seed. J Swift (Ed). Article Press, UCE, Birmingham, UK.

1997 - La formation et la vie professionnelle de l'artiste / Education and the professional life of the artist. In: Pépinière Européennes Pour Jeunes Artistes: Quatrième programme 1995 - 1997. Pépinière Européennes Pour Jeunes Artistes, Paris, France.

1996 - Le statut d'artiste en Europe / The Status Of The Artist In Europe. In: Emerging Artists In Europe Today. Dossiers Pedagogiques No. 8. Institute National De La Jeunesse Et De L'Education Populaire. Marly Le Roi, France.

1995 - The Prison Audio Project. In: Art with People. Malcolm Dickson (Ed). Artists Handbooks Series. AN Publications, Sunderland, UK.


Articles (Periodicals, Journals and magazines)

2007 – Who needs a prosecution to make a point: The forgotten British Culture Wars. In Social
Identities, Taylor and Frances, Vol.13, No.2, March 2007.

2006 - Corruption Contraption: The Gidouille as a transubstantiating device. In Pataphysica III.

2003 - Knowledge from the past towards a sustainable future? In Mailout: Arts work with people. August-September. Chesterfield, UK.

1998 - Snoozyland - Articulating disability in art spaces. or A question of sameness and 'running about'. In: Drawing Fire. The NAFAE Journal Vol. 2 No. 2. NAFAE, Bristol, UK

1994 - Beyond Education: Community Arts. In: Artists Newsletter, August, Sunderland, UK.

1992 - Living Proof in Words and Pictures. Nicholas Lowe and Michael McMillan. In Mailout: Arts work with people. pp.20-21. October/November, UK. Read Less
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