‘Ware and his collaborators aren’t fusing science and art so much as evolving an entirely new way of working.’ – From Stewart Pringle’s New Scientist July 2016 article about Mark Ware’s work: http://ow.ly/HiIg3023S69
Mark Ware MFA is a multimedia artist, a Fulbright Scholar and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. During 1996 Mark had a severe stroke, an event that suddenly and abruptly altered every aspect of his life. Since then, his artwork has become increasingly concerned with how his subjective experience has been altered by the changes in mind and body due to stroke. Mark creates multimedia, multi-event art projects, often for presentation in unusual places and aimed at large and diverse audiences, such as Cathedra 900, a series of multimedia events that was staged at Exeter Cathedral throughout 2012 and 2013 that was seen by over 90,000 people. His latest artistic activity is an Arts Council England supported art science touring exhibition of his new digital prints entitled Reflecting Nature. Reflecting Nature is an art science collaboration with psychologist Dr Nichola Street, a lecturer and researcher at Staffordshire University’s School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise. Mark and Dr Street have a particular interest in understanding the concept of beauty in relation to the natural environment, and the Reflecting Nature collaboration is contributing to explorations of responses to art, nature and beauty in the world around us.
Throughout 2016, Reflecting Nature was exhibited at The Life After Stroke Centre Bromsgrove (May), Kent Wildlife Trust (June), Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester (July), Gloucester Cathedral (August 2016), Exeter Cathedral (September 2016) and Staffordshire University (October & November 2016). Additional Reflecting Nature venues for 2017 to be announced soon.
The Reflecting Nature exhibition is part of Mark’s broader activity entitled, the wavelength project, an Arts Council England supported art science collaboration with the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex, that began in 2015. The wavelength project is scientifically and artistically investigating how natural versus artificial sounds and light affect the brain and, how we respond to images of the natural environment. The addition of the collaboration with Staffordshire University is extending the project’s investigations to include the study of how we respond to natural versus artificial images as well as sound and light. Artistic outcomes include digital print exhibitions, sound and light installations, multimedia performances, talks and workshops.
Due to the success of Mark’s art science collaborations, he has set up a charity called Reflecting Nature in art & science to support the continuation of his collaborative projects.
Mark Ware has a 1st class (hons) degree in Fine Art and a Master of Fine Arts (awarded for his studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago which were supported by a Fulbright Scholarship). He also has over 15 years experience as a professional video maker, stills photographer and marketing and promotion advisor, for which he received several prestigious industry awards. During this time he was employed by government agencies and multinational corporations to work on a wide variety of projects ranging from encouraging UK inward investment, to the promotion of tourism.
Due to the successful outcomes of Mark Ware’s recent Arts Council England supported art science collaborations, he has set up a new charity to support this type of work entitled, Reflecting Nature in art & science (Registered Charity Number 1173281). The objects of the charity are ‘The advancement of the arts and science focusing on the health benefits of the natural environment to the public by funding and promoting research / activities that investigate and support said subject’.
“Mark is an inspiration to us all and an important voice that deserves to be and should be heard. He is truly an artist for the 21st century” – Steven Brown, Royal Exchange Theatre Company, Manchester.
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