Hello, we are a mixed assortment of artist and designers who dispatch interference-art from our headquarters in the north of England. We are experienced in making, baking, creating, translating and realising visions. Armed with a tool box of post-its, double sided sticky tape, colour pencils, scissors, paper, needle and threads, cameras and laptops we run interference for galleries, museums, theatre companies and community groups. See our Q and A’s below for further info and contact i-a if you want to join in.
Q & A with Liz and Harriet of interference-art
Liz Noble and Harriet Hall ask themselves questions that other people often ask them.
Who is interference-art?
HH: interference-art is an every-changing collective of artists and designers who endeavour to inspire creativity, at the heart of which is Liz Noble and, myself; Harriet Hall.
LN: Occasionally we bring in professionals, sometimes we happily collaborate with other amateurs.
Why are you called interference-art?
HH: We had to invent our our terminology as we couldn’t find anything out there that defined what we are about. We took the word ‘interference’ to describe our method of working; basically intervening in the normal run of life, which we do with the upper-most care.
LN: The ‘art’ bit describes the product we produce. To us art is a broad term covering so many things from design/craft/art spectrum.
HH: We think art is in everyone and everything. This thought helps us through the day.
What exactly is ‘interference-art’?
HH: Well it’s difficult to be exact about what we do as it as it changes with each project, we like to cheekily challenge the problem proposed to us. The way we work is like a chain reaction of events resulting in a unique finale.
LN: We’d like to sum-up what we do in a sentence but interference-art describes so many things, it could be a experience or an object. Whatever the outcome an interference-art artwork aims to bring a sense of wonder to everyday life and make us re-evaluate the world we live in.
HH: The process involves lots of questions, experimentation and play. Research and development is important to us – we decide after this what medium best suits the project.
LN: So we don’t want to tie ourselves down then! We are excited by exploring ways environments, objects and messages can be altered and their meanings changed through the powerful medium of art.
HH: I guess that’s why we’re being so ambiguous about what we do. We’re pretty much up for anything, as long as we find the brief exciting.
HH: interference-art welcomes creative challenges. Bring them on!
What medium does interference-art work in?
HH: Each project is made to measure and no two outcomes are the same.
LN: We draw on our various skills and hobbies: design, drawing, photography, animation, print-making, pottery, woodwork, metalwork, CDT, text, textiles, knitting, kneading, sticking and gluing. Some we’re good at, some we learn on route.
HH: We share ideas and talents but I leave the knitting to Liz as I find it relentless rather than relaxing. And my sewing looks like a drunken spiders.
LN: But you are our in-house photographer.
HH: We love all the mod-cons of the digital age but we have a big desire to hand-make stuff. It keeps us from going mad!
HH: We are interested in combing traditional and new technologies, giving our projects a professional yet personal touch.
Who do interference-art work with?
LN: I think people would be the simplest answer, from babies to great-grand-parents. We’ve interfered with institutions like galleries and museums, as well as working with community groups. What we are really interested in is listening to, and collaborating with, all manner of folk.
HH: We work closely with the people involved to bring a democratic approach to the process of making art and try to find intriguing new ways of engaging everyone.
LN: We treat a project like a two way conversation, almost like a game of consequences.
Tell us about some of interference-art projects.
HH: Fun is a really important aspect to our work as we often find ourselves blending our work/life boundaries so it’s important that work is a joyful experience.
LN: We respond innovatively to a variety of assignments. Past missions include making enormous ice cream props for a theatre company, miniaturised artworks, designing activities to aid a pleasurable exploration of galleries, creating a limited addition boxed artworks which were hidden in library, inventing ‘operation match’ for a gallery singles night, we’ve even got our own instant digital photo booth…
HH: …oh just check out projects on our website.
LN: We also make things that allow others to interfere such as letters of complaint and complement. See our try interference-art section
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