Professor Louis Nixon studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and postgraduate sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. His practice encompasses painting, sculpture, installation and experimental film, often presented as multi-media installations in galleries and public spaces. Nixon founded the collective Space Explorations in 1990 and, as artist, director and curator, participated in large-scale interventions in response to specific sites. Since 2001 he has worked independently and exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, Australia, Chile and China. Before joining HKBU as Director of the Academy of Visual Arts he was the Associate Dean for Research at Kingston School of Art and Head of the School of Fine Art from 2007-14.
In 1987, Professor Louis Nixon made a 6” Newtonian reflecting telescope and observed the motion of the moon and planets for the first time. This had a profound and long-lasting effect on his artistic practice. In this talk, Nixon will show and discuss the numerous ways in which he has tried through kinetic sculpture and experimental film to explore and make sense of this experience.