Oliver Brown (he/him, b.1997) is an experimental interdisciplinary artist who frequently works with sound, kinetic installation, and interactive media. He has a keen interest in (urban) ecologies and the interactions between humans, their technologies, and their natural environments. In particular, Brown often collects and transforms everyday or discarded objects, foregrounding serendipity and contingency in his (re)presentations of these mundane elements. Brown’s surreal, interactive works invite direct audience participation, and promulgate a radically egalitarian creative practice which asks rather than tells—which invites contributions rather than demanding reverence.
His Honours project, entitled DRiPPY, has used water as the abiding metaphor around which to assemble a multimedia exploration of vernacularity, humour, and networked interaction. DRiPPY culminates in two hybrid works: a generative kinetic installation with sculptural, sonic and text elements (installed June 2022), and a graphic, absurdist, text-based work which critiques the role of the academic exegesis in creative praxis.
Brown recently commenced PhD studies at the University of California, Irvine (USA).