This brief bus tour will draw upon the role of Portland as an experimental site. Portland’s unique coastal location, geological properties and social history make it an ideal field laboratory for use by scientists, naturalists and the military. This tour will take in a number of sites to explore through myth and fact, conspiracy and official histories, Portland’s role in past and future experimental work.
Neal White is an artist, Director of Office of Experiments and Associate Professor at The Media School, Bournemouth University. Based in London and the South West, White's work with Office of Experiments considers art within the 'expanded field of art', that is set in the context of its making - from scientific laboratories to urban public space or in concealed spaces.
With an interest in the experimental and socio-political dimensions of art and its representation, his work operates in the field against which it is read. Working with new technologies and digital media, the work draws on visual and experimental geography, as well as social practices in art and digital media. White has undertaken recent commissions in Washington DC and Germany, research at the Centre for Land Use Interpretation, USA and with Arts Catalyst, with whom he often works. He has exhibited work at John Hansard Gallery, Apexart- New York, Transformer - Washington DC, FACT- Liverpool, Natural History Museum, London. He was a Director of O+I from 2007-9 (formerly APG). His work has received numerous awards from Arts Council, Henry Moore Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Gulbenkian Foundation.