Invisible Flock operates at the intersection of art and technology.
We believe that art today must have a positive impact on society and the world we live in and as artists we have a responsibility to open up collective thinking and to build space for critical inquiry.
We are an award winning interactive arts studio based in the UK, making innovative artworks to be experienced and participated in by thousands all over the world. Drawing directly from the world around us we aim to create art and foster relevant art practices that have a long lasting transformative effect and that sit across multiple contexts and adjacent sectors, allowing us to bring our creative thinking and unique ways of employing technology to bear in contexts such as conservation, climate science, education, design, urban planning and healthcare.
The medium of technology has always been the best way for us to articulate new questions and generate alternative understandings of complex systems.
We create highly sensory installations and environments asking us to re-negotiate our emotional relationship to the natural world. Some examples of our practice include GPS powered AR art games, transformed discarded beach plastic into 3D printed artworks, large ambisonic sound installations as well as pioneering digital/physical installations that exist out at sea. Most recently we created Aurora, a multi sensory installation about climate change that re flooded a disused reservoir in Liverpool.
In the past 2 years Invisible Flock showcased work in Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria, Indonesia, Qatar, India and in galleries, museums and public spaces all over the UK proof of their truly global ambition to create art that matters.
Core Artistic Team
Victoria is Invisible flock’s Creative Director. She is an artist and designer working across disciplines.
Ben is Invisible Flock’s Technical Director. A digital artist and creative technologist, he is interested in the critical use of new technology, as well as place, hardware and sound.
Catherine is Invisible Flock’s Executive Producer. She is interested in connectivity and generosity in interactive experiences.
Klavs is Invisible Flock’s Studio Manager and Lead Fabricator. His background is in fine art and design and he is interested in new materials and their use.
Amy is Invisible Flock’s General Manager. She is also an illustrator and designer; taking inspiration from her immediate environment and exploring the mirth and joy in capturing its essence.
“Multi-platform makers of rare ambition & invention” The Guardian
Invisible Flock are part of Sub Zero, a collective of artists and scientists working at the edge of the Arctic where environmental research and art meet. Our hybrid practices intervene to expand understandings and experiences of environmental change through direct participation in research, visualizing and reimagining the outputs of ecological sciences. The collective forms a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural collaboration, articulating and reimagining ways of communicating our relationship to the natural world.
Ellen Rutherford is Invisible Flock’s chair. Ellen’s background is in the not for profit sector. After starting her career in fundraising for an arts charity she now works for the UK’s leading social integration charity, The Challenge. She is responsible for ensuring over 40,000 young people engage in NCS, a programme which brings together young people from different backgrounds to enact social change, across the UK every year.
Cleo Schoeps: With a background in Art History, Archeology and Literature studies, Cleo has led global cultural projects for over a decade. This includes innovative partnerships such as the Guggenheim UBS Map Global Art Initiative in collaboration with the New York based Guggenheim Museum Foundation to national youth engagement programmes in Switzerland. Her role ranges from setting the strategic vision, develop and implement all project related activation and the management of multiple stakeholders. Cleo has also helped initiate major multi-platform storytelling projects to activate communities at a regional, national and international scale. Through her mentoring work, she supports visionary artistic projects and groups to achieve their fullest potential.
Justin is Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre. Recent directing credits include: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (RSC); SNOW IN MIDSUMMER (RSC/Oregon Shakespeare Festival); THE JUMPER FACTORY by Luke Barnes (Young Vic Prison Project); MACBETH/WINTER’S TALE (NT Learning); THE BOX OF DELIGHTS by John Masefield; adapted by Piers Torday (Wilton’s Music Hall); BEOWULF by Chris Thorpe (Unicorn Theatre); THE CARDINAL by James Shirely (Southwark Playhouse). Justin co-wrote and co-presented the BBC LIVE LESSONS on Shakespeare for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Leverhulme Award for Emerging Directors from the National Theatre Studio.
Carey Jewitt is Professor of Learning and Technology, at UCL Knowledge Lab, a specialist research unit in University College London, UK. Her research is on the social aspects of how digital technologies re-mediate interactions, multimodal and visual methods, and she is particularly interested in methodological innovation at the intersection of social sciences and the arts. Carey is Director of IN-TOUCH a 5-year ERC Consolidator Award (in-touch-digital.com) which explores the social implications of how touch is being brought into the design of digital devices and environments. Carey has (co-) authored a number of books, most recently – Interdisciplinary Insights for Digital Touch Communication (2020) and Introducing Multimodality (2016).
Akeelah Bertram is a cross-disciplinary creator who specialises in making immersive experiences. She is interested in collective narratives, challenging perspectives and innovating modes of communication. Her work involves creating fluid systems for collaboration and intuitive use, and often involves her shifting between the roles of artist and director.
Akeelah has exhibited nationally and internationally since studying at the University of Leeds, Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Dresden) and the Royal College of Art (London). In 2019, Akeelah began a long-term international project about diaspora communities entitled Return. In September 2020 Akeelah will be appointed as the Gatenby Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Leeds, UK.
Ben is a corporate lawyer in the private equity practice at Pinsent Masons LLP (an international law firm which specialises in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors, ranked in the top 15 law firms in the UK). Ben advises both institutional investors, corporates and management teams on buy-outs, buy-ins, fund raisings and related acquisitions and disposals. Ben concentrates on transactions involving companies operating in the technology, retail and consumer, business services and professional services industries. Ben qualified as a lawyer in 2014 and holds a degree in Law from the College of Law and a degree in Business from the University of Sheffield. Ben is married, lives in London and in his spare time likes to chuck on a pair of trainers and head out for a run.