Fuelled by dialogue and collaborations with researchers and scientists, Joey Holder’s art is concerned with a sense that ‘everything has become a branch of computer science.’ Her complex immersive installations question this new world, where everything, including our own bodies, is probed, imaged, modelled and mapped. Much of her work is a process of accretion; over time, themes are revisited and certain elements reappear in new contexts. One of her most insistent and beguiling leitmotifs is the deep sea and its enigmatic creatures. Semelparous (2020) celebrates the mysterious and critically endangered European eel. Eels reappear in Holder’s most recent work, Abyssal Seeker (2021), which – using extended reality video and 360-degree film – charts the journey to a deep-sea lake that has so far remained undiscovered by science.
Joey Holder (born 1986, London) lives and works in London and Nottingham. Holder studied at Kingston University, London and Goldsmiths, University of London.
I’m drawn to the unknown – things that are beyond our human comprehension. We often imagine what life is like on other planets, yet what is present in this world is stranger than we can imagine, far more ‘alien’. I am interested in the limited way that humans can understand the world around them.
– Joey Holder