SLAPover 2019

SLAPover at York Mediale
Monday 13th - Friday 17th August

A week long creative slumber party for artists to live, eat, work and collaborate.

SLAPover is a 1-week creative residency for artists to collaborate and create new live performance work, developing and testing ideas together. They will be exploring how technology and performance can be combined, creating brand new experiences for audiences. ‘What does the future look like?’ will be the artists main brief and line of enquiry during the week.


The aim of SLAPover is to create a safe space for artists and performers to experiment and share skills in a collaborative atmosphere. The SLAPover residency will run from the 13th to the 17th of August 2018 and the public sharing of work created will be on the 5th October 2018, forming part of York Mediale’s programme.

After holding a nationwide open call we have now selected 5 artists to take part in the process. 

SLAPover is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. With further support from York Mediale and York St John University. 

The Artists

Aaron Howell    Aaron is a visual artist from Manchester and graduate of Leeds Arts University. Aaron’s moving image work has won awards on the film festival circuit and has exhibited at multiple live art events and venues across the country. Founded in 2014, Aaron’s creative brand ‘Howl Creative’ has received commission funding from Random Acts in association with Channel 4, Light Night Leeds 2017, LightWaves Festival 2017 and HOME Theatre Mcr. With a strong interest in escapist environments and primal physicality’s, Aaron’s work aims to present worlds of ethereal reality and immerse his audiences into an experiential sense of place, presence and intimacy. Aaron is excited to bring a digital edge to SLAPover and explore visual illusion through live animation and performance installation.

Aaron Howell

Aaron is a visual artist from Manchester and graduate of Leeds Arts University. Aaron’s moving image work has won awards on the film festival circuit and has exhibited at multiple live art events and venues across the country. Founded in 2014, Aaron’s creative brand ‘Howl Creative’ has received commission funding from Random Acts in association with Channel 4, Light Night Leeds 2017, LightWaves Festival 2017 and HOME Theatre Mcr. With a strong interest in escapist environments and primal physicality’s, Aaron’s work aims to present worlds of ethereal reality and immerse his audiences into an experiential sense of place, presence and intimacy. Aaron is excited to bring a digital edge to SLAPover and explore visual illusion through live animation and performance installation.

Ali Matthews   Ali is a performance maker, singer and researcher. She makes work across a range of forms including one-to-one, cabaret and devised theatre and has presented at venues including Contact Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Arnolfini, CPT, Project Arts Centre (Dublin) and Ausland (Berlin). She is interested in exchange, proximity, alienation and betrayal. She is currently working on two projects - a performance for two people at a time called The Ballad of Isosceles and a DIY rock opera about a teenage witch, created with Leo Burtin. Her practice also currently explores labour, desire, and the creative potential of witchcraft.

Ali Matthews

Ali is a performance maker, singer and researcher. She makes work across a range of forms including one-to-one, cabaret and devised theatre and has presented at venues including Contact Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Arnolfini, CPT, Project Arts Centre (Dublin) and Ausland (Berlin). She is interested in exchange, proximity, alienation and betrayal. She is currently working on two projects - a performance for two people at a time called The Ballad of Isosceles and a DIY rock opera about a teenage witch, created with Leo Burtin. Her practice also currently explores labour, desire, and the creative potential of witchcraft.

Fran Bundey   Fran is a Leeds based vocal looping musician and sound artist who aims to inhabit the grey space between music and art. Currently, she’s investigating the authenticity of sound in a post-truth society. Fran’s sonic experiments involve using live manipulation of sounds to re-frame spaces and question their concreteness. Since leaving full time work Fran has also been working on more commercial electronic music. Her first single ‘Mine Yourself’ was launched at The Wardrobe in Leeds in May 2018 and has been played on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire. Fran intends to challenge the status quo, act as an innovative sonic explorer and add a female human element to electronic music.

Fran Bundey

Fran is a Leeds based vocal looping musician and sound artist who aims to inhabit the grey space between music and art. Currently, she’s investigating the authenticity of sound in a post-truth society. Fran’s sonic experiments involve using live manipulation of sounds to re-frame spaces and question their concreteness. Since leaving full time work Fran has also been working on more commercial electronic music. Her first single ‘Mine Yourself’ was launched at The Wardrobe in Leeds in May 2018 and has been played on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire. Fran intends to challenge the status quo, act as an innovative sonic explorer and add a female human element to electronic music.

Minyung Im   Minyung was born in Seoul in South Korea in 1987. After studying photography in Chung-ang university, she received the Mirae award from the Geonhi art foundation and Canon Korea. Since then she has worked with photography, video and performance, exhibiting and distributing in galleries, public spaces, film festivals and internet channels. In her work, social intervention is very important. She has always looked for ways to impact people’s daily experiences through artworks. Minyung is based in the UK, and her recent work focuses on understanding and individualising North Korean exiles as they build new lives in the UK.

Minyung Im

Minyung was born in Seoul in South Korea in 1987. After studying photography in Chung-ang university, she received the Mirae award from the Geonhi art foundation and Canon Korea. Since then she has worked with photography, video and performance, exhibiting and distributing in galleries, public spaces, film festivals and internet channels. In her work, social intervention is very important. She has always looked for ways to impact people’s daily experiences through artworks. Minyung is based in the UK, and her recent work focuses on understanding and individualising North Korean exiles as they build new lives in the UK.

Roderick Morgan   Roderick is a theatre director, producer and budding programmer who has been a key creator in thirteen independent productions, ranging from a large promenade performance spread over a two-storey warehouse with a cast of twenty-five, to a two-hander performed in an east London bedroom. He currently makes digital performance work as part of Trajectory Theatre, focusing on creating intimacy and connection through VR and AR technologies. He is also an assistant digital producer at the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio.

Roderick Morgan

Roderick is a theatre director, producer and budding programmer who has been a key creator in thirteen independent productions, ranging from a large promenade performance spread over a two-storey warehouse with a cast of twenty-five, to a two-hander performed in an east London bedroom. He currently makes digital performance work as part of Trajectory Theatre, focusing on creating intimacy and connection through VR and AR technologies. He is also an assistant digital producer at the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio.

Lydia Cottrell