Russell Perkins - Fondation Fiminco

Russell Perkins

Residency S+T+ARTS – Science, Technology & the Arts

About Russell Perkins

Russell Perkins is an American artist, working across media and often collaboratively. Recent projects consider how risk and precarity register on individual bodies, and were made together with forensic scientists, professional poker players, a biochemical reagent manufacturer, and singers specializing in extended vocal techniques. As a 2018-2019 Queer|Art Fellow, Russell developed a site-specific work for New York’s LGBT Center with artist Nancy Brooks Brody. Recent and upcoming shows include Ordinary Time at OCDChinatown, and Omniscient: Queer Documentation in an Image Culture, at the Leslie-Lohman Museum. He received an MA in philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and an MFA from Hunter College in 2018. While at Hunter, he was Lazarus Curatorial Fellow at The Artist’s Institute, and conducted research in the archives of architect Lina Bo Bardi in São Paulo, Brazil with support from an Evelyn Kranes Kossak Grant.

Russell Perkins is the winner of the artist residency launched by the European S+T+ARTS programme, in partnership with the Fondation Fiminco, and the research laboratory Sony CSL Paris. The residency aims to foster dialogue between the two creative forces of science and art, and has as its theme: “Urban Mobility: Exploring new imaginaries”.

For 5 months, the artist will develop a project entitled “The Future Tense”, in which he aspires to create connections between the dynamics of a musical composition and that of the mobility of bodies and objects in the city. The artist questions how our movements can create harmony, tension and dissonance.

Russell Perkins will thus work in close collaboration with researchers from the Sony laboratory, in particular the teams working on the themes of Creativity, Artificial Intelligence and Music.


Russell Perkins, Card Players, 2018, two-channel video, 18:48 minutes.

Russell Perkins, Prosthetic Hand Movie, 2017, single-channel digital video, 6 minutes.

Russell Perkins, Monday 22 July, 2019, offset print on tinted newsprint, variable dimensions.

Russell Perkins, 2:28, 2020, chromogenic print, 40 x 51 cm.

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