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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen
Where Did It All Start, 2022

Throughout October 2022, Bob Bicknell-Knight and Rosa-Maria Nuutinen underwent a two-person residency at High House Working Residency at Antony Gormley Estate, King's Lynn, UK, producing new work for a two-person exhibition in 2024 exploring the seductive nature of video games at The Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth, UK.

Bicknell-Knight began researching and making new work about the tools used to produce video games, specifically the game development software Unity and its asset store. The store enables users of the software to buy and sell assets to use in their games, from 3D models and animations to UI (user interface) elements and code.

Some of these assets have been used hundreds, or even thousands, of times within different video games. The most common assets are prefabs, game objects used in multiple places across a given game. They are usually simple objects, like trees or plants, with low polygon counts.

The widespread use of such high quality, realistic assets may be perceived as homogenizing the video game creation process, and could be the reason why a growing number of game-players want to spend the majority of their time immersed within increasingly lifelike video game worlds.

During his time at High House Bicknell-Knight began reproducing some prefab 3D models as paintings and sculptures, highlighting their everyday beauty and subtle intricacies.

Nuutinen created and began several small and large scale drawings, exploring the relationship gamers have towards their avatars within games, alongside producing drawings of video game landscapes that utilise real world locations, referencing the impressionists of the 19th century whilst updating the practice for the modern, digitally focused world.

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view

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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen

Valleymeet (work in progress), 2022

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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen

Valleymeet (work in progress), 2022

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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen

Valleymeet (work in progress), 2022

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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen

Valleymeet (work in progress), 2022

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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen

Valleymeet (work in progress), 2022

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Bob Bicknell-Knight

Prefab_Fish_Perch_animated, 2022

3D printed PLA plastic, glue

Dimensions variable

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Bob Bicknell-Knight

Prefab_Fish_Perch_animated, 2022

3D printed PLA plastic, glue

Dimensions variable

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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen

Exploring Horizon, 2022

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view

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Bob Bicknell-Knight
mushroom_fly_amanita_01, 2022
Ink and acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 cm
Unique

Bob Bicknell-Knight

Prefab_pine_stump_05_needles, 2022

Ink and acrylic on canvas

40 x 40 cm

Unique

Bob Bicknell-Knight
Prefab_Fish_Perch_animated (3), 2022
Ink and acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 cm
Unique

 

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view

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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen

In You I See Myself, 2022

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022

Installation view

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022

Installation view

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Bob Bicknell-Knight

Mountain_branch_01_5 (work in progress), 2022

3D printed PLA plastic, glue

Dimensions vairable

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Bob Bicknell-Knight

Prefab_mushroom_sickener, 2022

3D printed PLA plastic, glue

10.6 x 11.3 x 10.2 cm

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Bob Bicknell-Knight
Prefab_mushroom_scarletina_bolete, 2022
3D printed PLA plastic, glue
23.6 x 17.1 x 15.4 cm

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view

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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen

Sketch, 2022

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view

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Rosa-Maria Nuutinen

Valleymeet Sketch, 2022

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Bob Bicknell-Knight

Mountain_branch_01_5 (work in progress), 2022

3D printed PLA plastic, glue

Dimensions vairable

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End of Residency Presentation, 2022
Installation view