Exhibitions I have experienced and visited personally over Lent Term:
“Under Cinema is part of Refuge, a wide-ranging programme investigating the idea of ‘safe spaces’ in relation to art”
When visiting the exhibition, I was specifically drawn to the projected installation called Where Hold We Study, as it was displayed as two projections that overlayed each other side by side, therefore creating an almost alternate universe between the two realities displayed. Within my practice, I thoroughly enjoy creating an environment that is a hybrid between reality and virtual spaces, which explains my attraction to this installation. The audio that accompanied the visuals was very all-encompassing for me to view, and being so absorbed by the installation and the visuals created an immersive experience for me as the viewer. The merging of the two projections worked so well that the videos on either side interacted with each other intermittently creating the aforementioned alternate universe. Other specifics I enjoyed are mentioned in the Review that is linked above.
Raqs Digital Media @ The Whitworth, Manchester: Deja Vu and Distance / 5th Feb
This installation of perspex accompanied by a screen that you are not intended to see was intriguing to experience, as you are only intended to see the reflections of the screen onto the perspex, breaking up the idea of the screen and translating it onto other reflective surfaces. This links specifically with the perspex sheets of plastic that I intend to project onto for my final installation, hopefully able to hang them within C15.
Matt Collishaw @ National Media Museum, Bradford: THRESHOLDS / 12th March
This immersive display of virtual reality, able to use by anyone was an extremely surreal experience, especially to see how developed the technology has become in order to transport your consciousness into a virtual world. There were a few hiccups with the tech that inevitably pulled you out of the 19th Century display of photography, however it was extremely fulfilling to experience, even though I had no interest in the subject matter, the technology that I was able to use in order to immerse myself within a virtual world was just awesome. I’m planning on writing about this experience within my dissertation as it has left quite a mark on my personal experiences with immersion and technology that enables you to be immersed. Considering I was wearing upwards of £1000+ worth of kit on my back, that made me a bit frightened throughout the experience but I’m very grateful I went to see it, as it is not technology that is available everywhere for everyone, due to its expense, therefore it was unlike anything I had experienced before. Yes!!
The calming nature of the video Rebecca has exhibited, is soothing for most viewers. It also leaves the impression that there is something that you are waiting for, yet it did not come in the few minutes I was watching the calm lady in the video which might sound frustrating but was actually very relaxing and positive. The little aspects of the video that move such as her hair and sometimes her facial expression, enable the viewer to determine that it is not a photograph but merely capturing the moment in it’s simple essence. This is what I thoroughly enjoy to do with my landscapes within the virtual worlds, by capturing that moment that I am exploring and within it for others to see, in it’s simple yet captivating nature.
Larry’s work is some of my favourite, and although I am not a fan of all aspects of his film Sundays Best, I really enjoyed the audio that accompanied the visuals, as they were very absorbing to listen to. Even as you walked in the gallery, you could hear the lady singing through the headphones, due to it’s volume, which beckoned you to go over and put them on to listen. It was very encompassing for the senses, as I zoned out whilst watching and then had the moment of realisation when you come back and remember that you’re in public, you’re watching something and that you’re sat on something. The visuals also began to frantically flicker over one another towards the end which was very aesthetically pleasing and almost culminated all of the footage within the film into one, minute long flicker of colour and images.
Neha Choksi @ Manchester Art Gallery: Faith in Friction / 5th Feb
I was unable to stay for long within this installation, however there were SO many screens all around the room, all playing different videos and audios that is completely overpowered my senses, and I’m not sure whether it was a positive or a negative. To sit in the middle of the room surrounded by so many visuals I began to get frustrated with the fact that I was missing parts of footage from each screen when my attention was drawn to another. This is something that I’ll remember in future for my installations, as to overload someone is not my intention, I want to immerse them.
This entire exhibition was just fun. I was smiling all the way through and even laughing to myself frequently, and I wish that I could make my art like this. The CCTV footage installation by Nye Thompson was very intriguing, and I’m sure I was not the only one who would run out into the corridor and then run back into the screen room to see myself on camera. It encapsulated an essence of play within technological art and I really respected this throughout the exhibition.
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester: Interactive Photography Installation
This was available for everyone who entered the building and there were many school children lining up to take photos of themselves in order for them to appear on the installation with a time delay. It was an interesting experience and it was nice to be surrounded by something that was beautiful, it brought people together and it was just a nice aspect of the museum, in that it wasn’t intended to be an art installation, just something that brought people together and broke up the very serious tone of the museum. I don’t know how to explain it, but I enjoyed the experience nonetheless as you can tell by my stupid grin in the picture below.
Susan Philipsz @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (2), Edinburgh: You Are Not Alone / 25th Jan
This was actually fucking awesome. To walk around the room and be entirely surrounded by sound, it was like you could feel it in the air around you. It was a very weird yet rewarding experience, I would go and experience it again if I could.