Archive for the ‘Interactive Arts’ Category

Kites
May 15, 2012

This week the Link Gallery is hosting a display of kites, flown (or not), and videos taken at the annual MMU Art School kite flying trip to Glossop.

The trip is organised by Michael Howard, MMU Art History Lecturer – and celebrates the joy of flight, but also marks Ludwig Wittgenstein’s trips out to test meteorological kites. Wittgenstein  stayed at the Grouse Inn at Chunal.

The kites are in varying states – some battered and broken, some intact. The exhibition as a whole looks a bit like the trip – windblown, chaotic, part success, part disaster, and fun!

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One of the videos shown in the exhibition can be seen here: Chara Kite Collaboration

Another video of the day including the post-fly cabaret (Cabaret Voltaire reconstruction) can be found here: Let’s Go FLy A Kite

More images, information about Wittgenstein’s kites, and a video of the outing can be found on Roger Bygott’s Interactive Arts Blog.

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Interactions: MMU Art School / Edinburgh Art School Exchange
April 27, 2012

‘Interactions’ has been an ongoing collaborative project between students on the Interactive Arts course at Manchester School of Art and students on the Intermedia Course at Edinburgh College of Art.

Details of the complete project and interaction can be found on the blog:

http://eca-mmu-interactions.tumblr.com

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Elisa Artesero ‘Light Weather’
March 18, 2012

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Light Weather is my first solo exhibition in the Link Gallery. The exhibition comprises of two parts: the Link is a large scale installation, at one end of the gallery there is an abstract sky lit up with coloured flashes of light, throughout the rest of the gallery there are coloured pools of light suspended above the floor. The Foyer space shows some of my abstract light photography and an experimental light sculpture.

The installation is a complete experiment. It’s not often I have the opportunity to work in such a large and unusual space where I can let my imagination run wild (time and health and safety restrictions aside). So here I have responded to the space to create an installation which is similar to a stage set. Nothing is naturalistic, the sky and pools of light are abstractions of what they represent, and are lit up with bright colours appealing to the senses. People can walk through the set, as both participants and audience, and hopefully enjoy it as a memorable interruption to their day.”

Elisa Artesero

Colour Block the Link
February 27, 2012

This weeks show focusses on colour blocks – an eclectic presentation from across the Arts Faculty: textiles, paint, sculpture, fashion, linocut prints and photography.

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Regeneration
February 17, 2012

This week at the Link we invited students to pick up a pen/pencil, a piece of paper and start drawing! 

The aim was for a collective large-scale paper drawing developing across all the walls of the Link, adding to what has come before in an organic formation.

The colour theme was black, white and grey.

Over the week more and more pieces were added. Some made quick spontaneous sketches, some offered more considered work. Some spent time in the gallery working.

Many thanks to professional artist ARISU for spending so much time in the space to keep the momentum, you can see her work on her blog.

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Moment
February 8, 2012

This weeks show has been very popular and the Monday night launch was well attended with lovely evening sun shining in on the exhibits and visitors.

The exhibition was initiated and developed by John Lynch a 1st year Interactive Arts student. John says in his exhibition proposal:

“…the past is History and cannot be recreated. You cannot recreate even a conversation you had ten minutes before, since that time many things will have changed, including yourself. When does the past begin? When does History start? I am suggesting after approx. 15 seconds. For those 15 seconds we are living in the MOMENT. This exhibition will be about that time frame.”

The exhibition was an interesting one to curate as many of the exhibits remained somewhat mysterious until the last moment. In the end curatorial decisions were somewhat in the moment! We were looking at blank walls for the first part of the set up, trying to imagine the exhibits on the basis of rough ideas coming from the artists. This seems to have worked out fine and the resulting show is, we think, a set of coherent moments.

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Amy Lawrence

Devin Louttit

Elizabeth De Cent

Hazel Jones

Helen Austin

Hannah Leighton-Boyce

Hannah Davies

Hebe Phillips

John Lynch

Kathy Bradshaw

Keiran Izquierdo

Roger Bygott

Saffina Bhatti

Sonny Barker

Sam Beeston

Tom Valentine

 

Co-ordinator and organiser: John Lynch

Link Gallery Co-Curators and organisers: Elisa Artesero & Roger Bygott

Threads: Party & Video Links
January 17, 2012

The closing party for the ‘Threads’ exhibition was relaxed, fairly well attended and enjoyable (though for some strange reason there was some wine left at the end).

A former MMU Foundation Course student Donna Wood took some panoramic shots of the evening:

 

A lot of people gave positive comments about the work and Elisa Artesero’s Light sculpture was popular. You can see a video of her installation here: http://vimeo.com/35034124

Also, here is a link to a video of Roger Bygott’s shoe and thread installation ‘She, Remains; He, Remains’: http://interactiveeclectic.com/2012/01/12/she-remains-he-remains-threads-link-gallery-exhibit/

 

Threads exhibition
January 11, 2012

The new term at the Link starts with work from the curators, Elisa Artesero and Roger Bygott, with the addition of work from guest artist Hannah Leighton-Boyce.

The theme of the work on show is threads/lines, be they real threads or lines of light. Roger’s work uses threads from shoes to frame the vista of two windows, the shoes create an absence and loneliness when viewed upon entering the gallery, the male and female shoes point outward towards the world outside, an optimistic stance on one level, but on another they are  turning their backs on each other in such a definite position. However, when a visitor stands just behind the shoes to look out at the view, particularly in the evening when they can see their reflection, it is as though they fill the shoes for that moment.

Elisa’s light sculpture uses white thread to reshape the end gallery space in a mix of sharp angular shapes, some covered with paper as platforms for the bright slowly moving projections to bring the sculpture to life. The light from the projections also catches on the strings, illuminating them and giving a sense of movement. The shadows cast from the sculpture also moves across the back wall as the light and dark areas of the projection slowly shift across the space. The Light Paintings I & II projected and framed on adjacent walls are there to be viewed like a painting which happens to move, to watch the swathes of colour and patterns slowly move across the framed area in a slow considered manner. In the evening it is possible to watch the Light Paintings as reflections in the window while positioned in front of Roger’s work.

The Foyer space contains Hannah’s series of intricate pencil drawings from the movement created from stitched pieces of work, laid out as if a large landscape piece.

Also in the Foyer space is an installation and related video pieces by Roger. The foil lined ‘Accumulator’ is a phase in an ongoing series exploring  space, fiction and memory. There is some reference to Psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich’s ‘Orgone Accumulator’ a quasi-scientific/mystical invention devised by Reich in the 1960s. He claimed his ‘Orgone boxes’ could enhance the life-force and the libido. In no way attempting to recreate Reich’s box, this installation nevertheless proposes an accumulation of creative energy in the form of artistic process and fictional possibility. The meaning of the piece is undefined, yet meanings can accumulate and develop in relationship to it. The material lends itself to Sci-fi imaginings, and yet there is a cone of red thread in there harking back to the past maybe. There is a contrasting connection of the Industrial Revolution and the Technological Revolution.

The three looped video pieces also document various phases of the ‘Accumulator’ in the form of performance, poetry and music. We are presented with fragments of a story, part abstract, part science fiction.

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Interactive Arts: Review (Week 2)
December 5, 2011

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Success: Interactive Arts Review Show
November 27, 2011

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