To celebrate the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, Watermans is holding Festival of groundbreaking installations exploring interactivity and participation in Media and Digital Art. These installations will be accompanied by a series of discussions, artists’ presentations and talks in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London.
The Festival will showcase six interactive installations by distinguished international artists, each representing a different continent, which will be exhibited at Watermans between January and October 2012.
This Festival aims to:
bring together artists from around the world to present work in a series of exhibitions that will create a dialogue between the artists and audiences
showcase innovative and experimental New Media, Digital art works
explore and question audience engagement, participation and accessibility in new media and digital art
engage students and academics in a series of debates throughout the project and in the development and presentation of the exhibitions
involve other organisations and individuals in the process with partnerships and collaborations
promote London as a major cultural capital
invite people to take part in cultural activities and promote and incorporate the Cultural Olympiad themes and values ‘inspiration, participation and creativity’
To create a greater legacy for the Festival, Watermans is planning to initiate a series of discussions about the meaning, possibilities and issues around human interaction and engagement in Digital Art with responses from artists, academics, students, art professionals and visitors from the UK and internationally.
The following selected artists/collectives have been selected from an open call for proposals circulated to artists worldwide. The final six proposals were short-listed by a panel including Prof. Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths, University of London, onedotzero, London’s leading digital media innovation organisation and the curatorial team at Athens Video Art Festival.
Gail Pearce – Going With The flow
Going with the Flow is a rowing installation using interactive technology to allow the movements of users to create a constantly changing immersive environment combining images and sounds of the river with memories of women rowers (featuring surprise underwater features…).
Gail Pearce works as an artist using various media including film and animation. She also makes digital and interactive installations. Credit Crunch, a short film that explored people’s attitudes to money via their purses and wallets was shown at the London International Documentary Festival 2010 and Art Expo London 2010. Drawn to Love was created especially for the Moscow Contemporary Arts Centre "M'ARS" and the festival "Art Digital 2005: Digitalised Love".
She has worked in international collaborations in Russia over three years, as part of ‘emplacements’, making site specific collaborations with Russian and other international artists.
Other projects include co-editing Truth or Dare; conversations on art and documentary with Cahal McLaughlin, published by Intellect (2007) and is currently working on Truth, Dare or Promise, art and documentary revisited.
Watermans is one of the UK’s leading venues for Digital and Media Arts with a history of expertise and commitment in presenting innovative work as well as supporting emerging and established artists working with new technologies.
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Posted on Monday 2nd July 2012