Artists from Edge Hill University are bringing an innovative animation and interactive media exhibition to Liverpool’s cultural scene this month.
Projection and Reflection is showing from 17th to 27th August at the Contemporary Urban Centre (CUC) and brings together the unique work of Media Department lecturers Alex Jukes and Craig Boylan together with former Edge Hill lecturer Russell Murray, who is now at Nottingham Trent University.
They each have a shared interest in the role of technology within art and its ability to mediate and visually convey social perspectives or abstract ideas. The focal point for their exhibition is to explore relationships between identity, culture and technology.
Works on display within the gallery space of the vibrant hub in Liverpool include screen-based installations and digital interactive pieces, to encourage understanding of representation, presentation, technology, identity and self.
Craig explained: “This is a fantastic opportunity to be able to exhibit within a popular venue that showcases the work of local artists. It shows our students that in the Media Department we are very much ‘hands-on’. It is important that in addition to lecturing we keep working within the media profession on projects like this exhibition to ensure that we are up-to-date with new practices and technology. The work on show will hopefully inspire others and show the fun side to interactive art.”
Craig’s interactive installations rely on audience participation. The work explores a number of different issues such as the creative tensions between the individual experience and populism in art by putting the audience into the pieces of work. He also examines self-image and expectation. He plays with audiences’ assumptions of seeing a projection of an identical representation when their pictures are taken. The artwork only comes to life when the audience engages: it needs the viewers’ interactions to add the brushstrokes that complete the work.
Alex’s work uses the complex application of 3D computer generated modelling and animation processes. His series of experimental abstract animations explore expressive and personal themes based on portrayals of the human experience. Visual approaches to the subject of portraiture are developed as an antidote to photorealism, and reflect an attempt to capture the essence of the sitter within the environment 3D CG animation, breathing self expression into what is often regarded as a sterile medium.
Russell’s Where We Went When We Left This Place explores the interrelationship between sound and image with the intention of discovering primal patterns to elicit emotional response. Experimental narratives and elemental visions draw the viewer into a powerful interaction with the new virtual world but also give a sense of distant past, in both the macro and micro world.
The exhibition will also be put forward as research project on interactive art.
The Contemporary Urban Centre in Greenland Street, Liverpool, is open to the public and it is free to view the exhibitions. Opening times vary, for more information, please contact 0151 708 3510 or visit the website www.contemporaryurbancentre.org.