|Liz Atkin charcoal art flat image from https://flic.kr/p/UJDtG3|
Every picture tells a story and we all have a story to tell ... we are all artists searching for meaning.
The art of life is the life of art
A life of art is the art of life.
The information age is upon us, robots and artificial intelligences will intrude, impact and even invade our lives and ask the question of what it means to be human. We have had art as long as we have had technology .. from the earliest cave paintings to today's immersive virtual realities. Technology and art have always co-existed with us to have one without the other could be catastrophic. Art is a quest for meaning and identity and is its expression ... in an age of automation and technology rush art will be vital in our quest for meaning ... art may be the key to our survival. It was with this in mind that I did the "Havelock Walk".
I had been meaning to go for ages and on a Saturday afternoon I went along and took a 360 camera.
|Sooty .. unfinished flat image from Flat image from https://flic.kr/p/UJDtG3|
The theme of life as art was made tangible in studio 9 f h space "First Half" exhibition ... the first 50 years of the artists life. I related to the tangible, physical objects that were also in my life .. .the little Ladybird books that I loved reading as a kid for example. We spoke about the next 50 years .. how it may become more intangible through virtualisation ... what would a "Last Half" exhibition be like ... would it al be screens and virtual reality headsets ... would there even be a physical gallery and would you need one?
A physical gallery is more than flat walls .. its a three dimensional space of objects we enter with our bodies our senses and other people - its something that is difficult to convey with flat images on a screen .. this is why I did the Havelock Walk with a 360 camera .. to try and convey a better idea of being in the studios and galleries .. to give a first person perspective of being there.
|Serena Rowe's Gallery flat image from https://flic.kr/p/TKvR9R|
Art work .. the work of art happens in the space around the art and the observer - this is why we have physical galleries.
Artists love natural light if they can get it .. Pip Tunstill's exhibition was modern and light and had sky lights to give great natural light at the far end of the gallery. They say a dog resembles its master (or is that a car its driver) and In so many ways the gallery resembles Pip's bright modern art work - see https://flic.kr/p/UoVTx5 https://flic.kr/p/UoW1Gf
|David Mach's studio .. flat image from https://flic.kr/p/UYYyKk|
The last exhibitions I visited were Elizabeth Chisholm's in studio 10 and the Canvas and Cream gallery's "Age Of Anxiety" see https://flic.kr/p/TKwaLk, https://flic.kr/p/UYYab6 and https://flic.kr/p/UVrh5h. Elizabeth's CCTV inspired POV (Point Of View) artwork has a strong and obvious connection to the first person point of view imagery of 360\virtual reality (VR) technology. New technologies give artists new ideas, symbols, insights and techniques and 360\virtual reality one of the most relevant contemporary developments. There are many challenges to artists using 360/VR technology ... there is no longer a fixed point of view to your art ... the observer can look in any direction. Each 360/VR work of art is a three dimensional gallery installation - it's a three dimensional experience co-created by the artist and each viewer.
I didn't go into all the studios and galleries .. there were plenty up stairs that I didn't visit .. a big regret now but something left for another time .. for a life in beta ... nothing is ever complete.
It may not be possible to live the perfect life but it is possible to live a beta one.
The Open Day 360/VR images on Flicker https://flic.kr/s/aHskVtYtAa
Me ... I'm Martin King ... @timekord
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