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Going with the Flow – Gail Pearce
Saturday 14 July – Sunday 19 August 2012
Daily 12 noon – 9 pm
Exhibition seminar (Gender, sport and technology): Saturday 14 July from 17.00 to 19.00.
Chaired by Janis Jefferies – with Gail Pearce, Juan delGado, Monica Biagioli and Maria Chatzichristodoulou [aka Maria X].
Followed by drinks and the launch of The Sweet Spot (Studio 1 – pls see below)
Free, book on 020 8232 1010 or http://watermans.ticketsolve.com/shows/126521636/events
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, further conversations on art and documentary.
Going with the Flow is exhibited at Watermans as part of the International Festival of Digital Art 2012
The artist and Watermans would like to thank for their support in the project:
Media Arts Department and Royal Holloway, University of London
Sarah Angliss, technologist
Ann Uttley, Chrisy Fox, tellers of rowers’ tales
Erica Matlow, boat steering
The Sweet Spot
Graeme Crowley in collaboration with The Mustard and Blood Orchestra
Please see the website for opening dates / times: http://www.watermans.org.uk/exhibitions/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/the-sweet-spot.aspx
The Sweet Spot is an immersive installation that uses interaction technology to enable the positions of participants to be captured and used to determine the quality and sound of the audio they hear. This audio will be based on a new, alternative arrangement of God Save the Queen. If all the participants congregate on the sweet spot – an unmarked point in the centre of the room – they will hear the pre-recorded track, crisply and clearly. If one, or more, participants move away from the sweet spot, or if one or more participants enter the space, their movement will alter the audio track. As a result, they will be able to create an infinitely changing soundscape.
The Sweet Spot is the result of an exciting inter-disciplinary collaboration between a group of artists, musicians, producers and programmers.
Graeme Crowley – a London-based designer and artist, specialising in new media design, photography and multi-media installations – initiated and is leading the project. He is a principal of Tui Interactive Media, one of the UK’s most established digital agencies, and a founding member of The Café Society, an internet-based group of artists, who exhibit and organise gallery events and workshops around the world (see http://cafesociety.org/ )
The music will be arranged and recorded by the Mustard and Blood Orchestra – a collective of musicians from around the UK led by Johnny Nicholds. The instrumentation will be faithful to the original; the melodies and counter-melodies will remain, but it will be scored with unexpected instruments and arrangements to create a fresh and surprising twist.
Jake Pyne, a multi-disciplinary developer from London will be programming the piece (see www.jakepyne.co.uk). The post-production will be completed by established house and techno producer, Flicker (www.flickertracks.com).