Photos and videos from the opening of SMALL WORLD FAIR 2010 @ Metal
Small World Fair – an inaugural project by Southend’s Digital Exploration Centre – opened at Metal, Chalkwell Hall, on Tuesday. Simon Poulter, a curator of the exhibition, showed IDEA13 around. See the video below.
Currently based at Metal, Digital Exploration Centre (DEC) is a new initiate to ‘develop knowledge and entrepreneurship n the region, nationally and internationally, founded on digital technology’ which, during the next 6 months, will present a programme of activities, exhibitions and events, engaging people in the digital debate.
Small World Fair kicks start this debate. It is an ‘exhibition of ideas, artworks, curiosities and questions around how the worls is shaped by new technology’.
Simon Poulter talks about the works in the show:
Peter Cusack has collaborated with Stuart Bowditch and Damien Robinson on a sound map – Favourite Sounds Southend, where using a google map interface you can zoom in, select a location and play a sound. Mary Flanagan‘s TV diptych explores the utopian dreams of perfect city – she builds her own version on one screen, whilst the other shows her wandering through streets of the SIMS game.
Best viewed at night, Rod Maclachlan‘s Screen creates an illusion of three objects rotating in the window created with a traditional lantern projection effect. Similarly, Hans Verhaegen and Jean Delouvroy isn’t what it first resembles – a stained glass cathedral window. A close inspection reveals a pattern of tiny animated figures. Simon Poulter‘s own work is a museum-style exhibition of objects that have made our world smaller – a child’s dress printed with patterns of the contraceptive pill, a miniature of steam engine train, a TV, a printing set etc.
The opening of Small World Fair also included a performance by Harminder Singh Judge, The Modes of Al-Ikseer, which showed him slowly turning around over a large pool of milk, lit by a specially designed laser light show, with a soundtrack including Depeche Mode’s song Personal Jesus:
Gerfried Stocker, Director of Ars Electronica Centre, opened the exhibition, making a case for the role of art in our understanding of the world around us and the need to invest in it. The digital technology came along faster then our ability to adjust to it and the experience of technology art helps in that process, he says:
In addition, there will be a series of panel-led discussions with artists, activists, business leaders and academics debating technology:
6 Oct 7.30pm – Changing our World
13 Oct 7.30pm – Listening to our World
20 Oct 7.30pm – Visualising our World
To book a place at one of the sessions below, call 01702 470 700.
DEC @ Metal /Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend on Sea SS0 8NB.
See METAL’s WEBSITE for more details.