Microworld & Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art

Eureka! The National Children's Museum

The Lumen Prize is delighted to be producing two exhibitions at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax, UK: Microworld with Genetic Moo until June 3rd and Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art from June 9 to Nov 25th.

Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art will feature 14 works by 10 Lumen artists, who were each finalists or winners of the competition during the past six years; five are based in the UK, two each from France and the US, and one from Germany. All are being brought together for the very first time. Fusion opens on 16 June at the Halifax attraction and will be hosted in Eureka!’s Spark gallery until 25 November 2018. Watch the teaser video here.

For an invitation to the private view on 14th of June, please email us at info@lumenprize.com.

We are delighted to be working with Eureka! to bring Fusion to life. Every year Lumen is reaching more artists and institutions to connect with a wide variety of audiences. Raising the understanding and awareness of digital art is integral to what Lumen does. We want to create memorable experiences that make conversations happen and foster community interaction. We are hoping to inspire the next generation of artists to look differently at the technology that they use in their everyday life.

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Eureka! Chief Executive comments: “We are privileged and proud that The Lumen Prize for Digital Art has chosen Eureka! as its home for the next six months and can’t wait for our visitors to see it, interact with it, enjoy it and go home inspired

“Art takes lots of forms and many of our younger visitors and their families may never have visited a traditional gallery or thought it was for them. At Eureka! we love to show how things can be done differently in the 21st century. We hope having an installation packed full of interactive digital art will inspire and excite visitors as to what can be possible using technology, rather than simply through methods such as paintings and pencils.”

Artists featured in Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art will include:

The Wave by Marpi and Jaume Sanchez Elias

Marpi, 2016 Lumen Prize Finalist, is a Polish-born San Francisco-based Digital Artist whose artworks are interactive, scalable and multiplatform, giving anyone the ability to shape them and create their own version. Marpi provides an empty canvas where the art does not exist until people create it. Marpi’s The Wave, created in collaboration with artist Jaume Sanchez Elias, is a large-scale, meditative installation allowing viewers to interact with a generative waterfall by touching it and guiding the water particles across multiple large touch screens. Shapes are constantly evolving, generating visuals that appear like water.

Genetic Moo, 2013 Lumen Founder’s Award Winners, is a collaboration between artists Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup. They are based in Margate but work all over the UK and abroad with digital arts organisations and are members of the arts collective The London Group.

They describe their work as “living installations in pixels and light” and are exhibiting five inter-connecting immersive artworks, collectively known as Microworld. Each of the five pieces is a digital ecosystem: In Squidlets, the audience is invited to snap a photo of themselves to create a digital creature, which then feeds off the colours created by the piece Multiple, which in turn creates a digital interactive wallpaper based on shapes created by the people viewing the artwork.

Nathan Selikoff, 2016 Lumen Prize Finalist, from Florida, is inspired by science, nature and music, and combines computer code, traditional materials and future technology to bring his ideas to life. He makes artworks that play with interactivity, motion and space and Audiograph (below) is a clock that senses and visualises the sounds around it, translating the sound into light. Talk, clap or sing to it and the hour and minute hands will respond with real-time designs. At any given time, viewers can look at the clock and see not just what time it is, but what the last minute of time looked like based on their own interactions and those by others.

Other artworks include Bonjour Interactive Lab’s Passage, 2013 Lumen Prize Finalist, a digital scanner previously exhibited at the Louvre, which creates a 3D pixel image and single soundprint of each visitor entering its field of detection. Flora by Philipp Artus creates complex and delicate shapes resembling plants, which can be interactively altered by viewers using a touchpad to develop a forest of flowers or trees.

Artists have been working with computers since the earliest days of the computing. The first use of the term digital art was in the early 1980s when computer engineers devised a paint program used by the pioneering digital artist Harold Cohen. This became known as AARON, a robotic machine designed to make large drawings on sheets of paper placed on the floor. By the end of the 90s, digital art had become an established term, with museums and galleries collecting and exhibiting it

The full list of works exhibited in Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art:

 

  • Abstract Playground 1-3 by Will Hurt (UK)
    2017 Lumen Prize Finalist

 

  • Audiograph by Nathan Selikoff (USA)
    2015 Lumen Prize Finalist

 

  • Flora by Philipp Artus (Germany)
    2017 Lumen Prize Finalist

 

  • Garden of Earthly Delights by Laura Dekker (UK)
    2014 Lumen Prize Finalist

 

  • Microworld by Genetic Moo (UK), a series of five interconnected pieces:
    2013 Lumen Prize Founders’ Award

 

○       Animats

 

○       Maggots

 

○       Multiple

 

○       Seeds

 

○       Squidlets

 

  • Murmur by Chevalvert (France)
    2014 Lumen Prize Finalist

 

  • Passage by Bonjour Interactive Lab (France)
    2013 Lumen Prize Silver Award

 

  • The Wave by Marpi (USA) and Jaume Sanchez Elias (UK)
    2017 Lumen Prize Finalist

 

Admission to Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art will be included in the price of admission to Eureka!, or free to Eureka! Annual Pass holders.

For more information, pictures or interviews, please contact:

Sophie Ballinger, Communications Manager, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, sophie.ballinger@eureka.org.uk, 01422 330069 or Jonathan Weinberg, Bootstrapped PR, jw@bootstrappedpr.com, 07947 141014 / Lauren Woodward, Bootstrapped PR, lauren@bootstrappedpr.com, 07720 089487

 

 

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