Lumen’s Adventures in Digital Art

Contains Art

Wed-Sun & daily during holidays
East Quay, Watchet
Somerset, TA23 0AQ

Lumen is delighted to be partnering with Contains Art, established in 2012 as a not-for-profit social enterprise in an isolated, rural, deprived part of Somerset. West Somerset has the lowest social mobility in the whole of the UK, and Watchet is the most deprived ward in the district. Contains Art was founded in this context, in the firm belief that who you are, what you have, and where you live, should not restrict your opportunities to see, take part in, and create some of the best art in the world. The establishment of Contains Art by the local community responded to an almost complete lack of opportunities for people to access and engage with high quality art in the area.


“who you are, what you have, and where you live, should not restrict your opportunities to see, take part in, and create some of the best art in the world.”


Contains Art is now the lead cultural tenant in a wider and very significant community-led regeneration project in Watchet, where it is located. It is being driven by social enterprise, Onion Collective CIC, and Jessica Prendergrast, who voluntarily coordinates Contains Art on a day-to-day basis. Contains Art is the seed from which the scheme has grown. In 2019, assuming everything goes to plan, the gallery will be scaled-up and expanded in size and ambition, aiming to become a significant regional, cultural player bringing the highest-quality artwork to a local audience who would otherwise never get such a chance.


Lumen is proud to be part of this process and, using Contains Art’s unique gallery space fashioned out of a shipping container, we will present a cutting-edge VR work, ‘Hyperplanes of Simultaneity’, winner of the Lumen Gold Prize 2016, as well as two other engaging, interactive works from Lumen Prize finalists.



Artists to be shown in this exhibition:




Biwei Niu (USA)
2017 Lumen finalist

Rhythm is a haptic interactive installation about the Chinese philosophical principle, Qi. Generative, abstract and organic graphics are projected onto a large vertical frame covered with white spandex fabric. The panel’s imagery is affected by touch, so when people move their hands across the surface they can make waves, or push the imagery around.




Lab 212 (FR)
2015 Lumen finalist

Moc explores the relationship between sound and image through simple interactions. An imaginary landscape passes before the viewer. Whistling into a microphone, a tree grows: its shape will evolve in real time based on the sound produced.



Hyperplanes of Simultaneity

Fabio Giampietro & Alessio de Vecchi (IT)
2016 Lumen Prize Gold Winner

In Fabio Giampietro’s work the barriers of art come tumbling down and a relation of continuity and simultaneity between the three spatial dimensions and time becomes tangible, though still imponderable, in the viewer’s eyes. His work melts the tradition of painting to the most innovative technologies conjugating the planes of space and time.



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