It's been quite a year since Odyssey: Explorations in Liverpool and some members of the group have come together online to work on an ambitious new digital project, one which has taken us out of our individual comfort zones to explore a whole new range of possibilities.
Artists for the first stage of this project are: Terri Broughton, Chen Mei-Tsen, Fion Gunn, Maureen Kendal, Nazia Parvez, Sarah Rubidge
Boundless – Worlds in Flux is a project where we the collaborating artists invite participants to share their passion for our planet and its inhabitants both human and non-human.
We will invite viewers to navigate their way through the interrelated and interconnected artists’ worlds where they can access a range of experiences, stories, video clips, soundscapes. These hotspots for interactivity can be accessed easily and in any sequence, providing our visitors with an open-ended experience, one which can be revisited and always provide new insights. In some ways the experience will be similar to people dropping into a museum or public gallery and focus on different collections or exhibitions depending on what appeals to them and how much time they can spend there.
We are also creating a shared environment called Your Space where visitors can join the creative conversation and leave their own comments, video clips, photos, music/sound clips, poetry etc. This will be a generative space growing in size and complexity over time.
We will post further updates about the project in the coming weeks and months.
Odyssey: Explorations - the final report!
Today I submitted my report to Arts Council England and this iteration of the project is concluded - what an amazing journey it has been! There may have been tech gliches, the odd change of plan and heart-stopping concern about missing deadlines but overall it just went brilliantly. Huge thanks to Arts Council England who awarded funds from the National lottery to the project. Many thanks to Tate Exchange Liverpool for being a great host venue and to other contributing venues - National Maritime Museum, Open Eye Gallery as well as FACT and Central Library who hosted collateral events. Thanks to the enthusiastic and helpful community partners: Liverpool Irish Centre, Pagoda Arts Centre and Sunnyhill Children's Centre in Lambeth. Thanks to my assistant Terri Broughton, all the participating artists: Shoran Jiang, Sebastian Kaalwij, Marie Mairs, Audrey Mullins, Jane Skead, Pamela Sullivan, Wendy Williams and Alan Stones (composer of the soundtrack. I must now finish the preps for my solo show (which will feature the digital artwork I made for Liverpool) and start planning for next year's Odyssey!
The digital artwork created by Fion will be on show next in London, so please come and visit!
Solo Exhibition - Candid Arts Centre 5 - 17 November 2019
"One slows down in the presence of art that has been crafted slowly by an artist who is herself an acute perceptor of time. "
Emily de Wolfe Pettit, Curator
- At last the residency date is approaching and I am working like a crazy person trying to get to grips with Tiltbrush! Sean Rodrigo (Continuum) shown above setting it up for me.
Spending hours every day in my Oculus Quest headset I have deep red indentations on my forehead and cheeks and look like I've been beaten around the face! Fun, frustrating and utterly consuming though. I'll post photos of me looking decidedly odd as I work -shortly....
Last night I had a meeting with Sebastian Kalwij who will be the guest speaker at one of the project events I've planned during the residency:
Movement of Peoples : Risks & Benefits - Presentation exploring the health implications of all kinds of travel at Tate Exchange Liverpool - 18 July 3-5pm
As well as being a mega busy GP, Sebastian also makes art and is a published author. Some of his work will be featured in the TEX space - delicate vials of sands which he collects from all over the world which evoke our shared and fragile ecology.