A signal from CONJUNCTION member Samantha Hookway with a peek into the multi-level experimental online exhibition platform E.A.T Spatial and its debut exhibition MANIPULATIONS. E.A.T. Spatial is a digital format that CONJUNCTION will continue to experiment with and in the near future. CONJUNCTION, as a collective, is interested in digital twinning and meeting in the virtual space while crossing the physical borders that separate us. Would you like to collaborate? Contact us!
E.A.T. Spatial is a gallery format experiment created as a Fused Reality, which in this case – is a tied-to-the-physical-site digital gallery departing from an art space in Gothenburg, Sweden. This fused format creates a semi-physical site-specific digital experience for the viewers to share views and ambiance. This platform developed by Studio Alight is part of the greater project, E.A.T. hub [Experiments in Art and Technology] which is a collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Ideas and Art (ICIA). E.A.T. aims to practice across the borders of art and technology where we may discover and learn from these seemingly separate fields while working iteratively and evolving continuously.
Below documents the live performance of Danielle Heath and the major embodiment of our fused reality experiment while the second video further down documents the experience of entering the VR hub.
This exhibition platform is not static. The rendition of E.A.T. Spatial included for the MANIPULATIONS exhibition had multiple ports of entries and multiple experimentations in interaction levels. The virtual hub experiment created social engagements through digital space and enacted a digital twin of ICIA (see below for video). While the Fused Reality experiment blends the ways we can visit, can view, and can perceive works of art. It, also, provides a space for multiple “eyes” gathered into one “point of view.” And begins to ask if we were to surveil our digital world together what may we shift within us?
The exhibition MANIPULATIONS showcased works that reflect on how the arts can highlight and educate the public into understanding the agenda of our society’s governing. Particularly, in our time of the reigning digital capitalists [and the systems they wish us not to understand], MANIPULATIONS asked the questions: Who are the tool makers, and who are the tool users of our societies? What does a citizen need to participate effectively in the dynamics of today’s systems?
MANIPULATIONS exhibited local and international artists Lauren Lee McCarthy (USA) & David Leonard (USA), Andreas Refsgaard (DK), Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson (ES/IS), Saša Nemec (SI/FI), and Danielle Heath (UK/SE). The exhibition ran from November 14 to December 5, 2020.
P.S. Congratulations to Lauren Lee McCarthy for receiving the prestigious USA Artist Fellowship! A round of applause sent from Sweden towards this achievement.
More information on the platform experiment and curatorial theme of MANIPULATIONS alike can be found at www.eatspatial.hub.earth.