Inspired by the Olympic Games and Cultural Olympiad, the year-long project is designed to trigger discussion on the impact of technology in art and the meaning and boundaries of participation.
Nigerian conceptual artists One-room Shack Collective will make a navigable labyrinth, interdisciplinary artist Phoebe Hui will make an instrument – Granular Graph, sculptor and mixed media artist Gail Pearce is working on Going With the Flow, an interactive rowing installation, and virtual reality and video sculpture specialist Joseph Farbrook will show Strata Caster – an exploration of the topography of power through the game Second Life.
A further commission has gone to Saguru Goto for his Cymatics, which will use sound and liquid to explore symbolic natural elements used simultaneously in a technological context. This will involve visitors generating sound vibrations which translate to wave patterns on liquid.
Big themes are promised and ‘an experience of visual aural and extrasensory phenomena exceeding our knowledge,’ say organisers.
HokusPokus by Michele Barker and Anna Munster looks intriguing. They have collaborated since 1995 and integrate photographic, video and interactive installation.
For the festival they will ‘examine illusionistic and performative aspects of magic to explore human perception, senses and movement’ say organisers.
It is inspired by ‘neuroscinetific interest in magic as a way of unravelling the relations between vision and movement in human interaction,’ they add.
Selection has been made by a panel including Goldsmiths professor of visual arts Janis Jefferies, staff from moving image festival Onedotzero, the curatorial team at Athens Video Art festival and Irini Papadimitriou – head of new media arts development at Watermans.
Seminars and discussions held in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London will run alongside each of the installations.
All events will take place between January and October 2012 at Watermans, 40 high street, West London, TW8