Impossible Perspectives Lab: 14th – 18th March 2022, Tatton Park, Cheshire, UK
Abandon Normal Devices (AND), Cheshire East Council and Tatton Park are delighted to announce the names of five artists selected for Impossible Perspectives Lab, a unique XR (extended realities) residential talent development programme, taking place this March in Cheshire.
A group of emerging UK-based artists were selected from an open call in January 2022. The weeklong residential lab will offer a supportive space for sharing, learning and expanding selected artists’ practices in scale and technologies of production in AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality) and wider XR (extended reality) technology based artforms, in collaboration with experts, artists and technologists from SODA (School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University) Labs and HTC.
The programme is inspired by Tatton Park’s landscape and the works of Italian painter Canaletto, whose paintings and drawings form part of the mansion’s collection. Canaletto’s works are renowned for their immersive qualities of imaginary architectural views (referred to as capricci), creating ‘impossible perspectives’ considered to be fledgling versions of current virtual reality.
Within this site-specific environment of production and exhibition, artists, curators and technologists will collaborate to develop proposals for ambitious, immersive artworks under the banner of ‘Impossible Perspectives’, that will feature in a site-wide exhibition at Tatton Park in the coming years.
An open review by partners with external assessor Tendai John Mutambu, have selected a diverse group of artists, working across varied disciplines for this exciting development opportunity:
Baff Akoto’s work embraces the fluidity of visual grammar, notions of plurality and (self) perceptions. Based in London, his practice explores the artistic potential of Virtual and Augmented Reality to interrogate how the digital revolution might avoid the same prejudices, exclusions and inequalities which arose from our industrial and colonial eras. Baff is shortlisted for the 2022 Aesthetica Art Prize and is part of the 2022 cohorts for both The London Open triennial at Whitechapel Gallery and the 13th Bamako Biennial of African Photography.
Thomas Buckley is an artist and storyteller based in Brighton, using new media and the lower senses to create immersive works, working in projection, emergent technologies and interactive installations. His work often uses digital or XR outcomes to draw out our humanity, and develop projects that reanimate or reveal new truths in our social histories. Thomas is a Royal Shakespeare Company Digital Fellow Alumni and has worked with universities and international clients to deliver novel artworks.
Angela YT Chan is an independent researcher, curator and artist based in the East Midlands. Her work reconfigures power in relation to the inequity of climate change, through self-archiving, rethinking geographies and speculative fiction. Her recent research-art commissions span climate framings, water scarcity and conflict, and she has held residencies with Arts Catalyst, FACT/Jerwood Arts’ Digital Fellowship and Sonic Acts’ environmental research residency.
enorê is a Brazilian artist working between digital and physical media, currently based in London. Their work revolves around the fluidity of digital media into physicality and back, the modes of translation that arise from this kind of dynamic and how the body processes information. Using 3D scans and digital data to establish links between physical and digital realms, they bring into physical existence elements which can normally only be mediated through digital technology. enorê works with 3D printed ceramics, textile and video.
Kialy Tihngang is a Glasgow-based interdisciplinary artist working in textiles, costume, photography and moving image. She is interested in the inability of the human hand to replicate the accuracy and cleanness of mechanised objects, the inability of mechanised objects to replicate the spontaneity and rawness of the human hand, and the tension elicited when those principles are tested. Explorations of blackness, queerness, revisionist histories and imagined histories also inform her practice.
Image credit: Canaletto, Venice: A View of Santa Maria Salute and the Entrance to the Grand Canal from the Piazzetta, circa 1729. Copyright NTPL/TattonPark
Canaletto; Canaletto, Venice, A View of Santa Maria Salute and the Entrance to the Grand Canal from the Piazzetta, circa 1729. Copyright NTPL/TattonPark
Established contemporary artists and leading sector experts will offer inspiring and practical guidance, workshops and professional development throughout the residency.
Speakers include leading artists, researchers and technologists working with XR artforms: Chiara Passa, Davide Rapp, Gibson / Martelli, and Danielle Brathwaite Shirley. Valentino Catricalà and Dr. Kirsty Fairclough (SODA Labs), Josh Naylor (HTC), Liz Rosenthal (Venice Film Festival’s Venice and Venice Production Bridge Finance Market), William Uricchio (MIT Open Documentary Lab), Kay Watson (Serpentine Galleries) and National Trust Curator Jon Chu.
Ruth McCullough, AND Director says “We’re excited to gather these five artists together for such a unique opportunity at Tatton Park. We can’t wait to explore this stunning site, collection and XR technologies and imagine new immersive experiences together. Artist development is integral to what we do; supporting emerging talent in order to bring boundary-pushing art to audiences in inspiring locations with amazing partners.”
The residency will be underpinned by support from both AND producers, National Trust curators and archivists at Tatton Park.
Impossible Perspectives Lab is a new UK artist residency programme for Tatton Park. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices, commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Cheshire East Council as part of SHIFT. Supported with public funds from Arts Council England, with additional support from the Italian Cultural Institute in London.
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About Abandon Normal Devices
Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a commissioning agency and a catalyst for new approaches to art-making and digital invention. We create ground breaking projects which challenge the definitions of art and moving image with a distinct emphasis on creative enquiry and provocations. Since its inception in 2009, AND has shaken the creative sector through radical, risk-taking projects that challenge conventional modes of participation, and stimulate new art forms and creative inquiry.
AND brings together an eclectic mix of academics, filmmakers, scientists and anarchists to actively push the boundaries of audience experience and arts production. Inviting artists to hijack the imagination, by developing projects which abandon traditional settings and partnerships.
Proposing a significant shift in the way art is experienced, the AND portfolio consists of site-specific film happenings, exhibitions, performances, online projects, residencies, public realm interventions and a roaming biennial festival. Audiences are invited to interact with bold ideas, encounter new art-forms and experience art, in the everyday and in unexpected locations.
About Tatton Park
Tatton Park is one of the North West’s most popular heritage attractions and one of Cheshire’s most valuable cultural, environmental and economic rural assets open to the public. It attracts 780,000 regional, national and international visitors annually, contributing £34m gross to the regional economy.
Tatton’s visitor attractions include 1,000 acres of Grade 2 Parkland and Gardens, a neo-classical Grade 1 Mansion, medieval Old Hall, heritage farm, shopping and dining options, children’s play areas, holiday accommodation, cycling, horse riding, fishing and sailing. Tatton also provides facilities for filming, meetings, functions and celebrations and hosts over 100 events annually, comprising award-winning education activities for over 24,000 children, music, motor, food, outdoor cinema events and shows and the annual RHS Flower show.
About Cheshire East Council (SHIFT)
Cheshire East is at the heart of the North’s creative cluster, with around 2,000 businesses employing just under 5,000 people. Nationally, the Creative & Digital sector has grown 30% faster than the rest of the economy in recent years. While the majority of the sector’s businesses are small to medium enterprises, Cheshire East is also the home to many multinational corporations including McCann, Barclays Global Technology Centre and Chillingo (Electronic Arts) mobile game publisher of hit iPhone titles Angry Birds and Cut the Rope.
With significant investment from Arts Council England and Cheshire East Council, SHIFT has created a borough-wide celebration of its ongoing digital output and delivered innovation, interaction, inspiration and immersion in the digital and new media potential across the region. Its key aim is to make participation in the digital world accessible for all – through its hands-on events staged in a variety of surprising and unusual spaces across the region to experience art in everyday and unexpected locations.
Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, was born in Venice, the son of a theatrical scene painter. He was very influential, famed for his precisely depicted and evocative views of the city. In 1746 Canaletto departed Venice for England where he worked for the next decade. His work placed an emphasis on satisfying composition above actuality of representation – therefore creating impossible perspectives, and imaginary views of cityscapes known as capriccio (architectural imaginaries).