Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Impossible Perspectives Lab – Abandon Normal Devices



Impossible Perspectives Lab: 14th – 18th March 2022, Tatton Park, Cheshire, UK

Applications open” 12.30pm, Thursday 6th January 2022

Open Call Deadline: noon, Monday 31st January 2022

Developed in collaboration with Cheshire East Council as part of SHIFT at Tatton Park, a large heritage attraction in Cheshire. With collaboration from experts, artists and technologists from the SODA (School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University) Labs, the programme is inspired by Tatton Park’s landscape and the works of Italian painter Canaletto, whose paintings and drawings form part of the property’s archive collection. The Impossible Perspectives Lab will welcome six artists or collectives to a week-long residential programme to develop their practice in new art forms and at new scale, and to develop concepts for XR (extended reality) artworks in response to Canaletto’s paintings, his work and ideas, and the site of Tatton Park.

The opportunity is aimed at early career, UK-based artists, collectives and/or studios, working across artistic disciplines (art, architecture, performance, new cinema, sonic art). The programme will support and expand artist’s practices in scale and technologies of production, so artists that haven’t already worked with AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality) or wider XR (extended reality) technology based artforms are encouraged to apply. AND is particularly keen to work with artists whose practice progressively addresses architecture, landscape, and archive.

The residential lab will take place in March 2022 at Tatton Park, Cheshire, UK, where participants will be immersed in the landscape and collections. Artists, curators and technologists will collaborate in a site-specific environment of production and exhibition, bringing new and underrepresented artists in conversation with curators from Tatton Park and the National Trust, alongside technologists from HTC and SODA to develop proposals for artworks, immersive experiences and XR public art under the banner of ‘Impossible Perspectives’, as part of a proposed site-wide exhibition at Tatton Park.

Participating artists will respond to the site and the works of Italian painter Canaletto, an artist whose paintings were famed for their immersive qualities. Canaletto was one of the first artists to paint imaginary architectural views or ‘impossible perspectives’, considered to be fledgling versions of current virtual reality.

AND Creative Director Luke W Moody says “We’re excited to collaborate with our partners to create a space of coming together to imagine, experiment and ask how can art change our perspectives on histories of seeing and imagining the world?”

Carole Hyde, Business Development Manager for Tatton Park said “we’re really looking forward to welcoming artists to Tatton Park and inspiring them with our beautiful landscape, stories and heritage”.

AND will host an open webinar on Friday 14th January 2022, where potential applicants can learn more about the opportunity and pose questions about the application process.

This exciting new collaboration takes inspiration from Tatton Park’s rich landscape, collection and connection to Canaletto. The Impossible Perspectives Lab will culminate in a series of proposals for new digital artworks experimenting with emerging technologies, such as augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies (XR). How can new technologies of seeing allow us to question landscapes, histories and architecture in the present? How can augmented realities challenge and excite public experiences of art collections? How can art change our perspectives on power, wealth and histories?


Artists, studios and collectives can apply now