18.12.12

Evariste - French Freakbeat



This video is a brilliantly accidental discovery and is pretty out-there in the scale of things. The French freak-beat artist Evariste throws himself around with movements that can only transfix, in time to his hallucinating experimental music. A performance one can only admire and appears to be delivered on impulse.

Whitby - North Yorkshire











Notting Hill Carnival, Colour Sensational - London







19.11.12

A Celebration of Precipitation - Random International's "Rain Room" at the Barbican Centre - London

Random International: Rain Room
4th November 2012 - 3rd March 2013
The Curve, Barbican, London

  

The Curve Gallery at the Barbican Centre currently plays host to Random International’s monumental installation “Rain Room”. In a very literal sense, the exhibition is exactly that: a Room of Rain, a 100 square metre area of continuously falling water. The natural element we are so familiar with is subverted into an audience dictated digital spectacle whereby you are invited to control the rain.

Entering The Curve, you are plunged into darkness, and your senses erupt. Before the presentation of "artifical" rain becomes apparent, the sound can be heard instantly; this, accompanied by a distant wavering light, guides you in the direction of this magical indoor display which goes against all logic.  

The sound of the rain is relaxing in itself, yet the idea that physical nature occurring on its own terms within a controlled space is far beyond human understanding, it leaves you lingering in a sort of limbo, considering what is real and what is not. Pursuing this crescendo of noise eventually unites you with a mammoth choreographed downpour, leaving you faced with what feels like the result of a shamanistic ritual.

How unnatural it feels to experience a downpour indoors. The success of this alone is spectacular. This experimental artwork comes alive through audience interaction and as the field of rain pours onto a raised platform, a stage for the viewer’s experience is created. Yet, you are given the choice whether to forcibly engage with the piece or observe and move around the barrier of water droplets. The allure is that you must put your trust into Random Internationals’ innovative creation in order to be entirely in control.

In keeping with their distinctive approach to digital contemporary art, tracking cameras, sensors and custom software are all used by Random International as the means to allow the audience to enter, walk around and leave without getting thoroughly drenched. The showers immediately cease wherever a person chooses to walk. Tentatively I walked through with my head bowed ready to take full responsibility for my actions whilst children defiantly chased around through the rain, determined to get wet and taunt technology.


1.11.12

A Well Known Saying in Reverse - York College

A WELL KNOWN SAYING IN REVERSE
Curated by Rebecca Clark, Kyle Galloway and Oscar Gaynor
October 6th -November 1st 2012
York College













15.6.12

The Forbidden Corner - North Yorkshire


The Forbidden Corner runs with the tagline "The Strangest Place in the World" - an unusual selling point, but one that lives up to expectations. Originally built in 1979 as a private folly, the idea for this curious adventure playground came to fruition ten years later, officially opening to the public in 1994. Situated in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, it's not the easiest place to get to and is pretty much isolated within the Tupgill Park Estate, but the location actually works wonders for its weirdness. Upon entering through the (very literal) Face Tower, be prepared to adventure through labyrinthine tunnels leading to nowhere, follies decorated with offbeat statues and the slightly unnerving subterranean Temple of the Underworld, somewhat reminiscent of Dante's Inferno. With it's peculiar, mystical charm and the thrill of constant surprise, it's a little capricious microcosm in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. 







Tupgill Park Estate, Leyburn, North Yorkshire | March-October | Mon-Sat 12:00-18:00 | Sundays and Bank Holidays 10:00-18:00 | Adults £11.50, Children aged 4-15 £9.50 www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk |