In the Dark

A group show in January with London Group members and friends including the Computer Arts Society and Lumen Prize.

As the UK whirls into the vortex, The London Group plunges into the darkness of a blacked out Cello Factory in its latest experimental show : 

In the Dark

The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8TJ
January 17th, 18th, 19th 2-6pm
PV Thursday 17th 6-8pm with three performance artists; Birgitta Hosea, Fay Burnett & Fanny Cox.

Curated by Genetic Moo, this show combines the members’ work with friends from the Computer Arts Society and Lumen Prize. The one stipulation for the artworks in the show is that they generate their own light (for example using projection) or can be illuminated by other works (ie projected onto). This simple rule alone has meant the works are interlinked in ways not seen before turning the whole group exhibition into an installation of sorts, filling all surfaces of the unique space including the ceiling. Collaborations and works spilling over onto other works are welcomed.

CONSEQUENCE video loop by Angela Eames

Both the Computer Arts Society and Lumen Prize organisations include digital art experts whose pixels and data naturally lend themselves to projection and collaboration. Some works have been specifically designed as collaborative. Light boxes by Sean Clark consists of Raspberry Pi’s and flat screen monitors embedded in a light box. Each of the three boxes by Clark, Ernest Edmonds and Genetic Moo periodically send and receive signals to each other through local wifi, using the incoming data to adapt their own visual configurations. The system is designed to be expandable with three more artists due to join the network in future shows. This piece and others by Clark and Edmonds expand upon their conversations going back decades about simple connected art, where the artwork emerges from a system rather than directly from the artist.

Elsewhere other artists have collaborated in an Exquisite Corpse video mash-up which involves 5 artists adding to and editing short sequences of each others’ work. This idea was introduced by Bryan Benge and is an ongoing work. As any edit can radically alter the nature of the film we are yet to see how it will turn out.

Mimicry (video detail) by Ziwei Wu

Lumen Prize will be showcasing films on the theme of Worlds We Make by a selection of their artists and have commissioned their 2018 winning student artist Ziwei Wu to make a new furry installation in the upstairs room. This should be a fluffy antidote to the darkness below.

Forensic photo CS-4322 by Eric Fong

Several works touch on the idea of death or decay, in particular Angela Eames‘ dying planets, Eric Fong‘s forensic photographs, and Amanda Loomes‘ Memento Mori for a TV whose fractured surface forms the poster for the show. Clive Burton is offering the audience the chance to blindfold themselves or is the suspended black cloche more sinister? Do these grim pieces reflect the current mood or are they natural responses to the call In the Dark? Several circular / vorticist pieces projected up onto the Cello Factory’s ceiling with a firmament of digital glow flies by Genetic Moo and Twitter storms by Sandra Crisp will create a dynamic and apocalyptical top half to the show. End of days indeed.

The show is on for 3 days only, with a performance led PV night, followed by a day of workshops, talks and music.

Workshops

Generative animation by Genetic Moo and Kent schoolkids.

On Friday 18th from 2-4pm there are creative coding workshops delivered by Nicola and Tim from Genetic Moo. These are free to attend and we can take up to about 20 people, all equipment provided or bring your own laptops. Together we will learn how to program dynamic animations in the Processing language. These will be combined into a large scale generative animation which will be projected into the Cello Factory after the workshops. This is a great opportunity for complete beginners to learn how to make art using computers. 

To book a place on the workshops email – timpickup@outlook.com

Talks

Also on Friday the 18th from 4-6pm there will be short talks by Nick Lambert and Sean Clark from the Computer Arts Society, and Jack Addis from the Lumen Prize. London Group members Sandra Crisp and Genetic Moo will also talk about their practices. The talks will be a chance to hear about the activities of these three very different groups.

Music

After the talks there will be light refreshments and there will be live music by audiomaps and you can hear their audio here.

Full list of artists involved :

The London Group : Genetic Moo, Susan Haire, Suzan Swale, Tommy Seaward, Cadi Froehlich, Jockel Liess, Paul Tecklenberg, Clive Burton, Angela Eames, Almuth Tebbenhof, Bryan Benge, Stephen Carley, Sandra Crisp, Erika Winstone, Ian Parker, Amanda Loomes, Eric Fong, David Theobald

Computer Arts Society : Nick Lambert, Paul Brown, Sean Clark, Ernest Edmonds, boredomresearch, Andy Lomas, Esther Rollinson.

Lumen Prize : Ziwei Wu + Matteo Zamagni, Grayson Cooke, boredomresearch, Mike Pelletier, Francois-Xavier de Costerd, Universal Everything.

Performers : Fay Burnett, Birgitta Hosea & Fanny Cox

Worlds We Make 

In the Dark includes a curated showreel by Lumen Prize. From manipulating landscapes for industry, to changing the nature of the food we eat, Lumen Projects presents a curated selection of Artists Short Films that ask you to re-evaluate our environment and its future. Lumen Art Projects celebrates the very best art created with technology through a global competition, exhibitions and seminars. Lumen is dedicated to creating opportunities for its artists by engaging with communities, art venues and academic institutions globally.

Grayson Cooke film still

The 40 minute showreel will include films by Matteo Zamagni, Grayson Cooke, Boredom Research, Mike Pelletier, Francois-Xavier de Costerd and Universal Everything.