Internationally-recognised French arts collective, Lab212’s new immersive exhibition, Nebula, runs at Barrow’s Signal Film and Media until November 3
AS PART of its Platform digital arts programme, Signal Film welcomes internationally-recognised French arts collective, Lab212, to Barrow for its brand new immersive exhibition, Nebula.
The commission is exhibited at the film and media organisation’s Cooke’s Studios on Abbey Road, and marks only the second time Lab 212 have shown work in the north of England, following its Lumen Prize-winning exhibition at Leeds Digital Festival back in 2016.
Characterised by their playful, sensory and immersive approach to digital art, the collective’s artists draw on the worlds of science, music and videogaming to inspire their work. Over the past ten years they have exhibited all over the world, from Tokyo to New York, and have won several international awards, including from the Sundance Film Festival.
The installation will take the Platform curatorial theme of Under the Same Sky to consider connections and interactions from the smallest to the most global scale, bringing into question how all things connect and interact with each other. The idea first grew while spending time in Barrow and observing how the formation of the landscape has over time evolved through its industry, such as excavation through mining, which in turn influences its ecology and people. The observation led them to draw parallels with the connections and interactions which exist in both machines and living things.
The installation will allow visitors to wander through millions of tiny particles, using fans and motion sensors to keep the artwork ever-changing. It will focus on giving each person a feeling and a sensation, taking a holistic view of how small scale and large scale connections continuously change and evolve, as well as how we as individuals impact them, sometimes in unconscious ways. Bringing together science and technology through art, the commission will immerse you in a quietly changing landscape, where your own interactions will influence how the piece evolves.
The show is open Wednesday-Saturday until November 3.