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UK premiere of Submergence in Bristol

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We are delighted to be showing Submergence again soon, and on home territory.

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The piece is FREE to visit, and open from Friday 13th September until Saturday 12th October It is a two minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads Station, just across the pedestrian bridge from the excellent Creative Common. BS2 0DW will apparently GPS you there. Opening times are 12.00-14.00 and 17.00-21.00 Monday – Friday, and all day at weekends (12.00-21.00).

This, from the press release:

Visitors will experience a virtual world, where pixels on a screen are replaced by thousands of points of light floating in space. Created by award-winning digital artists Squidsoup, Submergence has never been seen before in the UK. With two successful international showings at the Geneva Mapping Festival and in Oslo, the remarkable creation is finally ready to land back in Bristol, for its UK premiere.

This breath-taking installation is designed to be experienced from inside a large black cube (8 metres x 4 metres). Once inside you can walk freely around, creating a three-dimensional immersive experience: you are completely surrounded by light, sound and movement. The installation takes around 20 minutes to unfold, as the lights gradually increase in intensity.

You can find Submergence in The Eye, beautifully placed overlooking the water on Glass Wharf, just over the bridge from the lively Creative Common and Temple Meads Station.

Submergence is part of a series of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions, coordinated by Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre and MAYK, with support from Bristol City Council and Arts Council England. They will pop up, excite and re-invent perceptions and potentials.

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A whole bunch of pictures HERE on the setup and background workings of the project. We’ve also been posting a few bits and bibs on Instagram.

 

Core77 Design Awards Notable Honoree

Hey – we’ve just been told that our Submergence project has been awarded as a ‘Professional Notable Honoree’ in this year’s CORE77 Design Awards, in the Interiors and Exhibitions category. Thanks for the recognition folks!

The quirky announcement is online here – go ten minutes in for our moment in the spotlight…

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Mapping Festival – Submergence in Geneva

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The Re-emergence of Submergence….

Fun was had installing the not inconsiderable infrastructure for Submergence at Mapping Festival in Geneva – it involved lifting 800kg of false ceiling and electronics 3m into the air. Scroll down for the stop-motion video. The launch was great fun and busy – pics below, video coming soon.

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We had great support from the festival, and also spent time with the other installation artists – Sougwen Chung, Nonotak, Sembilan Matahari and Weng Nam Yap. Mapping Festival runs until 12 May – definitely worth a visit.

More images HERE

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Submergence articles and videos (updated 11 April 2013)

Video showing the four sections of Submergence, as seen in Oslo recently: “Lanterns”, “Divided Space”, “Swarm” and “Ecstatic”. The piece unfolds over around 20 minutes, gradually increasing in intensity to the climactic ‘Ecstatic’. Three of the four sections are interactive, though perhaps responsive is a more accurate term as the interactions are primarily ambient and based on movement within the space. The piece is meant to be seen from inside (people can walk freely inside the LEDs) or outside, creating an immersive experience as you are completely surrounded by the lights and the movement.

There is also a short video of the setup procedure, showing the install process and giving an idea of how the piece is configured behind the scenes.

 

Also, there’s a detailed interview about our work by CREATIVE APPLICATIONS NETWORK HERE.

 

As a contrast to the immersive full experience of Submergence, The Royal Society of New Zealand really wanted a striking lamp to act as a focus for the atrium of their new HQ in Wellington. Though physically very similar to Submergence, the location (several meters up in the air) and the calmer movement of the volumetric visuals we used, gave the end result a very different feel and atmosphere.

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And finally, Submergence is the cover feature of Issue 2 of INSTALLATION MAGAZINE, a new digital-only magazine on contemporary art for fruit-branded pervasive technology. The magazine is available HERE.

Is this our pinky-purple period?

Submergence and Oslo LUX – updated 18 Feb

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Submergence saw its premiere at Oslo’s ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur gallery, and ran from January 17th to Sunday 17th February. The piece received five times the visitors expected at such shows in its four week run. The exhibition received coverage from Norwegian TV station NRK (go in at 3’45”) and Discovery Channel Canada, from Gizmodo, Creators Project, ThisIsColossal, notcot and loads of others – thanks all!

We also have an interview in FastCoDesign – good to get a bit of depth…

The video has been watched some 75,000 times and there have been queues forming outside the gallery.

The gallery was also the venue for the post-symposium event for Oslo LUX. Some 200+ people descended on the gallery which, for the evening only, also showed Semiconductor‘s excellent Heliocentric, and new pieces by Pretty Concrete and One Stunt A Month.

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Submergence – sneak peak

EXHIBITION LAUNCH AT 1900, GALLERI ROM, MARIDALSVEIEN 3, OSLO!!

The video is a sneak peak at Submergence, Squidsoup’s new project on show at Galleri ROM, Oslo, Norway, January 17 – February 17 2013

Submergence explores immersion and interaction within volumetric light based visuals created through 8,064 individual points of light.

Submergenceis a Squidsoup project by Anthony Rowe, Gaz Bushell, Chris Bennewith, Liam Birtles and Ollie Bown

Submergence – launch at ROM

Submergence transforms the ROM gallery space into a Mixed Reality environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. The result is an immersive walkthrough experience that uses light to alter our perceptions of space and presence.

Imagine walking through a virtual world, where pixels on a screen are replaced by thousands of points of light floating in space. These points of light create environments, atmospheres and movement in physical space. This is Submergence, a new project by digital arts collective Squidsoup. 8,064 points of light suspended in a physical walkthrough space measuring 8m x 4m and 4m high.

Submergence is the culmination of a five year research project exploring interactive media experiences that occupy physical space. It will be on show at ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur, Oslo, Norway, from 17 January to 17 February 2013.

The Submergence exhibition will also feature in Oslo LUX 2013, a one day conference and event taking place in Oslo on 7th February 2013.

Submergence // A Squidsoup by Anthony Rowe, Gaz Bushell, Chris Bennewith, Liam Birtles and Ollie Bown

ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur Maridalsveien 3 N-0178 Oslo Norway

January 17 – February 17 2012

Supported by Arts Council of Norway / Norsk Kulturråd // www.kulturrad.no ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur // www.r-o-m.no Oslo School of Architecture and Design //  www.aho.no Oslo Lux // www.oslolux.no

Pest Control 2 – Infestation – video documentation (finally)

“We have received disturbing reports of an outbreak of beetles, spiders and centipedes at Phoenix Square, an otherwise wonderful cinema, café and media centre in Leicester. Digital artists Squidsoup have been on-site trying to contain the infestation but they may need your help…”

Documentation of an interactive installation primarily aimed at children by digital arts group Squidsoup squidsoup.org – commissioned by, and first shown in April/May 2012 at, DMU Cube, Phoenix Square, Leicester.

The project builds on a series of related research and projects that place responsive and vaguely aware digital creatures in physical space, exploring the boundaries and relationships between digital and physical environments. Related projects include Glowing Pathfinder Bugs (2008, updated 2011), Pest Control (2010) and Living Timelines (2012). Pest Control II : Infestation uses ceiling mounted Kinect sensors (Microsoft X-Box game controllers) to detect movement and interactions in 3D within the gallery space. Creatures respond to physical presence in different ways – some insects are wary of people, others far more inquisitive…

Volume 4,096 at Royal Society, New Zealand

 

Volume 4,096, a new permanent exhibit by digital arts group Squidsoup, is now on permanent display at the Royal Society New Zealand. The piece is suspended 6m above visitors in the main foyer of RSNZ’s beautiful new Headquarters, and can be seen from three floors within the building, and also outside. There is no escape!

The piece has two modes – day and night. Daytime mode consists of slow moving spheres, reminiscent of the flows of a lava-lamp, designed to complement but not overpower what is a working environment rather than an art gallery. The place turns into more of a gallery space at night, when exuberant multicolour explosions fill the atrium in volumetric splendour. Seen from outside, it is clear there is a fireworks display going on indoors.

Squidsoup have many years experience at building visual installations using three dimensional grids of lights like this to create truly three dimensional visual experiences that occupy physical space, but Volume 4,096 is the first exhibit to use a new hardware system, Ocean of Light 2.

The system is scalable and can be configured in highly flexible configurations. The system is also weather-proof and tough enough to be used within reach of the public and in permanent architectural installations. More details at OceanOfLight.net

High resolution images here.

Photos courtesy Shaun Waugh.

Ocean of Light 2 trials in New Zealand

We are currently running trials on the redesigned Ocean of Light II hardware rig; this one has 4,096 LED balls within a 3m cube, commissioned by the Royal Society, New Zealand. The work will soon be suspended 6m in the air in the atrium of the new RSNZ headquarters here in Wellington, but is currently running offsite at Massey University for tests and experiments.

We ran the first few volumetric tests to assess the effectiveness of the rig. Not sure if it’s the delirium of jetlag or whether the new hardware truly is vastly superior, but the effect is highly mesmerising, and the volumetric qualities significantly clearer than before.

The rig’s bigger sister will also be shown in January in Oslo. Further details on the Ocean of Light project at oceanoflight.net