Slowness: an exhibition exploring storytelling, The Chinese Room & Site-Eye
February 6 @ 11:00 am - March 4 @ 5:00 pm
In an age of fibre-optic broadband, high processing gadgets and our ever-increasing appetite for fast disposal content and information, we are living in an age of speed. For our February 2018 exhibition, whose aim is to explore digital art and culture in conjunction with our second Digital Weekender, we present two bodies of digital art work whose process and construction is based on slowness and looking again.
The Chinese Room is an award-winning game development studio based in Brighton, best known for creating experimental first-person games such as Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and, most recently, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. They are currently working on their next game, So Let Us Melt and Total Dark (working title).
From The Chinese Room’s body of work, we will exhibit select printed stills and video trailers from their computer games for STEAM and Sony Playstation including Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. We will also provide the games to play on Playstation during the exhibition.
Site-Eye evolved out of the fine art video and photography practice of Brian McClave, coupled with the computer programming background of his brother Gareth McClave. The company has grown into the UK’s busiest commercial time-lapse filming company.
Of the many Site-Eye collaborative projects, we will present approximately 18 of the 24 photographs from the Overshadowed project. Overshadowed was created during the last solar eclipse in the United States and involved 18 volunteer photographers making digital slow scan photographs in each of the states where the eclipse passed.
We will also show 6 slow-scan photographs from Site-Eye’s earlier body of work.
Site-Eye documents many of the landmark buildings and engineering projects being built throughout the UK and overseas and produces extreme high-speed footage for television and media companies, as well as developing experimental art projects. Many of these projects have pioneered new, experimental filming and photography techniques, and often produce imagery that offers a completely new way of looking at a particular subject.
The exhibition will also include screening of Flicker + Pulse (2016, 60 mins) a striking and poignant portrayal of time passing in a beautiful English walled garden near Lewes, featured last year on BBC4. Using real-time and time-lapse footage, the film explores the relationship between the seasons and the plants and people who work within the walls of the garden.
Collaboration, creativity and experimentation are at the heart of Chinese Room and Site-Eye initiated projects. They present a new way of approaching art and commercial sectors, an alternative way of working for artists of all backgrounds and disciplines.
Exhibition runs Tues 6 Feb – Sun 4 March 2018
Digital Weekender Fri 9, Sat 10 & Sun 11 February
Artist Talk with Brian McClave (Site Eye): Thurs 15 Feb, 6-8pm at DC1
Tickets £5, free to DC members
Artist Talk with Dan Pinchbeck and Jessica Curry (The Chinese Room), date TBC
Tickets £5, free to DC members
DC1 Café & Gallery
Part of DC Threshold Programme
Funded by Arts Council England and Devonshire West Big Local