On the Precipice, The Big M Tour

On the Precipice, The Big M Tour

On the Precipice is a stunning programme of immersive film installations curated by digital artist Kelly Richardson and produced by ISIS Arts. On the Precipiceis exhibited in The Big M, an inflatable mobile exhibition venue that can travel almost anywhere to reach people that might not otherwise experience contemporary digital artworks.


On the Precipiceis a 3 screen installation that explores our relationship to contemporary landscape and the affect humans have had on the natural environment through large-scale moving image artwork.


The programme features new and existing artworks all specifically adapted for exhibition in The Big M by internationally renowned digital artists; Kelly Richardson(Canada/UK), Gordon Cheung (UK), Alexandra Crouwers (The Netherlands/Belgium), Jenn E Norton (Canada), Jillian Mcdonald (Canada/USA), Emily Richardson(UK) and Brigitte Zieger (Germany/France).


On the Precipice toured the North-East of England throughout 2013 in The Big M, the tour attracted over 5,800 visitors to The Big M which toured to the Toffee Factory as part of The Late Shows(Newcastle upon Tyne), Saltwell Park (Gateshead), Whitley Bay (North Tyneside), mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Middlesbrough), Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives (Ashington) and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (Berwick upon Tweed).


The tour included a series of artist talks with Kelly Richardson, Brigitte Zieger and Alexandra Crouwers, a specially designed augmented reality APP and encompassed a pilot project researching new methods of measuring audience experience through digital fabrication - with Bettina Nissen, Culture Lab and The Creative Exchange.


To find out more about the APP please click here. To find out more about the Bettina's audience experience research please click here.




Kelly Richardson, The Erudition, 2010,3 screen, HD video with sound, 4 minute excerpt

Supported by Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Courtesy of the artist and Birch Libralato, Toronto

Photo credit: Colin Davison



On the Precipice Engagement Programme


Schools & Youth Group Workshops:


The tour included a series of digital art workshops for young people at each touring location. We worked with over 400 participantsfrom various schools and youth groups from across the North East who participated in day-long and week-long workshops to make their own digital artworks inspired by On the Precipice, exploring the environmental themes of the programme and experimenting with the technologies used to create it.


The workshop programme has culminated in The Deep End,an exhibition of the young people's work produced during the tour. The exhibition will run from 12th October 2013 - 12th January 2014 in the Northern Rock Gallery at Woodhorn Museum (Ashington).


The exhibition features a selection of the digital artworks created by the various participating schools and youth groups including; Northumberland College (Ashington), Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy (Gateshead), Cedars Academy (Gateshead), Lingley House Primary School (Gateshead), St. Joseph's Catholic Junior School (Birtley), St. Thomas More R.C. High School (North Shields), VODA Volunteering Centre (North Tyneside), mima Dreamers (Middlesbrough), I Wonder Why? (Middlesbrough), Berwick Academy (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Duchess's Community High School (Alnwick), Berwick Youth Project (Berwick-upon-Tweed) and Longridge Towers School (Berwick-upon-Tweed).


To find out more about The Deep End, please click here.



Living Labs with Culture Lab:


As part of the tour we also delivered 2 Living Labs in The Big M in partnership with Culture Lab (Newcastle University). Visualising the Future: Crafting Visualisations of the World to Comewas based at Toffee Factory (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Project ICE: Isolated, Confined, Extreme Environments - a design fiction workshop was based at The Civic Centre (Newcastle upon Tyne) during the British Science Festival.


The Living Lab workshops explored alternative models of collaborative working and explored the relationship between visions of the future and technological change in a society of endemic innovation. The goal was to develop new opportunities to engage audiences not just in creative practice, but also in the critical discourse around innovation and increasingly technological future.


The participants included researchers, students and creative practitioners from different disciplines and backgrounds with an interest in design, future and innovation studies, environmental sciences, medicine, science fiction, art+science and emerging technologies.


The Living Labs were developed and faciliated by Gabriella Arrigona and the outcomes will form part of her doctoral thesis at Culture Lab.


To find our more about the Living Labs please click here.



On the Precipice was developed during an ISIS Arts research residency by north-east based digital artist, Kelly Richardson.


On the Precipice - The Big M Tour was kindly supported Culture Lab at Newcastle University and funded by Arts Council England’s National Strategic Touring Programme.


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