On the Precipice The Big M Tour
On the Precipice will explore our relationship to contemporary landscape and the affect humans have had on the natural environment through large-scale moving image artwork.
The programme will feature new and existing artworks by internationally renowned digital artists;Kelly Richardson(Canada/UK),Gordon Cheung(UK),Alexandra Crouwers(Belgium),Jenn E Norton(Canada),Jillian Mcdonald(Canada/USA),Emily Richardson(UK) andBrigitte Zieger(Germany/France).
On the Precipice will examine the role human history has played in the development and possible decline of our global environment. The programme will immerse audiences in both hauntingly beautiful scenes, imagined new worlds and post-apocalyptic endings, we are asked to consider our affect on the world and what it could mean for our many possible futures. Our environmental, social, economic, cultural and political stabilities have undertaken an enormous shift and are ever-changing around the world and in our cities. We are on the precipice of enormous unprecedented change, but what transformations await us?
On the Precipice was curated during anISIS Arts research residencyby north east based digital artist, Kelly Richardson.
On the Precipice will tour inThe Big M, an inflatable mobile exhibition venue and cinema that can travel almost anywhere to show video and digital work, reaching places that might not otherwise experience contemporary digital artworks.
Fri 17 - Sat 18 May7pm - 11pm
Fri 7 June3pm - 5pm- Sat 8 June11am - 5pm
Saltwell Park, Gateshead
Sat 15 - Sun 16 June11am - 5pm
The Links, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside
Wed 31 July - Thurs 1 August
mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough
Sat 14 - Sun 15 September
Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, Ashington
Fri 27 - Sat 28th September
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick upon Tweed
The programme will be suitable for all ages but will be specifically aimed at engaging more young people from the touring areas with exciting international artworks, innovative digital technologies and examining their relationship to the environment.
The tour is part ofThe Festival of the North Eastprogramme.
The programme will also include workshops and labs run byCulture Lab, a digital research facility based in Newcastle University. Culture Lab will explore cutting age interactive technologies using The Big M as a virtual playground. Further workshops for young people about film and digital technologies will run in each location.
On the Precipice - The Big M Tour is kindly supported Culture Lab at Newcastle University and funded by Arts Council England’s National Strategic Touring Programme.