Web Spaces – Parallel City Dual-channel video projection Duration: 7m48s Site specific (no pun intended) work for the Re-structions exhibition at SIGN, Groningen.
In my interactive installation of Web Spaces, which was also exhibited during Re-structions, you visit one isolated Web Space at a time. These are mostly Web Spaces from internationally well known websites. The Web Space is surrounded by darkness.But as you may already know, the Web Spaces project is exploring the relation between the physical and digital world. At Re-structions I’ve taken the next step in blurring the line between these worlds. Instead of taking the most popular websites to transform into a Web Space, I’ve taken the websites from businesses in the same neighbourhood as the gallery (according to Google Maps). Imagine you’re visiting this exhibition at SIGN, Groningen. Before entering the gallery you’ve just been walking along the canal, through the streets and you’ve been looking at the buildings in the neighbourhood. Upon entering the gallery you see the same buildings projected onto a wall (left). On the right wall however, you see a world normally invisible when walking through a city.What I’ve done here is the following: I’ve transformed the architecture of websites from local businesses into 3D models. I’ve loaded those models into Google Earth. This is what you see on the right wall. Next I made a tour around these virtual buildings, based on the interesting angles of these Web Spaces. Then I synchronised these camera movements to the ‘real world’. Google Earth holds a 3D representation of this neighbourhood and I can explore Groningen in 3D, a bit like a game world but based on satellite images from earth. So what you see on the left wall (‘real world’), is determined by what I wanted to look at on the right wall (world of Web Spaces). It’s both the same tour. The idea for this combination came after participating in the Materialising the Internet exhibition, where Clement Valla was showing his work based on Google Earth. In this work, my world of Web Spaces has come a step closer to the real world. It holds a strong relation to the immediate physical surroundings of the viewer. And by using the digital representation of the real world from Google Earth, the real world is a step closer to the world of Web Spaces. These worlds are fusing more and more… Also now there’s the opportunity to (realistically) invite the owners of the website to come and look at the results!
Web Space – Wikipedia.com (22-8-2016) 8 x 15 x 11 cm 3D printed PLA electroplated with copper, corrosion
Already from the start, during the Graduation Show, and at the Young Sprouts exhibition, art collectors expressed interest in acquiring the Web Space of Wikipedia. I’m proud to announce that since last month it has joined many other artworks in the very diverse collection of Mr. Verberg!
On December 16th I performed on a boat during Winterwelvaart festival in Groningen together with three singer-songwriters.
I was exited to be invited to play one of my songs with a string orchestra (JOG). Charles Belfor, a composer & cellist, made an arrangement for a string orchestra from one of my songs Rainforest Light. I was a bit nervous at first, because musically I’m not so well trained to be able to lead or guide an orchestra ;-). But luckily this wasn’t my job for this collaboration. Charles told me he was going to arrange everything, and I could let myself be surprised by the result. Which was really nice, I was curious what he would make from it. And when I got together with the orchestra, I noticed it turned out beautifully.
Still interested in body and movement. Longing for more precision: gloves in combination with Kinect? It’s always a search for a balance between freedom and restriction. What is authentic? Pre-recorded samples?
Wow, I forgot to mention in my previous post that MU has given me the opportunity to create two new Web Spaces in solid metal: Google.com and YouTube.com. Especially for the Materialising the Internet exhibition! They weigh about 1KG each and are printed with steel powder infused with bronze. The weight really adds to the experience of holding and touching the objects. What a shame they’re behind plexiglas! Haha.
It’s always a challenge to create Web Spaces – 3D printed Web Pages. The architecture of web pages isn’t meant to exist in the physical world. So when materialising these complex structures, physics (like gravity) starts to play a role! Therefore the materials and techniques used to produce Web Spaces must be carefully chosen. I’ve been experimenting with lots of different techniques (most of them involving 3D printing) for one and a half year now, to get these Web Spaces materialised perfectly.
I’m really proud to have been part of the exhibition Materialising the Internet curated by Nadine Roestenburg & Angelique Spaninks at MU artspace in Eindhoven. From October 6 to November 12 and during the Dutch Design Week my work was displayed in a darkened room. A spotlight made my 3D printed Web Spaces in precious metal shine, and the huge cinema projector made it seem as if you could really enter the world of Web Spaces.
In the video above some of the artists talk about their fascination with the internet, digital spirituality and digital materiality. It gives a good impression of the exhibition. Down below you can read what We make money not art wrote about my work in the show:
Because lately I feel overwhelmed by the media and all the (technological) possibilities of today, I wanted to go back to the essence for me: music. Before the feedback session I was wondering what to show: music, and what more? What can I add? But then I realised: why join into overstimulating people if I don’t believe in that? While I think that nowadays we need more moments of peace and quiet? Aren’t we constantly overthinking and overanalysing?
I was honoured when Marc Bijl invited me to perform in the midst of his exhibition “Zeitgeist” during Amsterdam Art Weekend in Upstream Gallery. His exhibition was all about the contemporary media landscape and its political diffusion. In his opinion today’s information overload in the media causes everything to be vague and blurry. Not only can I really relate to this theme, my music has the same kind of ambience, so my performance and this exhibition seemed a good fit:
During her performance on the 25th of November in Upstream Gallery during Amsterdam Art Weekend, her music will be about the contemporary abundance of information in the media, and about her personal experience with its effects. With synthesizer sounds, deep bass, beats, reverberating vocals and nature sounds, she creates an ambient, dreamy and spiritual atmosphere. By looping and distorting her voice, she gives expression to overflows, ambiguity and increasing indistinctions. (Upstream Gallery: http://www.upstreamgallery.nl/news/367/performance-by-kayleigh-beard-during-amsterdam-art-weekend)
In order to get my research structured, I wrote a paper in a way I got used to during my former university degree at the VU in Amsterdam. In this article I describe the theoretical background and practical development of my interactive music systems that attempt to embrace intuition, body and movement in musical practice and experience.
On November 8th 2017 I performed a set of half an hour at Grand Theatre, as part of Sounds of Music festival. First I started with Iets Paars with Desta Matla, then I continued with my own music.
However, afterwards I had a bad feeling about this performance for many reasons. It all started being ill. I caught the flu two days before the performance and my voice suffered from it as well. And I started worrying a lot about it. So I didn’t only feel sick, I was also super stressed out, which really didn’t help. Also on the day of the performance I felt like lying in bed. But I wanted to do the performance anyway, so with this ill and stressed out vibe I started setting up. What then happened in short: I communicated badly with the organisation of the festival, I forgot many things, made bad decisions and carried a negative energy with me. And because of all this, I didn’t even feel like performing. And I think this was audible in my music (together with my weak sick voice).