At the TEC ART exhibition, during Rotterdam Art Week, you could once again explore the world of Web Spaces! I had my dual-screen interactive installation up and running, where webpages are transformed into 3D ‘buildings’ in real time. As well as 3D prints of worlds most valuable webpage’s, printed in precious metals.
Web Spaces – Parallel City
Dual-channel video projection
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!
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.
The result isn’t always successful…
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:
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)
Exhibition coming up at SIGN! My Web Spaces in relation to their physical surroundings and works of Nicholas Riis, Jelle Jongmans and Philippe R Wolthuis. Opening: Sunday November 26 at 16:00!