What happens to a New Media Artwork when the technology used to run it ceases to exist? Is it possible to create an Authentic Virtual version of such an ephemeral artwork?
I was approached by Adam Lockhart, the Archivist from the REWIND Artists Video Collection at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design to recreate a work by David Hall in a virtual gallery space. The three works that we considered recreating were – TV Interruptions (the Installation); The Situation Envisaged and A Situation Envisaged: The Rite II (Cultural Eclipse).
Using the HTC Vive a 1:1 virtual exhibition space can be created, allowing the viewer/participant to move around the Virtual Gallery space. Despite being film works, David Hall gave very detailed instructions of how these works should be exhibited in a gallery setting. It was always intended that the viewer/participant should move around in relation to the screens.
The public will be able to immerse themselves in one of these artworks as part of the Group Exhibition: Media Archaeology at the NEoN Festival, Dundee between the 7th and 12th of November 2017.
Documentation Video from NEoN Festival 2017