London fills up an empty Space

Feb 24th, 2012 | By | Category: London News

Digital art is a medium that is hard to pin down. Essentially it is art that is produced via a digital technology, as the name would suggest, but it encompasses everything from graphic design, to fine art, to interactive art and covers most art which is done on or with a computer. It has become something of a buzzword for galleries recently, who see interactive installations as the way forward, and who want to open up a dialogue with tech savvy youths. The National Gallery was the first to make its collection available on a downloadable iPhone app and many art museums have followed suit. Artist David Hockney has also used the most up to date technology to shake up his style, by exhibiting his colourful iPad drawings at The Royal Academy of Art.


But digital art goes far beyond iPads and iPhones, and its flexibility and potential makes it a very exciting medium, from online art galleries, from the Science Gallery’s voyeuristic installation The Listening Post, which processes a huge amount of information pulled from chat rooms and Youtube commenters alike to give a snapshot of the digital realm, to projects where lie-detector tests are pitted against robotic voices to test their validity, digital art isn’t bound to a specific gallery and can be produced inexpensively if you have a good knowledge of computer programming or the world-wide web. It is this sense of possibility, which makes The Art Council’s new project so fascinating. The Space is a multi-media platform, which has commissioned 53 digital art projects from organisations throughout the UK, which will be streamed and broadcast on phones, tablets, computers and interactive TVs as they take place. Some big names are involved, including The Globe Theatre, which will showcase all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, each performed by a different international theatre group; The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, which will recreate the legendary DJ’s home and make an interactive museum; The Tate Gallery, which will create a video postcard wall; and the BBC, who will help to select and mentor projects. With £3.5 million in funding behind the project and an audience that could spread over the world, it’s a fantastic way to put British art and creativity on the map and a great way to expand upon the artistic mediums of the future.


If you would like to visit some of the centres and find out more information about the project, there are lots of centrally located hotels from which to explore. The Globe is close to The Bridge Hotel, which offers very tasteful rooms for reasonable rates, and its location makes for easy exploration of both the South Bank and the West End. The Tate is one of Britain’s best-loved galleries, and if you would like to cast your eye over some Old Masters, The Sanctuary House Hotel offers comfortable rooms and all the amenities you could need, just five minutes walk away from the gallery, in a safe a secure part of London. If you want to take a tour of the BBC studios, but don’t want to splash out too much on a hotel, Shepherd’s Bush offers some great budget hotels, including The Dalmacia, a clean and convenient place to rest your head in this lively west London spot.

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