Tragedy explored through projection based art exhibit
20 August 2012
British artist Isaac Julien has created a video based installation that uses projection technology to explore contemporary Chinese identity and its links with ancient mythology. This work was most recently shown at the Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art where UK integrator ArtAV handled the AV installation challenges.
In 2004 a group of Chinese workers collecting cockles at Morecambe Bay, on the north-west coast of England, were caught by an incoming tide. Most of the party was drowned. The events of that day sparked many questions regarding health and safety policy, protection of migrant workers and the treatment of illegal immigrants in the UK.
And now the Morecambe Bay tragedy, as it came to be known, has become the inspiration for a multimedia art installation by British artist, Isaac Julien. His work, titled Ten Thousand Waves, was most recently on show at the Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo where it was part of a wider exhibition called Unfinished Journeys.
The film, inspired by these tragic and controversial events at Morecambe Bay, explores Chinese identity through three different narratives set in different times in Chinese history. Julien uses the simultaneous projection of multiple AV content streams to allow these narratives to weave in and out of each other.
To learn how UK integrator, ArtAV designed an AV system for the installation based on nine projectiondesign F32 DLP projectors read Art projects tragedy in InAVate Active
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Symetrix Jupiter DSPs
Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studio Players, HD Link Pro units
Harkness Screens projection screens
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Projectiondesign F32 projectors
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