As part of the London 2012 Festival, Charlotte and I were honoured to be at the launch of CORE when it was officially opened by artist Kurt Hentschläger, Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the London 2012 Festival and Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England.
Having been to the opening of CORE at Enginuity back in April, I don’t think I understood it’s true significance within the scope of the Cultural Olympiad. However, the launch with Kurt, Ruth and Alan really brought the message home.
This is huge for the UK and indeed Shropshire.
The art work itself is incredibly unique. It is a digital art exhibition which utilizes a whole new approach to art meeting the digital world. International artist Kurt Hentschilager works from a base in Chicago and started the process from pictures sent to him of the gorgeous Enguinity Engine Shop. Working with the measurements, Kurt set off to create a magical, memorizing digital piece.
Before you enter the exhibition, there is a small talk on the process as when you enter into the Engine Shop you’re immediately hit with complete darkness. Slowly, your eyes adjust to see a large screen with moving figures. Then you slowly start to hear the sounds that occupy the movement.
There are five screens essentially doing the same thing – however, never do the humanistic forms recreate themselves. The visual along with the audio sounds blend into a marriage to create art that is a privilege to watch.
I was thrilled to be able to interview artist Kurt Hentschläger, Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the London 2012 Festival and Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England. Please see VIP Launch of CORE Digital Art Exhibition which can be seen on Virtual Shropshire’s channel here.
CORE forms part of the London 2012 Festival where leading artists from all over the world will come together in the UK’s biggest ever nationwide festival. Over 1000 events will take place across the country with more than 10 million free opportunities for people to get involved through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation.This free entry exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 5pm until Sunday 30th September 2012 at the Engine Shop, Enginuity.
This exhibition is worth the trip to Ironbridge alone but it’s a great time to visit one of the ten museums within the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.
Photography by Sabine www.photographybysabine.com