"Scene | Unseen"
Benjamin Creek in collaboration with Matt Blair
Opening: Wednesday 16 October, 6-8pm
Dates: 16 October-2 November 2013
'Scene | Unseen' is a purpose-built interactive exhibition consisting of handheld projection devices, each with its own image feed which is anchored to QR coded coordinates located throughout the gallery. This allows the audience to navigate multiple series of images simultaneously within the same physical space. In effect the entire gallery is wrapped in images, a selection of which becomes visible when a coordinate is illuminated by the device. These images have been curated by three different artists, creating three exhibitions within one overlapping, physical space.
The images are only visible when the device is pointing at them, emphasising not only light’s capacity for revelation, but also its relationship with concealment. The device functions therefore as a digital flashlight, revealing unseen material through the casting of light. This reflects some of the limitations of vision which have been highlighted by the transition from the physical to the virtual. By creating an experience that allows the audience to navigate digital images in a way that resembles navigating physical space, the work engages our spatial memory in ways currently unrealised in conventional methods of looking. Scene | Unseen harnesses our obsession with the visual in an attempt to re-engage with questions of how we can explore our digital world physically.
Benjamin Creek is an interdisciplinary artist and designer who works across digital media and object-based practice to create multi-sensorial installation works. Combining multimedia art, industrial design and interaction design, Creek’s practice looks at the relationship between the digital archive and memory, with a particular engagement with tangible interaction of these digital records. His work explores theories around augmented reality and experience, offering the possibility of finding new ways to connect with our digital archives and our varied environmental contexts. Creek completed a Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) at RMIT University in 2011 and an exchange to Chiba University, Tokyo in 2010-11 where he was funded by the Japanese government to undertake study in the Master of Service Design program. He has held exhibitions at various galleries including Brighton Media Centre, UK, Melbourne Museum, Trocadero Art Space, Meyers Place Art Space and RMIT University. His website can be found at http://www.benjamincreek.com/.