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Values for a New Age

Hollington, Simon and Kyprianou, Kypros (2002) Values for a New Age. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Hollington, Simon and Kyprianou, Kypros

The installation ‘Values For a New Age’, produced for the exhibition ‘Con Art’, explores the investigation of observable phenomena by science and pseudoscience through the development of an interactive artefact.

Funded as a research project by the Arts Council England, the piece combined new digital technology and traditional (sham) séance trickery to create an interactive exhibit in which the reliability of the viewer’s own observations are put into question. Through this disjunction between the exhibit’s deceptive use of evidence and the immediate experience of the viewer, the work problematises the very notion of empirical research. It thus highlights how, rather than the idea of ‘progress’ in empirical science and technology replacing the role of ‘magic’ in modern society, the use of visual technology (whether in terms of big budget special effects, or instantaneous domestic digitality) actually trades on the sense of awe and the uncanny previously engendered by mystical and ‘magical’ phenomena.

The research for ‘Values For a New Age’ included archive research into the history of parapsychology and its relationship to mystical readings of ‘new technologies’, as well as practical/mechanical research for the production of the piece, which included investigation and experimentation with magnetism, motors, small scale concealed engineering, as well as sensor and CCTV rigs.

This research provided the basis for the lecture ‘Hey Presto’, given by Hollington and Kyprianou as part of The Site Gallery’s education program, and was also the basis for the paper ‘Technology and the Uncanny’ presented at the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Conference, London 2007 (published in the conference proceedings).

The work was commissioned by The Site Gallery and was given extensive media coverage on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Front Row’ show, and in Art Monthly, The Times, The Guardian and Artists Newsletter.

Official Website: http://www.electronicsunset.org/project_archive/values_for_a_new_age
Your affiliations with UAL: Other Affiliations > RAE 2008
Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 16 February 2002
Funders: Arts Council England
Related Websites: http://www.electronicsunset.org/home, http://www.csm.arts.ac.uk/51818.htm
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Related Publications: http://www.electronicsunset.org/joint_projects/technology_and_the_uncanny
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
'Con Art' Site Gallery, Sheffield, U.K.2002
Glynn Vivian Museum, Swansea, U.K.2002
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2009 11:40
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2014 12:32
Item ID: 1131
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1131

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