Exhibition: ‘Invisible Landscapes: Imagination Act (III)’ at the Royal Academy of Arts

The versatile nature of virtual-reality technology has been a recurrent topic of discussion for the last forty decades. To this date, the lines that divide tangible and digital landscapes are blurring, adding up to the characteristic volatile, ever-changing atmosphere that shapes twenty-first-century living. Technology is crucial to everything we do, implied in socio-political, cultural, scientific and creative practices. A connective element of society –ultimate connector and cooperator– the price we’re paying for such efficacy is not to be taken lightly. The digital world raises simultaneous uncertainty and threat to information security, data privacy, health and even human independence.

‘Invisible Landscapes: Imagination Act (III)’, is an exhibit that currently being held at the London’s Royal Academy of Arts from 2 February- 1 April 2019, exploring this radical bond between the individual and technology. The exhibition calls to discover how “the virtual” transforms physicality –from human interaction to our cities and future landscapes– and vice versa, through a series of workshops and experiences held at the RA’s new architecture studio. An invite to interdisciplinary collaboration, it showcases a multitude of projects, from film to immersive installations, by four different practices: Gilles Retsin Architecture, ScanLAB Projects, Keiichi Matsuda, and Soft Bodies.

At CLOT Magazine we were already familiarised with ScanLAB, who we had the opportunity to interview last year.  A pioneering creative institution founded 2010 by designers and technologists Matthew Shaw and William Trossell, they specialize in digital alteration of pre-existing mediums, designing re-assembled ‘online environments’, replicas and immersive installations. Accompanied by the believed that 3D scanning is the future of photography, they have produced a portfolio of work –often of valuable sociologic weight– and collaborated with a varied portfolio of clients, including such as The Guardian, The New York Times and BBC between others. At the RA, they will be presenting ‘Post-lenticular Landscapes: Equirectangular 05 Nevada Falls (after Muybridge and Adams), 2018’.

Text by CLOT Magazine (Twitter @clotmagazine)


Website https://scanlabprojects.co.uk/work/guardian-limbo/ 
(All photos courtesy of the artists. (C. ScanLAB Projects))

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