Seascape: Susan Collins

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Susan Collins: Seascape

4 April - 14 June 2009
Gallery 1

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British artist Susan Collins’s work draws upon classical landscape traditions in painting to create digital works which unfold in real time.

Click here to read The Times review of the exhibition by Ken Russell

A development on from the success of previous projects, including Fenlandia, this project generates a series of gradually unfolding, beautiful digital seascapes created by images captured from webcams overlooking the sea, sited at different locations along the south east coast of the UK. The webcams are sited in each location for a period of 6-12 months, recording at different rates over the course of the year.

Susan Collins

Each image is constructed from data collected from top to bottom and left to right in horizontal bands continuously, marking visible fluctuations in light and movement throughout the day and being archived at regular intervals. At any one time, the viewer experiences a different version of the image as the pixels change and the piece evolves.

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The data will be archived by the artist Susan Collins over the 12 month period, and the resulting image data used to create both large scale digital colour works on paper as well as real time projections in the gallery.

Live Feed from webcam below:
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Susan Collins

The images you see here are taken from Bexhill on Sea, Sussex.


Seascape: project website

Susan's project website features the vast digital archive of webcam imagery amassed over the period of 12 months as well as a great deal of information on the exhibition.



Exhibition and Publication

The resulting work will be exhibited by the De La Warr Pavilion in spring 2009. A full colour publication will be produced to coincide with the exhibition. The  project is produced partnership with Film and Video Umbrella, London.

About the artist

Susan Collins (b. 1964 London) is one of the UK’s leading artists working with digital media. For the past decade the collision between the real and the artificial or virtual has been a key area of investigation. Collins works across public, gallery and online spaces. Works include In Conversation; Tate in Space (a Bafta nominated Tate netart commission); Transporting Skies which transported sky (and other phenomena) live between Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance and Site Gallery Sheffield; Fenlandia and Glenlandia - live year long pixel by pixel internet transmissions from remote landscapes, and The Spectrascope, an ongoing live pixel by pixel transmission from a haunted house.

Recently completed commissions include a wildlife surveillance system for Sarah Wigglesworth Architects’s RIBA award winning Classroom of the Future and Underglow, a network of illuminated drains for the Corporation of London for Light Up Queen Street
Recent exhibitions have included Outlook Express(ed), Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada; Digital Aesthetic 2, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; Webscape, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum, Søro, Denmark 2007; Video Vortex, Montevideo/The Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam and Multiplicities at ARC Projects, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Susan Collins is Reader in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.

About the partners

Film Video Umbrella

Film and Video Umbrella curates and produces film, video and new media projects by artists which are commissioned and presented in collaboration with galleries and venues across the UK.

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Sat 4 Apr 2009-
Sun 14 Jun 2009

Tickets: Free entry

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