KikiT VisuoSonic Research Group installed a "digital tapestry" as part of the London Design Festival at the Victoria Albert Museum in September 2010. The project entitled 'The 11th Tapestry' involved the hanging of a blank tapestry in the gallery onto which was projected animated and interactive visuals. Visitors to the gallery manipulated the content through sound and movement interventions. The 20-minute presentation involved nine separate applications each offering interpretations of different aspects of the tapestries in the gallery. These included a study on the nature of the fading of the colours of the tapestries and how they may have looked when first made, an animated sequence as an interpretation of 'The Triumph of Eternity' tapestry and an sound activated response to the 'Mille Fleurs' tapestry. The installation ran from the 18th September 2010 to 26th September 2010. In addition, a performance was conducted on 24th September 2010. This involved Maurice Owen playing saxophone and Sarah Hand reading poetry which then triggered the applications move change and react to the sound in the gallery. The 40 minute performance included nine interactive applications. These applications included responses to different aspects of the tapestries e.g. the flowers, faces and material folds on display. Russell Richards' role in the project was as designer and builder of the nine installation applications and the nine performance applications together with the rigging and display. The London Design Festival has an international standing as a leading design festival, therefore, to be accepted for the Festival carries considerable kudos. The opportunity to perform under the auspices of the London Design Festival at the Victoria Albert Museum enabled the research group including Russell Richards to considerably raise their academic practitioner profile in the area of digital art installation and performance.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2010|