Visit Glos Waterways Museum, engage your analytical engine, hear an interplanetary receiver – opens Sat 28th Feb

DO YOU EVER WONDER WHAT ON EARTH ARTISTS DO IN MUSEUMS? VISIT THE WATERWAYS MUSEUM AND ENGAGE YOUR ANALYTICAL ENGINE, HEAR THE INTERPLANETARY RECEIVER AND FIND OUT

On Saturday 28th February The Waterways Museum in Gloucester launches the tour of the Miniature Museum of Museums, created by artists Tara Downs and Bart Sabel. They create automata, soundworks and interactive sculpture, engaging and enchanting audiences of all ages, evoking curiosity and wonder. Come and see An Interplanetary Receiver, An Analytical Engine (the brain), A Gramophone Planetarium and a Pianola Textile Coding Roll Machine – discover the ideas behind them and explore what makes innovation tick.

Thanks to Arts Council funding, Flow Contemporary Arts commissioned the artists to create a wonderful new Miniature Museum in response to the collections in three Gloucestershire Museums. The research and delivery of the project has been developed in partnership with the Holst Birthplace Museum (Cheltenham); the Museum in the Park (Stroud) and the Waterways Museum (Gloucester). A form of cabinet of curiosity, visitors will be able to touch and animate the artwork, which will merge knowledge, engineering and creative-thinking to release new ways of understanding the museum collections.

Friction Project
Friction Project

lovely new publication out today, images and texts and comments about ExLab from last year, free download

Projects like ExLab in Dorset take a while to reflect upon. As always, with art projects that are research led and installed at the last minute into their exhibition location, documenting them prior to launch is impossible. (I mention that on my home page and illustrate it with a series of slides from Dialogue Project of 2013). With the scattered sites, on beaches, in cottages and on cliff tops  we decided to produce a pre-show catalogue giving the backstory to the research and release  a later one that would share lots of lovely images, alongside comments from artists, visitors  stewards and others involved. It’s been set free today and I’m very pleased to be able to share it with you here, as a download. It’s always good to know the context of work as it makes the experience even richer on reflection.

As a growing story I think you will see how a has developed over the years, it’s a brilliant project. For good measure, and so that you can see the “Big Picture” – after all, it was Big Picture that commissioned ExLab, I’ve also made available the other 2 handbooks. See below for links.

ExLab 1 handbook 2010-2011

ExLab 2 handbook 2011-2012

ExLab 2 documentation  2012

Overlay by Mat Chivers