international festival
of digital creativity
and electronic music
Édition 18

Henry Driver - alt.barbican UK

Art Subverting Reality: alt.barbican, alt.MUTEK and Milieux
August 23, 2017, 10:30 - 12:30
IMG: 10:30 - 12:30
Exhibition: Subversions of Reality
August 22, 2017, 12:00 - 21:00
Visual Artist: 12:00 - 21:00

Employing photography, film, digitally generated imagery, games design and sculpture, Henry Driver’s work is totally contemporary in its exploration of the speed at which the digital and virtual worlds are developing and the serious issues and questions that this raises. His aim is to examine and critique the ethics and effects that technology causes. Driver holds an MA in Fine Art and has shown internationally and across the UK, including at Tate Liverpool and Tate Britain, Channels, Melbourne, Ikono on Air Festival, Berlin, and Tele-Visions, Sydney. His videos have been broadcast in nearly forty countries. Recent screenings include Whitechapel Gallery, London and Torreloft, Copenhagen. Combining a variety of mediums such as video, sound, sculpture, CGI, video game design, virtual/augmented reality, programming, animation, installation, photography and live audio/visual performance, his work has been lauded by critics as creating “shifting and shimmering imagery that seduces the eye, the technical virtuosity always in service to his purpose and enwrapping the viewer.”

Mimic (2017)
Single channel looping video

Created from a month long residency at St.Mary's Works, Norwich, UK, part of The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Residency Programme.
Photographs of a derelict factory were converted into 3D CGI animations. Through the process of simulation, the software misread and interpreted the information, causing severe glitches and the creation of new hybrid entities. The resultant imagery is neither artificial or real but an in-between state. Driver is intrigued in examining the inaccuracies of simulation and the creation of new hybrid realities incurred. He is interested in these specific replicas and simulations becoming the only evidence of the derelict factory site before it is redeveloped.


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