Women in Digital at the Hospital Club
Women in Digital is an innovative exhibition at the Hospital Club that focuses on the graphic works of various female artists and art collectives in collaboration with LG and Sedition. Sedition is an online platform that works to make art accessible in digital format at a range of prices, thus enabling it to reach a much wider audience.
The fact that the exhibition focuses on the work of international female digital artists creates an interesting focus. In some ways, the world of virtual imagery feels like a male-dominated field, so it is not only encouraging but essential to have female perspectives.
The pieces are presented on a variety of screens including the new LG Curved OLED, which in itself is an innovation in digital technology. This is an intriguing concept that allows you to feel that you are at the cutting-edge intersection of art and technology. The fields that have always been entwined and exhibitions like this continue to push boundaries in how we both receive and perceive art.
There is an emphasis on where the future of art lies, new forms of exhibiting work and reaching new audiences. Shu Lea Cheang releases pieces live on the Internet, with works including Reading and Typing, and makes the most of an immediate audience response. This allows you to really reflect on the true purpose of Art, how it is meant to reach audiences and exactly what message it is meant to portray.
Marion Tampon Lajarriette’s pieces Déjà Vu 1 and Déjà Vu 2 show the back of a person’s head facing a building, and a night-time landscape, respectively. Although the viewer is behind the person in the former, you feel as though you are about to step into their skin and view these images through their eyes. The curve of the screen plays a part in this, and at times it feels as though you are being enveloped into the scene.
Having visual art that can easily be shared digitally and over the Internet changes the way we access art and how we interpret it. It is highly important that art continue to evolve like this; consideration of the forms art takes and how it is viewed is, in itself, a form of art.
Women in Digital is on at the Hospital Gallery until 19th October 2014, for further information visit here.