16th - 28th February 2015
Decoded 1914-18 is a two-week programme of AV installations and events across 16-28 February 2015 that explores the First World War and its effect on those living in Tyne & Wear. Seven artists have taken inspiration from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collections to create artworks and performances which examine and interpret Tyne and Wear in the First World War in innovative ways. From recreated soundscapes of civic life to a reinvention of communications technologies. The installations and performances explore a range of themes including the role of women in the First World War economy; Wartime communications technologies, particularly radio; the impact of War on folk traditions in the region, and Armed Forces recruitment.
The project is a collaboration between Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and the Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice, a contemporary hub for the creative arts at Newcastle University with a remit to explore ideas and challenge perceived boundaries between academic disciplines.
Details of the events (along with opportunities to meet the artists) are as follows:
Parade Ground: A digital artwork referencing traditional regimental photos on a very large scale. The piece attempts to bring home to the viewer both the terrifying scale of the region’s contribution to the war and the very human and individual nature of this contribution.
The artist, Guy Schofield, is an artist and researcher based at Newcastle University’sCulture Lab working mainly with video, game technology and 3D graphics and animation. He has a BA and MA in Fine Art. His work involves examining the relationship between space and narrative in time-based media: a concern which explored in a number of interactive and video art works, exhibited both in the UK and internationally.
Venue and date of installation: Parade Ground is on display at 3 different venues:
Discovery Museum – When the Lights Went Out Exhibition: Monday 16 – Saturday 28 February 2015.
Gateshead Interchange: Monday 16 – Friday 20 February 2015.
King’s Gate, Newcastle University: Friday 20 – Saturday 28 February 2015.
Meet the Artist: Friday 20 February, 2-4pm (Discovery Museum, When the Lamps Went Out exhibition).