jamie allen

PRESS RELEASE - March 2011
Artist-researcher Jamie Allen, in collaboration with London 2012 Creative Programming and the BBC Big Screens programme, launches a multi-city nighttime installation programme for large-scale public digital media displays. Allen, who has worked at the cusp of digital performance, installation and media art practice for over 10 years, is supported by Arts Council England, the London 2012 Creative Programme, as well as Culture Lab - Newcastle University. Canadian born, Allen is interested in complex, systems approaches to artistic practice with technologies and digital media. With this series of after-dark installation projects for public media facades, Allen continues his work looking at the way digital media infrastructure changes our experience of the city and ourselves. “Media systems - particularly as they become increasingly always on and everywhere - are not simply sites of content-delivery,” says Allen. “Every pixel we light up, in turn illuminates the environment surrounding it. Big screens are also dynamic stage-lighting for the staging and pageantry of our cities. Refractive Index treats digital displays as modern-day camera obscura for the digital metropolis. ‘What does the screen see?’” For more information contact: Lorna Fulton, London 2012 Creative Programmer T: 0191 255 8535 M: 07545 419784 E: lorna.fulton@artscouncil.org.uk

Refractive Index

PRESS lorna.fulton@artscouncil.org.uk central square, forth street newcastle upon tyne, uk NE1 3PJ

PRODUCTION jamie@heavyside.net culture lab, newcastle university newcastle upon tyne, uk NE1 7RU

A  multi-­‐city  artwork  exploring  the  impact  of  public  media  displays  on  architecture  and  urbanity  through  software,  photography,  video  and  performance  installation

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