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RGU hosts exhibition that probes into virtual collaboration


A forthcoming exhibition at Robert Gordon University (RGU) will explore the use of technology and its influence on the interaction between artists and viewers.

The exhibition, titled ‘Probes’, has been curated by Gray’s School of Art student, Paul Thomson who is an established printmaker. It will be held in RGU’s Georgina Scott Sutherland Library from 26 October until mid January 2013 and is open to the public.

As part of his PhD, Paul is investigating virtual collaboration between artists and their viewers. This explores technology which allows them to change and manipulate original images to form their own versions - which they can then print and keep. 

The exhibition is based on Paul’s research and theories which include:
• Artists collaborating electronically with each other across space and time
• Viewers collaborating and altering the image themselves before it is printed out electronically
• The artist adding extra information, meaning and images to a print using ‘image recognition software’
• The artist creating images which are not printed anywhere but exist in a real landscape but can only be seen when using smart technology

Paul said: “New technology, such as the internet changes the relationship between the artist and the viewer. Smart phones and other new devices can allow art lovers to really get involved. 

“Extra images, and more information add to the viewers’ experience and these can give a whole new meaning to the prints.  As part of the exhibition we even have an outdoor artwork which is invisible, until you look through an i-pad or smart phone.”

The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to collaborate and customise one of the portfolio of prints which they can print and keep. Viewers of the exhibition are encouraged to actively play with and use the software and printers, which will ultimately add to the research. The exhibition will launch on 26 October at the Garthdee-based library.

Issued By:

Katie Begg
Communications Officer | Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262144
Email: k.begg@rgu.ac.uk