In a one day event in Liverpool John Moores new space, The X-Gallery, I was very excited to present new artworks by Zara Worth, Marcos Lutyens & Richard Cytowic. Together the works introduced different methods of engaging with art in the digital age.
In The Artist’s Presence, participants found themselves sat before the artist through an augmented reality experience. In this work, Zara Worth questions the importance of presence in performative arts practice, through a tongue and cheek take on Marina Abromavic’s The Artist is Present (2010). Worth’s practice often uses online culture and technology as a subject and medium for artworks with on- and offline lives, drawing on the nature of our relationship with hand-held technology.
Through a contrasting approach, artist Marcos Lutyens collaborated with neuroscientist Richard Cytowic to produce an artwork that would connect participants to their senses. In an attention era, we live in a very visual world, where new surroundings are often explored or recorded through the screen. In A Semantic Survey of Forms, Lutyens and Cytowic invite participants to interact with a series of objects through a haptic experience.