artificiel, condemned_bulbes, 2003. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

artificiel, condemned_bulbes, 2003. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

artificiel, condemned_bulbes, 2003. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

artificiel, condemned_bulbes, 2003. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

artificiel, condemned_bulbes, 2003. Photo: Stephen Turner. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

artificiel, condemned_bulbes, 2003. Photo: Stephen Turner. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

artificiel, condemned_bulbes, 2003. Photo: Stephen Turner. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

artificiel, condemned_bulbes, 2003. Photo: Stephen Turner. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

artificiel, condemned_bulbes, 2003. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Dozens of oversized, incandescent light bulbs hang in grid formation in the blacked-out Great Hall. As electricity passes through a special dimmer, the bulb coils come to life and become audible. The result is a spectacular electric chorus and flashing light display. Presented in collaboration with ScienceFest, it marks the invention of the incandescent light bulb by Sunderland-born Joseph Swan. Some of his earliest light bulbs can be seen in Discovery Museum. This is the English Premiere of condemned_bulbes, by the Montreal-based digital creation studio artificiel (Alexandre Burton, Jimmy Lakatos and Julien Roy).

Biography
artificiel is a digital arts group based in Montreal, featuring Alexandre Burton and Julien Roy. The works have different formats, from installation to performance, and are presented as exhibitions, concerts or interventions. Their projects primarily explore sonic properties, electrical impulses, and reveal the inherent tensions of the materials. Notable past installations include condemned_bulbes (2003) and beyond6281 (2004). They have presented work at major festivals and events including Ars Electronica, MUTEK and Transmediale. 

Credit
Curated by AV Festival 10. Co-produced by AV Festival 10 and ScienceFest in partnership with Discovery Museum. UK Premiere.

artificiel: condemned_bulbes

FREE

Preview: Fri 5 March 2010, 7-10pm

Fri 5 March – Sun 14 March 2010

Discovery Museum

Blandford Square
Newcastle NE1 4JA
discoverymuseum.org.uk

Opening Times
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm 
Sun 2-5pm 

Additional Information

Artist's Website