Re-Dock and Tenantspin present an exhibition of prototype communication devices, developed through an experimental workshop and training programme with residents of Your Housing sheltered and supported accommodation across the North West.
Through activities and practical advice sessions as part of the ADVICE PORTAL project, artist collective Re-Dock and artist/educator Jon Turton have worked with Your Housing residents aged 55 to 95 to discuss technological innovations within their lifetimes, whilst exploring the outer limits of emerging telecommunications platforms.
The sessions have acquainted the resident groups with iPads, Skype, social media and online research tools, whilst drawing inspiration from people’s memories and experiences of the early days of electronic communications technology.
The show also features 3 new interactive commissions by artists Dave Lynch, Jon Astbury and Sam Meech. A series of prototype devices have been constructed which investigate questions such as “What message would you send to your younger self?” “Can we send a message into space?” “What are the uses of telepresence in an everyday residential setting?”
Everything from early theatrical techniques (particularly the peppers ghost effect) to 20th century versions of apparitions, the video phone in sci-fi cinema to teleportation and the domestication of video-conferencing through products and services like Skype over the last few years has inspired the work in Can you hear me? I can see you!
Presented as an open sketchbook, the ideas shared in this exhibition are works in progress with the opportunity for you to test things out.
The show runs from 17th May - 2nd June in the FACT Connects space.
This project has been commissioned through FACT’s Collaboration and Engagement Programme, funded by The Baring Foundation.