BEACON_TRANSITIONS (B_T) is an online series in response to the uncertain future of exhibition culture. Beaconsfield invites artists to hold the space between physical and virtual sites in a new series of experimental commissions: ‘Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of the mind’.*
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9 July–2 August 2020
Simon Tyszko with A.D.Crawforth
B_T1 is a lockdown experiment wherein a virtual portal is being developed for Beaconsfield through a collaboration between Simon Tyszko and A.D.Crawforth in response to Covid19.
Tyszko engages in the month-long improvisation by taking us on an online journey from Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall into the neuro-diverse mind of the artist, realised in collaboration with A.D.Crawforth who also feeds audio visual content into the stream to empower the montage.
Beacon_Transitions is a threshold.
Onsite CCTV surveillance of the shuttered gallery provides a poignant visual basis for the first in the series of Beacon_Transitions.
Live CCTV footage is streamed from the actual, physical Beaconsfield site in Vauxhall; recording the almost silent, shuttered gallery spaces, currently displaying the work of some spiders, spinning webs over the surveillance cameras – and the work of artist Tuula Narhinen.
The cameras record weather patterns, changing light levels throughout the day and the ambient sounds of the site. Resident cat, Untitled, roams the yard space, fed by human friends on a daily lockdown rota. The bank of CCTV images on screen reminds us of the physical space to which we currently have limited access, or might even be afraid to visit in company.
The digital object, described as B_T1, holds the liminal space between these tentative, physical visits and the online world in which so many of us have become immersed since Covid19 hit the world as we knew it.
On Fridays and Saturdays in July, between 11am and 4pm, the virtual galleries are animated by occasional visitors to the physical galleries. These people will be wearing masks. They will participate in Tuula Narhinen’s visual research into the nearby London waterway (conducted earlier in the year pre-lockdown) through engaging with her immersive portrait of the River Thames, Deep Time Deposits, and the tools with which she made it.
At other times, the visual object is part of a more complex montage animated by audio and video works. Specific screenings and listening times are announced in the space below…
* Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (1928)