Signals In The City

The new exhibition at the Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay opens today, Signals In The City. The exhibition is planned to be a departure from traditional exhibitions by actually inviting viewers to take part in creating the work on show.

All the artists exhibiting are doing so for the first time in Scotland, the exhibition runs from Monday 3rd March until Friday 2nd May.

Here’s the full press release:

Art exhibitions are traditionally presented in a hands-off fashion with clear lines keeping viewers well away from the displays they have come to see.

An exciting new exhibition at the Hannah Maclure Centre opens on Monday 3 March and Signals in the City is designed to cross that line by inviting visitors to take their part in creating some of the work on show.

The exhibition will showcase some of the UK’s most inspiring artists, and some new faces, who use technology to explore the urban landscape in stimulating new ways.

The artists taking part in Signals in the City are showing their work in Scotland for the very first time and for curator, Donna Holford-Lovell, Abertay’s cultural projects officer; it’s a first time too.

Donna explains: “Signals in the City is by far the most ambitious exhibition the Hannah Maclure Centre has ever held and it’s the first time I’ve had to deal with so much unpredictable technology in one exhibition. The anticipation is exciting but also making me a little nervous.

“All of the artists taking part are producing amazing work and it’s a real honour to be working with them, especially Clive Gillman who is well known in Dundee as Director of DCA and is well established in the area of new and emerging media.

“We also have Jen Southern and Jen Hamilton working with Chris St Amand to produce Running Stitch which is one of the most interactive pieces on show as its very existence depends on audience participation.

“The artists give hand held Global Positioning System (GPS) devices to people attending the exhibition and ask them to take a walk around the city. Their route is sent back to a computer in the gallery where it is turned into a continuous line.

“Their journey is then projected on to a large canvas where it is stitched into the fabric. A similar project took place in Brighton recently and the results were wonderful. I can’t wait to see what the people of Dundee create.”

In addition to the exhibition the Hannah Maclure Centre is also hosting an international colloquium on Thursday 1 May featuring discussions with artists from the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

Entry to both the exhibition and the colloquium is free but as places in the colloquium are limited please contact the exhibition team on 01382 308 324 or by email at exhibitions@abertay.ac.uk to book.