Electrocuted olives and animated trains – when Intel does art

The press release for Remastered arrived in my inbox the other day and I must say it looks rather exciting!

It’s a short-running exhibition at One Marylebone (a venue I’m rather partial to) which aims to fuse classic art with “boundary-pushing  technology”

What this boils down to is reimagining art behemoths such as Picasso’s Guernica, Van Gogh‘s The Starry Night and Dali’s The Persistence of Memory for a contemporary audience using technology. I feel like a jerk for pointing out that contemporary audiences are rather partial to these works anyway and that it could have been interesting to see artworks otherwise consigned to the dustbin of history benefitting from a fresh approach (cough Massacre in Korea cough) so I won’t.

Below is a still from Eric Schockmel’s visual animation based on J.M.W. Turner’s Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway. Apparently he used 2nd GenerationIntel® Core™ processor technology but I got that nugget of info straight from the press release and Intel are the ones behind the exhibition so it might not be relevant but thought I’d let you know just in case! You can see a picture of Turner’s original just beneath it.

Turner: The Great Railway Remastered

Turner: The Great Railway Remastered

Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway - Turner

Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway - Turner

My favourite jellymongers Bompas & Parr are also involved, creating their version of Da Vinci’s The Last Supper using famous last meals from history (first class menu from the Titanic, anyone?)

Ben James, head of creative for Intel’s curatorial partner jotta said: “The intersection of technology and art has gone far beyond its creation on a computer to a symbiotic relationship – one where new technology offers new opportunities to the artist or designer who, in return, provides ever-evolving experiences and contexts to our relationship with technology.”

It’s an interesting idea, especially in light of my criticisms of Artfinder.

Here’s a full list of the artworks

  • J.M.W. Turner’s Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway (1844): EricSchockmel (3D animation)
  • Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory (1931): Daniel Swan (moving image)
  • Wassily Kandinsky’s On White II (1923): Robert Corish (sound installation)
  • Raphael’s School of Athens (1510): Vanessa Harden (interaction design)
  • Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937): Jane Trustram and Anthony Mizon (online application)
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper (1499): Bompas & Parr (food design and photography)
  • Venus de Milo (130-100BC): Paul Bryan and Jonathan Ryall (moving image)
  • Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818): Rafael Pavon (stereoscopic 3D animation)
  • Edgar Degas’ Dancer with a Bouquet of Flowers (Star of the Ballet) (1878): SaraHibbert (moving image and photography)
  • Johannes Vermeer’s The Astronomer (1668): Stuart Bailes (photography)
  • Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night (1889): Midnight Toastie (interactive installation)
  • Edvard Munch’s The Scream (c. 1893): Lung (sculpture, sound and animation)
  • Edouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergere (1882): Emma Rios & Dan Price (interactive installation)

You can see Remastered at One Marylebone until March 13.

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