Laura Dekker Exhibited in TRANSMOGRIFICATION · 6 December 2013 to 24 January 2014
STATEMENTLaura Dekker's practice is driven by a fascination with the subjectivities and bias of representation and perception: the so-called 'parallax gaps'.
In particular, her recent work examines the attraction-repulsion of digital cultures. Using interactive technologies (sometimes mixed in with traditional materials) she aims to engage viewers with a sensorially rich and provocative experience. Scavenged open source technologies (3D video cameras, live two-way Internet feeds, computer vision techniques) offer a rich set of tools to extend or perturb the viewer-participant's attention, sensory input and actions. Virtual objects can intrude into the 'actual' world, or seemingly mundane materials are activated with a kind of primitive consciousness.
Through these works she explores how the virtual world sits in relation to the real world as traditionally presented and perceived; the relationship of the viewer-participant in this 'mixed' world and how being there alters the world. The viewer might be drawn in, transported to a different place, implicated in a narrative.
Laura Dekker worked in research and development of computer vision techniques for many years before studying Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Since then she has had numerous commissions for her interactive works, including Secret Cinema, Dr Martens and Museums at Night. Her work has been shown at Modern Art Oxford, and was selected for the New Media Awards at ArtPAD in San Francisco this year. Laura is co-organiser of XAP (Cross Arts Projects). She lives and works in London. Laura Dekker's website.
2014THE PSYCHOTROPIC HOUSE with XAP at Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects, London
2013TRANSMOGRIFICATION at the new Infektory Gallery, London
FIERCELY BEING ME, installation at Dr Martens Carnaby Street, London
[Top secret!] INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION for Secret Cinema's new production
NEW MEDIA AWARDat ArtPadSF, San Francisco
ARTS ON ICE, Museums at Night at the London Canal Museum
XAP SPRING SHOW, Dirty Linen, Curious Duke Gallery, London
NEVER BEEN LOW, installation at Dr Martens Carnaby Street, London
SEE at Lower Than Atlantis's recent exclusive gig, London
2012INTERACTIVE SNOWFEST, Highgate, London
DR MARTINS Autumn/Winter 2013 Global Launch
GROWTH, ReKindle Public Arts in Queens Wood, London
INTERACTIVE, Summer Chillout Space, London
FINE ART DEGREE SHOW, Central Saint Martins, London
MUSEUMS AT NIGHT, London Canal Museum, London
ARTISTS' SHORTS, Modern Art, Oxford
2011WATSON< FARLEY AND WILLIAMS, OXO-2, London
ART BY CANDLELIGHT, London Canal Museum, London
2010DISPLACEMENT, Spinach, London
200920:20:20:20, Central Saint Martins, London
CHATEAU D'IF, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
2009:75, Lewisham Art House, London
VALENTINES UNCOVERED, Valentines Mansion, Ilford