Summerbranch is a new commission by igloo that explores movement and stillness in nature. Using camouflage and other disguises, a person or a computer character can blend into a ‘natural’ environment captured and treated through the moving image. This installation uses the tools of the military-entertainment complex, computer gaming, motion capture, 3D environments and special effects to question what is truth and what is artifice in our attempts to reproduce nature. Through the creation of a computer generated virtual world, Summerbranch seeks to address this by the use of disguise in dance and movement. IGLOO not only investigates the role of the ‘real’ in virtual environments but also that of the reproduction of nature in the history of art and particularly landscape work.
Scan Director Helen Sloan
… it is a sensitive, beautiful, accessible and observant study of the forest environment.. and marks one of their strongest works to date…
'… it concerns the reappropriation of technology used for more militaristic means: yet despite it’s faintly ominous imagery, Summerbranch conveys a sense of tranquility.' – PC Gamer (Jan 2006)
Summerbranch is the result of a 2 month residency at ArtSway in the New Forest.
The exhibition is created for 3 gallery spaces. A series of intermedia works which can stand alone as individual installations or together as a site specific install comprising 3 parts: Virtual environment, Video installation, a set of Lenticular Prints & Wallpaper