EVASION OF PSYCHE
A Virtual Reality Exhibition created by JulsGabs, displayed in Instagram in some locations of London
and supported by Lambeth Council
This project aims to increase peoples’s connectivity using the architecture of the city of London as a canvas that triggers the Virtual Reality artworks and are visible completely for free through Instagram.
Evasions of the Psyche is Creative Media & Digital Activity project working towards health&wellbeing and social inclusion. The idea aims to create an artistic offer in an outdoor Covid-safe environment. The audience that was before in museums and galleries is now engaging with the cultural sector in social media (98%)*. Art must now find its audience in unusual locations
With Instagram Effects
Close all Apps on your phone & Scan QR Code
Access the Virtual Reality Paintings by @julsgabs ✨
Use your back camera in your phone to activate the effect
Once your camera recognises the floor or surface in front the painting will display on your phone and Voilà, enjoy the Virtual Reality Paintings
*If it does not work, download the latest version of Instagram and try again
1. FESTIVAL PIER
Feminist portrait of Melodi & Charlotte. This couple are two of the organisers of Big Dyke Energy London, a harassment-free space. Where every person, including party-goers, DJs, performers and event staff are entitled to an environment free from hate speech, racism, fat phobia, transphobia, sexism, homophobia, violence, predatory and discriminatory behaviours. In Big Dyke Energy there is no rules but to respect each other and rave safe.
Along with them two Pink Glass Swans (Lucy Lippard) come to enjoy the rave
2. GABRIEL'S PIER
Pandemi Moore is a drag singer born in the pandemic who comes to smash the toxic masculinity, from a Spanish-born, London-based queer perspective.
This 3D triptych of Pandemi Moore. has been made by portraying Pandemi's Amazon account, Netflix account & Instagram account in a loop rotation that will show you different points of view of the same character
3. BLACKFRIARS STATION
This Painting activates on top of the painting of the city of London in front of the entrance of Blackfriars Station.
It talks about the use of Symbols in Ancient Greek Myths and how that has affected the city and the society we built and live in.
Inspired by the story of Artemisia I and her relations with the Caryatids. Artemisia was the Queen of Caryae and fight for the Persians against the Greeks.
Years after her death the Greeks conquered Caryae and capture their women as slaves and for carrying their children - Caryae women were known for being strong and very fertile - as an ultimate symbol the Greeks created women columns of the Temple Erechtheion representing these women carrying the weight of the Temple
This painting is trying to ask "how much different would be our city if the symbols of our heritage were others?"
4. TATE MODERN'S SQUARE
This work explores the importance & implication of Museums in Black Lives Matters
On the chair beside her hands, we can find the small QR codes that again will open an Instagram effect.
Into it, we can see a dame with a library containing some books from The British Library 2014 by Yinka Shonibare, and looking straight to our left moving your phone around you will discover some of The Benin Bronzes.
In between there is a framed world map with the caption INTERNET: this is a GIF that shows what parts of the world have the major access to the internet and communication.
One of the excuses for Institutions to retain pieces that have been claimed their origin countries is the idea that having them here will help to educate local citizens (This VR painting is addressing this particular statement, but there are many others to claim) You can observe that North America and Europe are the most coloured areas in the map. If we have the highest access to information, this excuse is no longer valid and it only rises the urge of these archeologic and art artefacts to be returned to their origin where they can have a bigger impact, and restore the dignity and heritage of the people
Living still with several restrictions, this project wants to add another option to support the wake of the cultural sector & a cultural outdoor experience for locals this summer. Creating an exhibition in atypical locations where the walls of the gallery are no longer needed, but we continue to bring people together. I see the audience personally branding the works by deciding how they watch it and how to share it. The aim is to connect society using my works and collectively create limitless dialogues
COLLABORATORS & ARTISTS PORTRAITED
The project has gain interest very fast thanks to the support of Institutions like THE COLUMBIA RESIDENCY & MARIS WORLD (Roman Road Gallery), AFTER ILLUSION RESIDENCY, RUBB3R RESIDENCY, STABLE GALLERY and DAMARIS ATHENE.
Also, I want to use this opportunity to continue to give voice to other artist and intellectuals by portraying them and help expand their message addressing gender, toxic masculinity, heritage of symbols, colonialism and support to Black Lives Matter and Decolonisation
Melodi and Charlotte are two of the organisers and collaborators of Big Dyke Energy
*See publication in The Face Magazine
ANONYMOUS 📍 TATE MODERN SQUARE
The piece display at Tate Modern Square is a portrait of a friend who wants to remain anonymous and our conversation about Colonial Museums and how the internet is a key point that supports the return of artefacts to their origin
How UK museums are responding to Black Lives Matter
By Will Gompertz
BBC Arts editor
Culture War + Decolonisation
The Financial Times Limited 2021. All rights reserved.
Aminul Hoque, a Bangladeshi-British academic, was vetoed by the government for a second term as trustee at Greenwich and provocket the resignation of Charles Dunstone as Royal Museums Greenwich chair in February after culture minister Oliver Dowden refused to reconsider his decision
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