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EVASION OF PSYCHE

A Virtual Reality Exhibition created by JulsGabs, displayed in Instagram in 4 locations of the Thames River

From the 1st of AUGUST  to OCTOBER 10th 2021 ~

THE PROJECT
 

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 

HOW

With Instagram Effects

  1. Close all Apps on your phone & Scan QR Code
     

  2. Access the Virtual Reality Paintings by @julsgabs ✨
     

  3. Follow the instructions at the poster whether finding the activator around you or position your phone vertically
     

  4. If it does not work, close all Apps & try it again - it works!
     

  5. Once your camera recognises the trigger the painting will display on your phone and Voilà, enjoy the Virtual Reality Paintings

THE WORKS

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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 a Greek-born woman who became Queen of Caryae and fight for the Persians against the Greeks. That was a sour feeling for the Greeks that not only took this as treason but could not believe that a woman could become a threat to them

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

 

The last 2 years must not only be remembered as the time of a pandemic but as the change where diversity and inclusion were finally heard. This painting was born as a result of conversations with a friend of mine, who wants to remain anonymous, about Colonial Museums. An internet map in this painting opens a dialogue about how contradictory is for us to hold artefacts of other nations, now that we have full access to information online. At this point in our history, It cannot be more urgent to emphasize the return of these heritage works (for example the Benin Bronzes) to begin the restoration of equality and dignity

WHY

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

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LOCATIONS

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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

 

BIG DYKE ENERGY LONDON 📍 FESTIVAL PIER

Melodi and Charlotte are two of the organisers and collaborators of Big Dyke Energy 

https://www.bigdykeenergyldn.co.uk/

*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

Alex BarkerNic Fildes and George Parker

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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THANK YOU ✨

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