The Owl Project and Ed Carter at Gallery North is part of the award-winning AV Festival's programme of exhibitions around the North East. The exhibition explores the theme of 'harnessing natural energy' and will include wall-mounted prints, sculptural objects, photography and video projection.
The Owl Project is an award-winning collaborative group of Manchester-based artists who share interests in human interaction with technology through the vehicle of process-led art. Artists include Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons who have recently become known for a distinctive range of wooden musical and sculptural instruments that critique human interaction with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new and often disposable technologies.
This exhibition will include examples of their previous work, however, the main focus will be work in progress for their new project FLOW, which is an artwork by Owl Project based on a concept by North East artist Ed Carter. FLOW is one of 12 commissions that will be realised across the UK over the next 3 years, each inspired by their location and celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. FLOW bridges art forms to investigate the theme of 'harnessing natural energy', a concept at the heart of both sporting and artistic achievement.
AV Festival is a biennial festival of electronic arts, including visual art, music and film, which takes place across the urban centres of Newcastle Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Sunderland. The fourth edition of the festival is curated around the theme of energy and includes over 20 new commissions, 14 exhibitions, 28 performances, 10 film screenings and 4 conferences! AV Festival won the Silver Award at the 2009 North East Tourism Awards and the Arts Council England Award at the Journal Culture Awards 2009.