Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, the project will re-present the exhibition of photogenic drawings staged at King Edward’s School, New Street in 1839 by the inventor William Henry Fox Talbot.
There are four venues lined up for our tour: PhotoLondon at Somerset House in May, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in June, Lacock Abbey in September, and the National Media Museum Bradford in November.
The project lead is artist Mat Collishaw, a visual artist with over 25 years experience exhibiting in galleries worldwide. He is supported by a team including: Paul Tennant at Nottingham University Mixed Reality Lab (part of their computer Science department), VMI Studio and The White Wall Company in London. The Mixed Reality Lab are developing the movement detection side of the project while VMI Studio are recreating our VR room in CG. The White Wall Company will be building the actual room. Work has been underway since January 2016 and we are now moving into the final phase. My partners on Thresholds are Pete James (a photographic historian), Larry Schaaf (an authority on Fox Talbot), The Science Museum, The British Library, The Royal Institution, The King Edward Grammar School, Lacock Abbey and The National Media Museum Bradford.
The project has been kindly supported financially by King Edward's School, Birmingham, The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, Colmore Business District, Birmingham City University and The Art Fund.
More information on the project and the rewards on offer can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1817545913/thresholds-vr
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