The Modal Gallery at the School of Digital Art in Manchester, dedicated to artists working at the forefront of digital technology, presents a solo show dedicated to Rebecca Allen’s work, until April 30th, 2023.
The exhibition, curated by Valentino Catricalà and Thomas Duke, is a path into the work of Rebecca Allen. From the earliest days of computer-generated graphics in the 1970s, Rebecca Allen has shaped how we experience the world through technology – from popular culture to augmented reality. This exhibition brings together pioneering artworks from half a century of innovation, to inspire the digital creatives of tomorrow.
Through her career, Rebecca Allen has experimented with a space where organic and digital meet, her art combining imagination and ability to expand how we see the world. This exhibition shares pioneering work from the 1980s to the present day, exploring the artistic influences that have been present in Allen’s work.
As creative technologists reshape our understanding of art, politics, and social life, the pioneering work of Rebecca Allen offers perspective and inspiration for the journey ahead.
There is a fascination with the movements of human and natural forms – from ballet dancers to flocks of birds – and their translation to the digital. There is a passion for the aesthetics of a living world rendered in a virtual space, for the questions this raises on the future of the body, and ultimately, of the possibilities of human experience.
(from the press release)
Rebecca Allen. A Tangle of Mind & Matter, curated by Valentino Catricalà and Thomas Duke, until April 30th, 2023
images: (cover 1) Rebecca Allen, «Kraftwerk Portrait», 1986. Still from Video Courtesy of the artist (2) Rebecca Allen, «Inside», 2016. Still from VR Installation. Courtesy of the artist