After months in the planning and making, Fractured Visions: To See Again launched on Thursday 25th September. The evening was, by all accounts, a great success.
Everyone congregated at 6pm in front of Guy’s Chapel to begin the tour of the two installations. We were all astounded by the number of people who turned up to view the augments. It was an amazing sight to see over fifty people pointing their iphones and tablets towards The Shard. Tamiko, who was watching the scene, remarked that it was the largest group ever to access one of her artworks at any one time.
We were also impressed by the diversity of the audience, who ranged from students to academics; those interested in digital art to artists themselves. I even came across a financial analyst who had just seen us setting up and thought it looked interesting!
After everyone had viewed the two installations, Multiplicities and Diffusions, we headed back inside to begin the seminar with Tamiko and Dr. ffytche. Dr. ffytche talked first. He talked about the etymology of palinopsia- how it was originally pali- opsia (to see again) but that over the years an ‘n’ had been inserted. He also talked about some of the different types of palinopsia and what can cause it (more information on this can be found in the free catalogue).
Next Tamiko took to the stage. She talked about what had drawn her to the project and how it fitted with her previous work. It was interesting to hear that when we first approached her with the idea, she had considered using her extant artwork, Art Critic Face Matrix (2012) as a basis for Fractured Visions because some sufferers of palinopsia do see contorted faces. She went on to say, however, that once she began talking with Dr. ffytche she realized the potential scope of the project and decided to try something completely new.
There were a great many questions from the floor, for both Tamiko and Dr. ffytche, which made for a lively and fascinating discussion afterwards. People seemed particularly interested to discover that the project had been just as useful for Dr. ffytche in his research, as it was for Tamiko.
The evening rounded off with everyone milling around drinking wine and chatting about the project amongst themselves. We are thrilled that it has sparked so much debate and hope that it continues to do so throughout the run.