A second new commission for the festival is a three-way collaboration that responds directly to the landscape around Wirksworth. Oblique Cartographies is a digital documentary and participation project that uses mobile phone technology to offer visitors multi-sensory, artist-generated walks. Commissioned by D-Lab (Digital Art in Derbyshire) it sees Geoff Diego Litherland together with sound artist, Andrew Brown and photographer, George Miles develop a series of routes, each digitally annotated with layers of field recordings and creative, interactive mapping. As well as the overt presence of raw nature, the project reveals the deep scars in the landscape from historic, industrial quarrying.
A presentation of the project and info for downloading a mobile phone app is part of the main curated exhibition in the Parish Room.
In The Moot Hall, D-Lab will be showing digital commissions from composer Richard Birkin, visual artist Debbie Adele Cooper, and interactive artwork from Will Hurt, Tim Shore’s ‘Thirteen’ and Simon Woolham’s film project ‘Walking out From Home’.
Noriko Okaku’s stunning animation ‘The Interpreter’ will be shown at the Northern Light Cinema on Saturday 10th September.
D-Lab is an exciting digital art project bringing the best new media artists and artworks to a live audience, focusing especially on artists and organisations in Derbyshire and the East Midlands. D-Lab is supported by Arts Derbyshire, Arts Council England and Derbyshire County Council.
The Parish Room