CONCEPTUAL DIGITAL ART | INSTALLATIONS | LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
THE NO$TALGIA SHOW
TRANSIENCE | OBSOLESCENCE | TRANSFORMATION | NOSTALGIA/NO$TALGIA
“The idea concerns the fact that this country wants nostalgia.
They want to go back as far as they can - even if it's only as far as last week.
Not to face now or tomorrow, but to face backwards.”
GIL-SCOTT HERON - “B-Movie”
BACK TO THE FUTURE
THE NO$TALGIA SHOW
‘The NO$TALGIA SHOW’ is a long-term series of physical and digital artworks examining Transience, Obsolescence, Transformation, Retro-Utopianism and the Nostalgia/NO$TALGIA phenomenon.
The conceptual thread of The NO$TALGIA SHOW is that the emergence of nostalgia as a fully commoditised cultural phenomenon has ripple effects that reverberate - both subjectively & objectively - through culture, society and politics.
Perhaps nostalgia is just harmless fun… or maybe - like other pleasurable consumer products with side effects - it should carry a warning?
CRIME SCENES was the genesis physical installation & exhibition of pieces from The NO$TALGIA SHOW.
Pieces of iconic audiovisual equipment were wrapped in custom hand-printed yellow hazard tape bearing the stencilled warning slogan “NO$TALGIA”.
The installation ran for four weeks as a fringe event in parallel with Cambridge Open Studios, July 2019.
Selected photographs of the CRIME SCENES exhibits were the key components for a series of digital audiovisual artworks that evolved into the nexus of The NO$TALGIA SHOW series.
CONCEPTUAL DIGITAL ART
FAST-FORWARD / REWIND
‘FAST-FORWARD / REWIND’ is an audiovisual MP4 digital artwork from “THE NO$TALGIA SHOW comprised of a 'dynamic collage’ of physical real world objects.
The visual components - a piece from the CRIME SCENES installation and the background pattern from a MUSIC GRAFFITI painting - are digitally manipulated to create a spectrum of variations that are then assembled to create a dynamic loop-frame video collage.
A 'PHREAK MUSIC' soundtrack accompanies the visual transformations. This soundscape is generated through a feedback creativity loop by scanning the original (background) painting through a series of visual synthesizers to crreate sonic stems that are then mixed into one track.
TRANSIENCER |OBSOLESCENCE | TRANSFORMATION | NOSTALGIA
“Everyone has got to realise you can't hold onto the past if you want any future.
Each second should lead to the next one.”
WARNING - NOSTALGIA AHEAD
The NO$TALGIA SHOW as a concept has evolved beyond its origins as a digital extension of the CRIME SCENES exhibition to include an expanded body of digital artworks that adapt the underlying conceptual thesis to a broader range of subject matter.
The fulcrum that links these works remains the juxtaposition of technological futurism with a cultural fascination for the retrograde. The purpose of highlighting this paradox continues to be the reverberations that ripple out of the conflict between nostalgia and forward progress into culture, society, politics and philosophy/religion.
As with the original MP4 artworks in The NO$TALGIA SHOW, these extended pieces feature a collage of physical items manipulated into digital forms.
LTD EDITION GICLÉE PRINTS
THIRTY FRAMES A SECOND
Fine Art quality giclée prints of selected frames from a number of different NO$TALGIA SHOW digital artworks are available in limited editions of 250.
Printing is fulfilled by an end-to-end carbon neutral specialist professional print lab in London, UK using archival ink on specialist Hahnemühle Pearl 285gsm fine art paper.
All giclée prints are available to purchase from the Zeitwarp HYPERMARKET with free shipping to all global destinations.
Prints are available in a range of standard sizes with custom sizes available on request.
Each one comes with a signed-stamped and numbered Certificate of Authenticity and an artist statement explaining more about the work.
Limited edition exclusive print runs are also available from selected gallery partners and fine art platforms.
THE REVOLUTION IS LIVE
The video artworks within The NO$TALGIA SHOW are collages of physical objects that have undergone a number of digital transformations.
The creation of fine art giclée prints returns these digital artworks back to physical form.
The circle is then completed by adding the digital artwork as an augmented reality layer to the prints.
The video artwork then becomes accessible by viewing a print through the Artivive AR smartphone app.
NOSTALGIA SHOW EXHIBITIONS | IRL | VIRTUAL | METAVERSE
Pieces from the The NO$TALGIA SHOW have been featured in a wide range of both IRL and virtual exhibitions.
RIGHT CLICK / SAVE
The digital MP4 artworks in The NO$TALGIA SHOW are preserved as unique single-edition cryptoart NFT’s via the ZEITWARP smart contract on the carbon neutral NEAR blockchain.
NFT’s as a technology provides a mechanism to enable verifiable and tradeable digital scarcity within an environment of infinite potential reproduction.