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As night falls, masked performers, surreal 3D ‘Mutoids’ and a 1000-year-long musical composition will transform the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
Ten interactive installations and activities created by staff and students at Goldsmiths will render the familiar strange and cast the museum in a new light.
From immersive VR and digital palm readings to enigmatic instructions in red envelopes, themes of decolonisation, ritual, and the dawn of the Anthropocene will be explored in specially commissioned responses to the Horniman’s collections.
Licensed bars and street food will be available.
A sneak preview of some of the projects and people involved:
- Mutator VR - Two immersive VR experiences developed by pioneering Goldsmiths computer artist William Latham and collaborators.
- Overcurrents - An interactive installation in the Horniman Aquarium interrogating the impact of plastic waste on the world’s ecosystems. Created by students on the MA in Computational Arts.
- The Horniman Palm Reader - Place your hand inside the magical display cabinet and discover the object that reflects your future. Created by Jesse Wolpert, Associate Lecturer in Computing, with Dr Theo Papatheodorou and Tom Chambers.
- The Long Now - During: Adaptive Rhythm – A spatial sound installation and moving image work by Artist Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom using instruments that form part of the Musical Instrument Collection at the Horniman Museum
- Masked-Puja for Meme-Tech-Animals - Plastique Fantastique and Benedict Drew summon the meme-animals and avatars of Zero City through songs, drone-music, electronic-sonic-fictions, mumming-performances and film-projections.
- Mile of String - An evolving web of elastic created by Jose Campos and students from Harris Girls’ Academy to raise questions about access, belonging and welcome.
- Listening Post - A unique listening post relaying a thousand year long musical composition.
- A Guide to the Birds and Animals of Borneo in the Horniman Museum - An experimental self-guided tour of the Horniman’s Bornean specimens that hide complex stories of colonial histories, spiritual realms, and ecological and cultural entanglements.
- It’s a Match! - Pick a card, find your match and let objects be your new algorithms. An interactive treasure hunt created students on the MA Anthropology & Museum Practice.
- Letters from strangers - Red letters throughout the museum hold little moments of peace, reflection or action. Created by Grace Collins, Fine Art Junior Fellow.