Internationally renowned artist John Gerrard is due to give a free public lecture at Teesside University ahead of his solo exhibition at mima.
The lecture will be held between 5.30pm -7.00pm on Wednesday 29 February 2012 at the Centuria building, Victoria Road on Teesside campus, where John Gerrard will be speaking about his career to date, as part of the Culture on Campus series.
Known for being one of the most innovative artists working today, Gerrard has exhibited internationally and delivered high profile public talks at venues including MoMA in New York.
The lecture will explore the ideas behind his work, and his production process, which involves building virtual worlds using customized real-time computer game software. Working with a studio of developers in Vienna, Gerrard has refined his approach to working with technology, to create new sublime virtual landscapes. He will discuss his working process from capturing extensive site photographs and topographical satellite data, to its rendering, storage and collection by museums.
Gerrard will also reference his early residencies in the technology labs at Ars Electronica in Linz to the production of his recent major works that have been shown at the 53rd Venice Beinnale, Manchester International Festival and now at mima.
To book a place for the public lecture, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01642 738233 or visit the Teesside University website.
His mima exhibition, running from 1 March – 1 July 2012, is the UK premiere of two recent works; Cuban School (Community 5th of October) 2010 and Cuban School (Sancti Spiritu) 2011. They are meticulous slow-moving virtual portraits of existing schools constructed in the 1960’s Cuban countryside that are now decaying functional ruins. Both works are infinite in duration, based on a real-time 365-day solar cycle, and powerfully mark the demise of a political vision.
Enjoy the AV Festival launch, exhibitions by John Gerrard, Cyprien Gaillard, Sean Scully, To remind: works of memory and monument, Up the Boro, an M86 Project exhibition, artist talks, family workshops and more in mima's new programme.