AF nominee Alan Warburton to open experimental exhibition at arbyte gallery


Alan Warburton

16 October – 19 December 2020

“We’ve gone through the looking glass and been turned inside out by computation, into a new post-photographic world of synthetic images.”

arebyte Gallery presents a new commission by UK based artist Alan Warburton. RGBFAQ comprises a research-led experiential exhibition in which the audience navigates a “black-box” set populated by gigantic geometric sculptures. Warburton’s ambitious new video essay will be
projection mapped onto this sculptural background, expanding the form of his popular video essays (Goodbye Uncanny Valley, Fairytales of Motion) into an immersive 3D space, with a soundtrack by Jacob Samuel.

This post-photographic origin story bridges x-rays and z-buffers, radar and Pixar, video games and machine learning, concluding with insights into how synthetic data is changing the nature of vision forever. Informed by the latest development in machine learning and computer graphics, as well as Warburton’s ten years working in animation, RGBFAQ puts viewers inside software,
and inside software history.

“My process is like a comedian developing a set, but without the laughs,” says Warburton, who describes this spatial video essay as “a cross between a software tutorial and a ghost train ride that channels an episode of late 80s Tomorrow’s World”

RGBFAQ will be open from October 16 – December 19 2020 at arebyte Gallery.

This is a timed exhibition, running every 30 minutes from 1pm – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday.

Visitors are advised to book here in advance.