QUAD

QUAD
Market Place
Cathedral Quarter
Derby
Derbyshire
DE1 3AS
England

Website

www.derbyquad.co.uk

E-mail

info@derbyquad.co.uk

Telephone

Box Office

01332 290 606

Admin

01332 285 444

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Q Arts and Metro Cinema have joined forces with Derby City Council to create a cultural partnership, which is set to reinforce Derby's growing reputation on the national cultural scene.

Our vision is for QUAD to be a dynamic, regional centre for contemporary visual arts and media, international in outlook, yet firmly rooted in Derby's unique cultural mix.

QUAD will be about creativity. It will promote excellence in visual arts, film and media and stimulate innovative and exciting collaborations between these and other creative enterprises. QUAD will do this through film and visual arts exhibition, production opportunities, facilities and studios, and participation, education and training programmes.

QUAD will be a welcoming and inspiring meeting place for all, bringing cultural vibrancy into the heart of Derby's city centre.

QUAD believes that everyone should have the chance to engage as both audiences and participants in the very best of visual arts and media.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Building opening 09:00 - 23:00 Monday - Sunday
Box Office 11:00 - 21:00 Monday - Sunday

Admission charges

Gallery, BFI Mediatheque free
Cinema £7.80- £5.00

Getting there

Exit M1 at J25, take the A52 towards Derby and follow signs to the City Centre / Cathedral Quarter. The nearest car park is the multi-storey Assembly Rooms, otherwise Chapel Street car park or Parksafe on Bold Lane are both a short walk away.

Derby is a famous rail centre with 31 fast daily services to London St Pancras, a journey that takes less than two hours. Direct rail services connect Derby with Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, Plymouth and many other destinations.

Derby Train Station is just over one mile away from QUAD, so it is a quick taxi journey or a 15-minute walk.

East Midlands Airport is approximately 20 minutes drive from QUAD and Birmingham International Airport is about a 45 minute drive, providing extensive air links to most European and worldwide destinations.

Additional info

There is a hoist, please bring your own harness. The battery is stored behind reception, please ask to use it.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gibson/ Martelli, White Island, 2014, Installation, Interactive Virtual Environment, Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset, Custom Interface, 5.1 Surround Audio (detail). Courtesy of the Artists

80º N by Gibson/Martelli

  • 13 December 2014 — 8 February 2015

QUAD presents a trilogy of works by artists Gibson/Martelli. 80º N is the result of a four year research project that centres on Arctic exploration. The 80º North parallel is the line of latitude where the Polar region begins. The Gibson/Martelli trilogy considers this navigational concept from three different perspectives:

In Search of Abandoned responds to a marker on the Google Maps for Spitsbergen that is labelled ‘Abandoned’. The artists sought to rediscover this location, both physically during a residency Martelli attended in Svalbard, and also through a computer generated virtual experience.

White Island draws on S. A. Andrée’s doomed Polar balloon expedition of 1897. Attempting to reach the Pole, Andrée’s balloon crashed on the ice near Kvitøya (White Island). The three expedition members perished, and their final campsite was only located in 1930. Consulting textual and photographic documentation left by the original expedition members, Gibson/Martelli built a computer generated world using height map data and game engine technology.

In Perfect Circle, a 100 year old Dutch sailing vessel, *Noorderlicht*, makes a 360º turn in an attempt to describe a perfect circle in the sea near the Monacobreen Glacier.

In its attention to the expansive frozen lands and seas of ice, the exhibition contemplates the overwhelming might of nature, its beauty and its vulnerability. In each project, the artists depart from classical representations of heroic voyages of discovery enabled by engineering mastery. Gibson/Martelli invite the viewer to observe the Arctic from a first-person perspective. Employing immersive techniques from virtual reality and video games, the viewer’s panoramic gaze is transformed by individual agency. In these spaces science & fiction merge, addressing the position of the self in relation to nature and technology - imagined & experienced views of place where invention and memory collide.

“Gibson and Martelli’s work pushes both the capacity of cutting edge visualization technology and our understanding of where contemporary art can take us.” - CAFKA Biennial Director Gordon Hatt, 2014

Ruth Gibson & Bruno Martelli see their practice as an ongoing investigation into simulacra and the sublime underpinned by the tradition of figure and landscape. They make environments and performances using print, video and computer games. Known as igloo from 1995 - 2010, their first work together won them a BAFTA nomination. They exhibit in galleries, theatres and festivals around the world including The Detroit Institute for Art, the Barbican, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, The Royal Opera House, Royal Festival Hall & 52nd Venice Biennale. Bruno lectures at AA School of Architecture, Slade & Goldsmiths College; while Ruth is Creative Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University's School of Art & Design. Their work can be found in private and public collections including Sarah Meltzer Gallery, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art & the British Film Institute. www.gibsonmartelli.com

80ºN by Gibson/Martelli is produced in association with QUAD, supported by Arts Council England and CAFKA14 - with generous sponsorship from Christie Digital & WorldViz.

Gibson/ Martelli are QUAD Digital Fellows for 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/80%C2%BA-n-gibsonmartelli

Getting there

Exit M1 at J25, take the A52 towards Derby and follow signs to the City Centre / Cathedral Quarter. The nearest car park is the multi-storey Assembly Rooms, otherwise Chapel Street car park or Parksafe on Bold Lane are both a short walk away.

Derby is a famous rail centre with 31 fast daily services to London St Pancras, a journey that takes less than two hours. Direct rail services connect Derby with Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, Plymouth and many other destinations.

Derby Train Station is just over one mile away from QUAD, so it is a quick taxi journey or a 15-minute walk.

East Midlands Airport is approximately 20 minutes drive from QUAD and Birmingham International Airport is about a 45 minute drive, providing extensive air links to most European and worldwide destinations.

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