Matt Pyke and Universal Everything in resounding home win at the National Football Museum

By Nick Stockman | 16 May 2014

Having won a visit from Matt Pyke in the Connect10 competition, the National Football Museum enjoyed a world premiere for Museums at Night

A photo of a museum lit up by glowing purple lights at night
Universal Everything - the artist formerly know as Matt Pyke - premiered Transformer at the National Football Museum, inviting would-be chanters, mumblers and part-time raconteurs to step on to a spotlighted podium and trigger a giant, morphing video image through the power of their vocals.

This was a celebration of the intimate on a public scale. What could have been an intimidating experience turned into something much more powerful, as the participant's utterings were not amplified to the room.

Yet the slightest sound from the microphone caused the on-screen image to change shape, colour and dimensions, with sudden calibrations in volume causing fragmentation and explosion.

This was more than a throwback to pre-smartphone era screensaver times, playing with the power balance between the user and technology, with the potential to spin off in multiple directions.

The museum should be applauded for embracing this kind of digital art, demonstrating that the Urbis building has a great future as a base for large-scale participatory art events.

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