Turner Contemporary stays open late to celebrate painting and Margate’s GEEK gaming festival. Come play with paint, both digitally and physically.
Jeremy Bailey (Toronto) will present his newly commissioned interactive performance which takes playful inspiration from JMW Turner’s interest in the power of landscape and the physicality of Helen Frankenthaler’s approach to painting. Amidst a record year of floods in the UK, Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey imagines a new league of heroes, working day and night to re-imagine land where the sea has swallowed it. He has developed The Future of the United Kingdom, a revolutionary new software that enables artists and the public to be these heroes, using their bodies to create fantastic landscapes in a post-apocalyptic flood zone. The software will augment the user's body by virtually wrapping them in a Japanese videogame-style Gundam suit, complete with terraforming plasma cannon and cloud painting missile brushes. Like the paintings of Turner and Frankenthaler the results will be revolutionary.
Artist David Price will transform the Clore Learning Studio into a painting studio, inviting visitors to create giant paintings using tools and techniques inspired by Helen Frankenthaler. Emrys Plant of Blockcolour will lead screen printing workshops where you can ‘hack’ t-shirts brought from home or purchased from the shop with bright washes of colour inspired by the exhibition.
And Turner Contemporary’s galleries will be open all evening for you to enjoy Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner and see how your creations compare. Turner Contemporary café is also open late, serving hot food and drink to accompany your time at the gallery.
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