Exhibition

At Altitude

2 Jun 2018 – 30 Sep 2018

Event times

10-5

Cost of entry

free entry

Towner Art Gallery

Eastbourne
England, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • The 3 (local service) and 12A (from Brighton) stop near the Winter Gardens on Carlisle Rd.
  • Eastbourne Train Station

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At Altitude brings together a range of artworks that explore how our experience of landscape, space and territory has been transformed by the introduction of new aerial views of the world.

About

At Altitude

An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition

At Altitude is a selective look at the historical impact and the continuing appeal of the aerial image. Ranging from the exhilarating viewpoints of early aviation to the all-enveloping but flattening vantage point of Google Earth, the exhibition charts these changing perspectives, illustrating how the wonder of the overhead view was transformed through advances in technology as altitudes became higher and horizons more distant.

An illustration from Thomas Baldwin’s book Airopaidia (1786), “A Circular View from the Balloon at its greatest Elevation” sets the context for At Altitude. The drawing is considered to be one of the first ever ‘real’ aerial views, describing Baldwin’s one day in the air over Chester in 1785. The aerial potential of the local landscape, famously often depicted from an elevated position by Eric Ravilious, provides another source of inspiration. The exhibition then focuses on recent decades, looking at increasingly technological mediations of the landscape, the role of conflict in the elevated view, and how changing methods of observation have inspired and informed artists.

Bringing together works in film, video, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing and installation the exhibition features artists including Jananne Al–Ani, Michael Andrews, Ken Baird, Tacita Dean, Charles and Ray Eames, Simon Faithfull, Mishka Henner, Dan Holdsworth, Kabir Hussain, Peter Lanyon, Christopher R. W. Nevinson, Cornelia Parker, Carol Rhodes and Wolfgang Tillmans, alongside a new installation created by Timothy Prus of the Archive of Modern Conflict and a site-specific commission for Towners Collection by Annabel Howland.

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Exhibiting artists

Charles and Ray Eames

Peter Lanyon

Michael Andrews

Tacita Dean

Simon Faithfull

Christopher R. W. Nevinson

Mishka Henner

Dan Holdsworth

Timothy Prus

Jananne Al–Ani

Ken Baird

Wolfgang Tillmans

Cornelia Parker

Carol Rhodes

Kabir Hussain

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