igloo is the collective title of Londonbased artist duo Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli whose installations, video works, online projects and performances have featured in international exhibitions and festivals including the 52nd Venice Biennale.
Inspired by the artists? trip to the Canadian Rockies in 2009, VISITOR consists of two newly commissioned installations which continue their investigation into the relationship between the natural and the artificial using game engine and motion capture technologies.
Where the bears are sleeping is a video presenting a series of snow-driven landscapes evoking the beauty and strangeness of the natural world. Immersed in an unsettling stillness disturbed only by the wind and falling snow, the viewer slowly becomes aware of a solitary presence emerging from its surroundings, appearing and disappearing amongst the woods, frozen lakes and hillsides.
Vermilion Lake, the second component of the exhibition, is a full-sized rustic wooden cabin. Once inside this sculptural installation the viewer is taken on an interactive adventure, navigating mountain scenery through the artists? unique rendering of a three-dimensional environment.
This new exhibition plays with our apprehension of different forms of reality by bringing the exterior virtual space into the interior physical space of the gallery.