A series of contemporary art exhibitions exploring cultures, communities and environments has launched at Northumbria University’s newly refurbished Gallery North. The first, Upstream Image, explores the journey a digital image must go through before reaching our screen – and the environmental impact this has.
Gallery North is an experimental space featuring exhibitions, talks, seminars, workshops and residencies by Northumbria students, alumni and researchers, as well as collaborations with local artists and organisations.
Following a refurbishment earlier this year, the Gallery has launched its autumn programme of work, curated around the theme of Constructions.
The current exhibition, Upstream Image by artist and Assistant Professor in Animation at Northumbria Paul Dolan, explores the journey a digital image must go through before reaching our screen – and the environmental impact this has.
His work highlights the growing dependency of digital image production on hyperscale data centre infrastructure and uses 3D modelling and real-time computer simulation to allow us to engage with the hidden sites of production and the material cost of digital images.
Speaking about his work, Paul Dolan said: “I’m really pleased to be invited to show at Gallery North. It’s allowed me to push my practice and to take risks with how different audiences can engage with my research.
“Hearing different reactions to the work has reaffirmed my confidence that this research is important and relevant to lots of people’s lives.”
Upstream Image runs until Saturday 22nd October and will be followed by three more exhibitions this year.
- Slung over the bones of a collage – 27 October – 12 November 2022
- Design Feminisms – 17 November – 3 December 2022
- Grace Denton – Taking Stock – 8 December 17 December 2022
• Gallery North, Sandyford Building, Sandyford Road, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8QE | Open Thursdays and Fridays 12 – 4, Saturday 10 – 2 and by appointment | Web: northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/arts/gallery-north