26 November 2013


If you think you know what a word cloud is, then pay a visit to Panhute, where artist Ian Panhute's installation The Loneliness of Being is quite literally a word cloud. This contemplative work, as the artist describes, "comprises a thousand ever-changing words. Drawn from the Internet (Twitter and Newsfeeds), the cloud is always evolving, always reflecting the now. Some see nothing more than foggy letters. Others see hidden meaning and personal insight." Although you can see the cloud from the landing point (shown above), it's perhaps best seen from inside—take the teleport at the landing point to get closer.

Elsewhere on Panhute are a couple additional artworks, including a re-installed exhibition from 2007, A Passing Moment, a collaboration between artist Ian Upton and archaeologist Steve Wilkes. "At 5:30 pm on Thursday 7th December 2006 the lights in the Aston Webb Rotunda were dimmed and the Leica HDS3000 scanner started to make its record. For ninety minutes an intense shaft of green laser light, stretching vertically from the floor to the centre of the dome crept clockwise around the space. Nothing could escape its gaze..." There's more to read at the exhibition, and I would guess the images (show below) are more impressive in real life, but they look fascinating. Upton's work was discussed in an interview with Rowan Derryth at SL10B, and can be viewed here.

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