Alumnus to create major new art installation for Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Where do we go from here installation

An Oxford Brookes University graduate is to create a choreographed robotic light installation celebrating Hull’s year as UK City of Culture.

Jason Bruges, Founder and Creative Director of the award-winning art collective Jason Bruges Studio studied architecture at Oxford Brookes, graduating in 1994.

On display from 1 December to 7 January 2018, the art installation, entitled Where Do We Go From Here? will use a specially choreographed interplay of light, shadow and sound to guide people through three key locations in Hull's Old Town.

It has been designed to  encourage people to explore the city's night-time streets as dormant robots awaken, responding to the city's architecture, interacting with one another and with Hull's residents and visitors. The commission's exhilarating mix of art and technology embodies key themes for Hull as it reflects on a successful year as UK City of Culture and looks towards the future.

Each location will feature a different configuration of re-purposed industrial robots of varying sizes and at different levels, from ground to rooftop. The robots will communicate through woven networks and act as light guides creating kinetic animations resulting in an inquisitive acquaintance with the city.

I feel that my time 1991-1994 studying BA (Hons) Architectural Studies was extremely formative in my explorations in architecture, technology, art and performance in terms of preparing for this epic temporary transformation of the public spaces of Hull UK 2017 City of Culture.

Jason Bruges, Founder of Jason Bruges Studio and Oxford Brookes University alumnus

Jason Bruges, explains: "This one of a kind intervention explores the relationship between people and technology through light, architecture and wonder, and will allow Hull’s inhabitants and its many visitors to witness a playful manipulation of light, responding to the city's unique geometries, built environment and embedded history."

Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, comments: "A key element of Hull's year as UK City of Culture has been the use of technology, to tell stories and to show the city in new ways. We're therefore thrilled to be working with Jason Bruges, who has a fantastic reputation for the way he uses light and technological innovation.”

Speaking about his time at Oxford Brookes, Jason said: “I feel that my time 1991-1994 studying BA (Hons) Architectural Studies was extremely formative in my explorations in architecture, technology, art and performance in terms of preparing for this epic temporary transformation of the public spaces of Hull UK 2017 City of Culture.

“During the course I experimented with dynamic kinetic architecture and the technology associated with it - building performances in the quad and media installations as part of my course work; this informed how I run my art and design studio in London with a lab and workshop being integral to how we prototype and design.”

Where Do We Go from Here? will be free to attend and is supported by Arts Council England and Spirit of 2012. 

Established by Jason Bruges in 2002, Jason Bruges Studio is recognised for its work in public art and interactive environments. Visit www.jasonbruges.com

Interested in studying architecture at Oxford Brookes? Visit the School of Architecture website for available courses and more information.