17th and 18th August 2019
“The perpetual vision of that imagined happiness helped me to endure the destruction of my real happiness.” – Marcel Proust
In response to the ArtHouses open call I proposed an iteration of the digital work, Into the Horizonoftheinfinite.NET, 2018. In this digital installation a website has been created and displayed on the household television set that shows a single image of a setting sun. The image displayed is embedded from a publicly available web camera and changes regularly as the earth turns. The effect is a roughly hewn, never-ending, view of sunset that embraces the algorithmically networked society we currently find ourselves in. A web camera installed in Victoria Avenue additionally creates a direct link from the local area to its online global presence.
Alan Boxshall . Alexandra Hughes . Bethany Stead . Betty and the Rat . Bronwen Buckeridge . Catrin Huber . Chris Fielder . Foundation Press . Georgia Bates . Harriet Plewis . Helen Pailing . James Bryant . Kathleen James . Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau & Hamish Macpherson . Peter J Evans . Petra Szemán . Sarah Bowker-Jones . Stephen Hurrel
ArtHouses is an artist led project which offers new situations to develop and present artworks, engaging new audiences with contemporary arts practice and contributing to the sense of community in Whitley Bay.
The event gives a vibrant focus to the conversations between artists and householders hosting the works, who become advocates for the artwork, enabling them to share it with a wider public during the event.
Artworks are selected from an open call in dialogue with the residents hosting the artwork. The engagement and trust built through this process generates valuable conversations around the artwork and creates unique situations in which to exhibit and view artwork.
ArtHouses was initiated by artist Tracey Tofield in 2010 as a part of Whitley Bay Film Festival. Since 2017 the project has been managed by Sophie Buxton alongside a team which has brought in new members each year and has included Tracey Tofield, Lois Hobby, Rob Smith, Sneha Solanki, Lesley Guy and Alan Boxshall.
ArtHouses is supported through National Lottery Funding from Arts Council England and by Whitley Bay Big Local
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time: Madame Swann at Home, trans. C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, and Terrence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright. (New York: The Modern Library, 2003), 226.