Art Projects

Featured here are Laurel’s video-art projects from her BA Photography degree course at LCC, University of the Arts London.

DIGITAL DETOX II

(Footage and audio copyright Laurel Turton 2016)

This installation was created for my final year degree show at London College of Communication – June 2016.


RA LATES | THE GARDEN AT NIGHT INSTALLATION

Every month the Royal Academy of Arts holds a ‘Late’ event to coincide with their latest exhibition. The Garden at Night event, which took place on 12th March 2016, was inspired by Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition.

My commission was to make an immersive installation in one of the RA’s Fine Rooms for the event. My ‘Meditation Garden’ aimed to heighten the viewers’ senses by immersing them in a green light and sweet floral fragrances. They were invited to relax on beanbags and artificial grass while watching a video installation featuring scenes with scientifically calming colours.

Photo credit: Hansika Jethnani.

(Footage and audio copyright Laurel Turton 2016)


DIGITAL DETOX I

Slow down and take a breath. Our digital, fast-paced, urban lives have left us seeking solace in taking time away from it all and from our screens. Perhaps we feel an increased desire to surround ourselves in nature, whether it’s artificial or authentic, in order to recharge and detox from the digital. An ironic juxtaposition that intrigues me is that we can console ourselves from the digital in a digital environment by, for example, using a picture of a paradise beach as our desktop background on our laptop. Our comfort with digital technology in our daily lives means the distinction between what is real and what is virtually simulated is becoming blurred.

(Footage and audio copyright Laurel Turton 2015)


ESSENTIALLY BRITISH

While on my exchange semester in Germany I affirmed my British heritage with this video about tea. The subtlety of the everyday creates a moment of calm among what can be a sometimes hectic life. A digital detox is created with detox tea.

(Footage copyright Laurel Turton 2015)


TECHNOLOGY REHAB

Inspired by Pipilotti Rist’s 2014 exhibition Worry Will Vanish this video provides a relief from technology by taking the viewer on a journey through nature and the body. The bleak aesthetic and score express the inevitable inability to escape digital technoogy in contemporary society.

(Footage and audio copyright Laurel Turton 2015)


ANTISOCIALITUS

1950s Educational Pastiche
In this digital society it is more important now than ever to embrace our awkwardness. If Awkward Joe can overcome his ‘antisocialitus’, so can anyone. The monotonous voice imitates the way we communicate through virtual media.

(Footage and audio copyright Laurel Turton 2014)


CINEMA MUSEUM ADVERT – JAM

This collaboration was the result of a competition held by The Cinema Museum, London. The brief was to create an advert that would raise much needed money to save The Cinema Museum. Our video was selected as one of the finalists.

Contributors:
Laurel Turton
Ella Taylor-Palfrey
Maja Lundburg
Michael Tsang
Sam Walton
Saahil Lodha
(Copyright 2015)

 

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