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New exhibition questions the boundaries of digital art animation

Loop Effect a new interactive art installation exhibition at Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire. Artist and Edge Hill University lecturer Alex Jukes. Picture by Paul Heyes, Tuesday January 29, 2019.

An academic from Edge Hill University has curated an interactive digital exhibition which will be showcased at Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, until May.

Dr Alex Jukes, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Animation, has worked with three other artists to create Loop Effect, an exhibition exploring processes and the potential of loops, rhythms and cycles within digital animation.

Funded by Arts Council England, Loop Effect offers young people aged 13-18 the opportunity to book onto free workshops, that include light painting and games play, listen to talks from the artists involved, and explore the exhibition.

Alex said:

“The digital exhibition area at Chapel Gallery is a wonderful space to explore large scale digital art work and I was delighted to be asked to develop this inaugural digital exhibition for Chapel Gallery. Loop Effect looks at the idea of the repeats and cycles. These are concepts that exist within the fabric of all digital art and animation, but which are often hidden or overlooked. Loops are the foundation of digital production and this exhibition invites viewers to take a closer look and explore these ideas further.”

Alex is an experimental, fine art digital animator who seeks to develop alternative approaches to the creation and presentation of 3D computer generated animation. Before teaching at Edge Hill, he worked in the media industry as a practitioner across a number of fields including 3D modelling, animation, video game production, graphics for television and interactive digital media.

The other artists involved in the exhibition include Cypherdelic, a developer of life simulation video games, Matt Hattler, an artist and academic who works with abstract animation, video installation and audio-visual performance, and Alan Warburton, an award-winning British artist who explores software in contemporary culture.

The workshops and talks that are part of Loop Effect are listed below. Places are limited, email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk to reserve your spot.

Loop Effect will be exhibited at Chapel Gallery until Saturday 4th May. Visit alexjukes.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/loopeffect.pdf to find out more.

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