For Travellers' Tales, the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) is
bringing together nine international artists who are creating distinctive
new works for the web.
Travellers' Tales is an internet-based visual arts project which explores
how a diverse selection of artists react to the experience of journeying.
Using a wide range of approaches and media, from the text-based short story
to uploaded video clips, each artist uses the platform of the web to draw on
both the pleasure and displacement of travel.
Japanese artist Shimabuku presents a scrolling series of photographs
inspired by the arrival of elephants in 18th century Japan. Hawaiian-based
Gaye Chan creates a photograph album - emptied of images, but punctuated
with a fragmented text written by Lisa Asagi. Anne Tallentire shows a single
image of a Moroccan tile, a simple memento of a recent hotel visit. Chilean
Eugenio Dittborn creates a short story, aided by cartoon imagery, based on
the perils of international adventure. London-based Suky Best forms a
mini-short film by montaging a sequence of seaside postcards, evoking
memories of past summers. Chinese artist Song Dong shows a series of video
clips based on eight different journeys. Keith Khan's short story explores
the self re-invention of his persona whilst on his first trip to India. Lina
Dorado & Luis Cantillo construct a travel guide to an unknown location, its
soundtrack alluding to but never revealing its identity.
Travellers' Tales forms part of inIVA's Tourist season - a series of
exhibitions, online projects and publications which explore how we negotiate
new places. The season highlights the ways in which artists operate as
travellers and visitors, and seeks to capture their interrogation and
absorption of the fundamental nature of a place.
Travellers' Tales is created in collaboration with web designers Hyperkit.
The project coincides with the re-launch of inIVA onLine, created in
partnership with web designers artificial environment.