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Shot Under the Volcano

Hyatt, J (2017) Shot Under the Volcano. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

A unique multimedia installation: a creative collaboration between artist John Hyatt and UNIFORM, design and innovation company with offices in Liverpool and London: based on a shrine that is mentioned very fleetingly in the Malcolm Lowry's novel Under the Volcano, the shrine of the 'Virgin for those who have nobody with', the artwork builds a unique one-to-one interaction between the viewer and the text of the novel. The installation is for adults only and an official is on hand to authorise participation. The viewer chooses a shot from two bottles of clear liquid – one is pure water, the other is 70% proof firewater and the choice is their own. Sensors detect the preference and calculates an individual fortune by delivering a section of the novel chosen at random for the participant from a bank of digital sound clips narrated and recorded by Hyatt. Fortune-telling through a random selection from a text is known as bibliomancy: an ancient rite usually practiced using Virgil's Aeneid. In Under the Volcano, Lowry's main character, Geoffrey Firmin, uses an Elizabethan text. The installation, Shot Under the Volcano, uses Lowry's novel itself to give prophecy. Shot Under the Volcano was installed at Bluecoat, School Lane, in Liverpool City centre allied to and becoming a part of ‘Under the Volcano, 70 Years On: A Malcolm Lowry Conference’, an international conference held at Liverpool John Moores University. http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/events/3727 An original, intimate, fortune-telling, multimedia art installation incorporating sensor technology, digital print, cardboard sculpture, tequila, water, sound, performance and literature. The new multimedia artwork, Shot Under the Volcano, was inspired by the 1947 novel, Under the Volcano, by Wirral-born author, Malcolm Lowry. The unique installation, Shot Under the Volcano, was the first output from a creative collaboration between the Liverpool-based international artist, John Hyatt, newly-appointed Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of ART LABS in the School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, with Uniform, design and innovation company with offices in Liverpool and London. The work was executed with assistance from the expertise of the team of the Printmaking and Fashion areas of Liverpool School of Art and Design, Hannah Fray, Paul Davidson, and Cathy Reilly; and a community group of highly talented young Liverpudlians, Dot Russell-Gajos, Hattie Russell-Gajos, Nina Butterworth and Theo Butterworth, facilitated by the artists, Amy Russell and Fiona Stirling. The work is the first output from Hyatt's artist's residency at Sensor City, Liverpool's new centre for the development of sensor technologies and industries.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malcolm Lowry; Sensor; John Hyatt; Bluecoat; Multimedia; Installation; School children; Digital Print; Digital Sound; Technology; Conference; International
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Liverpool School of Art and Design
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 09:10
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 09:10
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7147

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