Can you hear me? I can see you!

  • 17 May 2013 - 2 June 2013

This exhibition of prototype communication devices was developed through an experimental workshop and training programme with residents of sheltered and supported accommodation across the North West. Through activities and practical advice sessions, artist collective Re-Dock and artist/educator Jon Turton have worked with Your Housing residents aged 55 to 95 to discuss technological innovations within their lifetimes, whilst exploring the outer limits of emerging telecommunications platforms.

The sessions have acquainted the resident groups with iPads, Skype, social media and online research tools whilst being informed by people's memories and experiences of the early days of electronic communications technology.
A series of prototype devices have been constructed which investigate questions such as "What message would you send to your younger self?" "Can we send a message into space?" "What are the uses of telepresence in an everyday residential setting?"
Can you hear me? I can see you! has drawn inspiration from early theatrical techniques (particularly the peppers ghost effect), representations of teleportation in science-fiction and the domestication of video-conferencing through products and services like Skype (to name just a few starting points!)
Presented as an open sketchbook, the ideas shared in this exhibition are "in-process" with the opportunity for you to test things out.  
Artist prototypes by: Dave Lynch, Sam Meech, Jon Astbury
Collaborators: Re-Dock, residents aged 55+ from across 7 sheltered housing schemes, Jon Turton, Laura Yates 
This project has been commissioned through FACT's Collaboration and Engagement Programme, funded by the Baring Foundation.