Jane Webb is an artist and curator who will be exhibiting a 4-5ft cube which was very much influenced by the Borg cube first introduced in the popular “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series.
The work will be exhibited in one of London’s popular underground crypts beginning September 1, 2008 in a show titled “The illumini Event.”
Besides showcasing her own art, Webb will act as the events curator highlighting a mixed show of 15 other artists. The exhibition will have its theme based on light and will be available for viewing by everyone, including its opening night usually reserved for Pv. One the first night free live entertainment jugglers, light shows and fire performers will be on hand as well.
Webb designed her cube from recycled computer and electronic components. It is illuminated and the top of the cube will be a futuristic cyber-city made from miniature cubes cast in glass , metal and resin.
The piece of art is currently still a work in progress but you can get an idea of how unique her art is from the pictures.
Along with the cube, Webb will be exhibiting her cybernetic humanoid sculptures which will illuminate the walls of the studio.
Some of her past works have appeared in the London Sci-fi Film Festival this past May.
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Jane Webb explains her art:
At present my experimental sculptures and installations are influenced by technological advancements in the area of prosthetics and cybernetics. For example, the rapid human advancement in cybernetic technology, at the Southampton University â€œThe Southampton Handâ€.
Even though my art is perceived as science fiction, it is however heavily influenced by everyday science fact! After all science fiction plays a important roll in the science of the future.
We use tools such as computers and internet which extends our visual memory and other powers beyond what our human bodies are capable of. Initially technology was created as a time saving device and memory aids. However, we now appear to be co-dependent on them. Is technology acting like a virus destroying our humanity and turning us into cybernetic humanoids! Our perceptions are that technology is speed, efficiency and enhancement. The mobile phone is like a portable life support machine, the average person already looking like a cyborg with a blue tooth attachment to their ear, a digital watch strapped to their wrist and plugged into an iPod. It does make you wonder how close we are to becoming cyborgs already! — Jane Webb
About the Illumini Event:
Illumination extravaganzaâ€¦. 15 artists come together to Create an extraordinary exhibition of light in an underground crypt.
The Crypt, St Pancras Church
Euston Rd / Dukeâ€™s Rd, London, NW1 2BA (nearest tube Euston Station)
4th September â€“ 17th September
Open daily 11am- 7pm Free Admission
Opening Night Thursday 4th September 6pm â€“ 9pm Free Admission all welcome
Mercedes Altuna, Madi Boyd, David Chalkley, Vincenzo Di Maria, Lewis Hayward, Caroline Lambard, Jayne Lloyd, Liz murfitt, Adrian Navarro, Silviu Pascalin, Suzan Swale, Matthew Swift, Andrea Tyrimos, Jane Webb and Deon Winter.
Illumini is supported by Mathmos, who will be displaying a range of their latest products.