Involving art that asks some tough questions of you
AN interactive art exhibition at the Knowle West Media Centre is challenging viewers' perceptions about their relationships.
Who Are You is a digital video installation that questions how we perceive and interact with other people can change the more we know them.
The exhibition was previewed on Wednesday evening and opened yesterday, with dozens of people visiting to try it out.
At the start of the installation viewers choose a character they would like to hear from.
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As they pass through the exhibition space and approach a screen onto which the character is projected, its "personality", behaviour and body language change.
The installation is the work of Polish digital artist Patrycja Cudak, the centre's artist-in-residence and a lecturer at the University of the West of England.
She said: "The opening went really, really well. People seemed to be amazed by it, which was really pleasing, and there was positive feedback from everyone."
Ms Cudak designed the installation to explore an interest in what happens to people when they form a close relationship with someone and find they have particular habits.
She was inspired by a good friend after discovering she had an eating disorder.
Ms Cudak said: "I was really shocked and wanted to help her, but couldn't.
"So with this I wanted to explore the theme of where you find something out about someone after making a close relationship with them.
"Someone can be confident and friendly on the outside, but when you get into an intimate space something changes and you see them more in depth, what is behind the mask of the person."
Ms Cudak says she is delighted with the results of her art installation.
She said: "I think people have experienced that feeling for themselves, of making a relationship with someone and then crossing a social and personal distance.
"I am really pleased with it. Next I want to work with interactive media, and I would like to go more into public spaces and try to use mobile phones or iPhones to explore psychology and surrealism."
Rachel Clarke, from the Knowle West Media Centre, said: "The first night went really well and there were lots of people there.
"Visitors can only go through one at a time, but they were going back for a second and third go.
"We all have relationships and interact with other people. You see yourself in it and question your own relationships. It is a great opportunity to explore digital media and art in action.
"We really are trying to get everyone in Bristol interested in digital and video art, and make it accessible to anybody."
The installation will be at the Knowle West Media Centre on Leinster Road today from 10am to 5pm and tomorrow from noon to 4pm.