MAT COLLISHAW: THRESHOLDS

Jaw dropping, that is what Mat Collishaw Thresholds is.  Ground breaking, amazing all those words.  Back in 1839 William Henry Fox Talbot presented his photographic prints to the public for the first time at an exhibition at King Edward’s School in Birmingham.  Now using the wonders of virtual reality you can experience that display.

Mat Collishaw Thresholds

First of all you get kitted out with a backpack headset and earphones.   Once that’s all on you feel strangely disorientated unable to see or hear anything.

Then the lovely person who kitted you out in all the tech, murmurs reassuringly to you and leads you up the ramp.  One step over the threshold is the jaw dropping moment.

Anybody looking at you would see a woman in a white room.  What you see is …..

Thresholds, an early test visualisation ©Mat Collishaw
…. this!  Sounds start to play in you ear drawing attention to different corners of the room.  A fire roars in a grate, not only do you see the flames you feel the heat.  Mice run across the furthest reaches of the room.  The vitrines are filled with images in the manner of the early photographs.  As you are in the magic of a virtual world you don’t just peer down through the virtual glass, you can pick the photos up and examine them.

Mat Collishaw, wet colloidal print. Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern
Thresholds is on show at Somerset House as part of Photo London (you can read more about my visit to Photo London here)  but will stay open until June 11.  You need to be 14 to be able wear all the equipment, I reckon that this has to be the coolest thing to do with teens this half term, the Junior CW’s have tickets.

MAT COLLISHAW: THRESHOLDS
River Rooms, Somerset House
18  – 21 May 2017  open at some time as Photo London
22 May – 11 June 2017 10am – 6pm Saturday – Tuesday, 11am – 8pm Wednesday – Friday
click here to book
Admission: £4.50 adults, £3.50 students

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PHOTO LONDON 2017

Love photographs?  Then Photo London 2017 is the place for you.  For four days Somerset House is to become a temple to photography.  One huge marquee, two wings and four floorswill be home to 89 galleries, 5 exhibitions and 1 mind blowing Virtual Reality work of art.

Photo London 2017

When I first glimpsed this picture across the crowed marquee I thought that it was a monochrome mountainous landscape and was intrigued to know more.  As I got closer I realised that it is the tail of a giant Iguana.  As with most of the images on display, this Sebastiao Salgado photo is for sale.  I could happily spend hours looking it, the reflections, the oily swirls, the textures and imagining what the rest of the Iguana looks like.  I wonder if Mr CW feels the same?

Photo London 2017

Wandering along the corridors of Somerset House, each door is open inviting you to wander in to see what each gallery has to offer.  People have come from all over the world to exhibit at Photo London 2017, this is Galerie Johannes Faber from Vienna.

Most of pictures will be packed up and taken away after the show finishes but one work of art that will remain is Thresholds by Mat Collishaw.   Look at Thresholds with the naked eye and all you will see is a white room.  Put that backpack and headset on and you are in the nineteenth century viewing one of the world’s first photography exhibitions.  You need to be at least 14 to go in but I reckon this has to be the coolest thing to do with teens this half term in London.  You can read more about my Threasholds experience here.

Photo London 2017

No large scale event seems to be complete nowadays without a pop-up restaurant and Photo London 2017 is no exception.  TABLE is an offshoot Skye Gyngell’s Spring, it will offer a £20 three course set menu that aims to have as little food waste as possible.

Interesting fact:  Somerset House was the world’s first purpose build office block.

PHOTO LONDON 2017
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
18 May – 21 May 2017
Open: Midday – 8.30pm
Admission: Day tickets £25, Family tickets £65, weekend pass

THRESHOLDS
River Rooms, Somerset House
18  – 21 May 2017  open at some time as Photo London
22 May – 11 June 2017 10am – 6pm Saturday – Tuesday, 11am – 8pm Wednesday – Friday
Needs to be booked and paid for separately to Photo London, click here to book
Admission: £4.50 adults, £3.50 students

Before you go ….. it would make me very happy if you nominated me for one of these amazing awards

BritMums