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.
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 …..
…. 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.
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
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Admission: £4.50 adults, £3.50 students