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SOLAR: Walking at the Speed of Light

Date: From Tuesday 14 March 2017 to Thursday 23 March 2017
Venue: Sheffield institute of Arts Gallery, Cantor Building

SOLAR is a collaborative arts and technology project that maps the solar system across the city of Sheffield to the nearby Peak District through a series of specially commissioned artworks and a related walking app.

This exhibition of the artwork for the SOLAR project runs concurrently with the promotion of the SOLAR app. The exhibition is intended to both promote the app based project and showcase the artwork, comprised of video and photography work, in a gallery setting.

Six members of Walking Arts Research Group at Sheffield Hallam University were commissioned to produce new artworks in response to the eight planets of our solar system each of which they assigned to a location at a distance from the centre of Sheffield representing the relative orbit of the planet measured at a scale where the average walking speed represents the speed of light.

The artists worked in collaboration with external organisations Opus Independents and Epiphany VR to create a free, interactive app that guides a walking trail beginning with the Sun in the Peace Gardens and ending with Neptune situated in Woodlands Valley close to Snake Pass and Ladybower Reservoir.

The project is an extension of the research work of members of the Media Arts Research Walking Group at Sheffield Hallam that provides a collaborative space for the investigation of cross practice creative production linked to a range of walking practices.

SOLAR was a commission for the CATALYST Festival of Creativity, Sheffield supported by the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.

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