Alan’s commission involves creating a computer-generated film that depicts a voyage through a series of detailed but deserted conference rooms, each leading to the next like a hacked video game. Each room will contain the remains of an event: chairs, tables and speaker’s podiums arranged in specific and varied formations. They may be positioned to suggest an uprising, social experiment, art intervention, complex debate or impromptu sports game. These ‘sculptures’ will combine with slogans and quotes (visible on the screen behind the speaker’s stage) from management theory, economics, propaganda, pop lyrics, spiritualism and self-help books. As each room is revealed in turn, the audience will be prompted to focus on the relationship between the text and the event, asking themselves what could have occurred in the space and why. The conference room represents a contemporary ‘forum‘ – a place where people come together to debate, learn and practice belief. It will explore themes of democracy and ideology, group dynamics, power, public space and private wishes. The film has many site-specific possibilities and will hopefully encourage an audience to reflect on how they manifest their own beliefs, hopes and interests as part of a community.
Alan Warburton is an artist working with digital film and images, with an emphasis on CGI. He was born in Stirling, Scotland, studied Critical Fine Art Practice at Brighton University and Visual Effects at Escape Studios in London. Alan splits his time between his art practice and commercial work in 3D animation. This commercial work is crucial to his understanding of modern high-end digital post production techniques and processes. His films often deconstruct digital images to offer a critical reflection on how modern technology extends and alters the traditional discourse around representation. Alan’s work has been broadcast on Random Acts for Channel 4, screened at festivals and exhibited in galleries internationally, including Bristol’s Arnolfini, Manchester’s Cornerhouse and Mark Moore in L.A. Most recently, he was commissioned to create a multi-screen installation for The Photographers Gallery in London. The piece, ‘Spherical Harmonics’, was seen by over 150,000 people and explored how photography is affected by the flexibility of the digital image. The piece recently screened in Berlin and at The Austrian Film Museum as part of an international survey of digital moving image work. Alan also writes a blog cgwtf.com, which explores the emergent issues and practitioners of CGI in moving image work. Most recently, he was commissioned by Animate Projects to create a multi-screen installation for The Photographers Gallery in London.