Adam Chodzko + Gretchen Egolf | Beth Collar | Ben Judd | Rory Macbeth | Florence Peake | Paul Becker + Francesco Pedraglio | Way Through | Ian Whittlesea

New live artworks broadcast instantaneously to computers, tablets & mobile phones

9 – 15 July 2014

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Constable's famous pastoral landscapes of rolling farmland, rivers and meadows are the setting for Scene on a Navigable River, a series of new live broadcast artworks, commissioned by Field Broadcast, a live digital broadcasting platform led by artists Rebecca Birch and Rob Smith. After downloading a special Field Broadcast app, the software waits quietly until the artist's work is ready for transmission, when a live video stream opens unannounced on the recipient's computer desktop, tablet or mobile phone.

Field Broadcast have commissioned eight artists to create new works for broadcast from Dedham Vale, location of many of Constable's paintings including The Hay Wain and Flatford Mill (Scene on a Navigable River). Lying somewhere between the real and the imagined in the carefully conserved chocolate box 'heritage landscape' of Flatford Mill and the surrounding area, Scene from a Navigable River forms a fragmented topology of an iconic landscape, exploring both the physical setting and its representation amongst the personal realm of apps, screensavers and gifs.

For seven days in July, new one-off artworks from artists Adam Chodzko & Gretchen Egolf, Beth Collar, Florence Peake, Ben Judd, Paul Becker & Francesco Pedraglio, Way Through, Rory Macbeth and Ian Whittlesea interrupt everyday activities in offices, homes, trains and cafes across the globe delivering impromptu escapes into another world. Some take elements directly from The Hay Wain as their starting point – its characters, cloudscapes or colours; whilst others draw on a geographical feature – the River Stour, the wider landscape and its hidden narratives, or its contemporary presentation. Armed with laptops, video cameras and a 3G internet connection, the artists broadcast their works direct from this historical English Romantic landscape without any editing or post production.

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For further information, interviews and images, please contact Janette Scott Arts PR on or +44(0)7966 486156.

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Funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts and Essex County Council, and supported by the National Trust.

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