Interview with Rob Blake about Tegnspråk.
The artist Rob Blake’s Tegnspråk exhibition is a live Virtual Reality exhibition. Using the Kopf Kino and free VR software the viewing public is invited into a site-specific participatory exhibition in the centre of Bergen in Korskirkeallmenningen.
The exhibition presents new digital work exploring the proliferation of signs in our daily lives. The ubiquity of signs as tools for market-driven purposes is reimagined in Blake’s work. Tegnespråk is a work developed in collaboration with Mikey Laundry Art Garden (MLAG) and BIT Teatergarasjen. Using motion graphics inside free VR platforms, the exhibition explores how a diverse range of voices can be seen and heard within public space both real and virtual. Using the language and layout of advertising, Blake uses signage for contemplation on democratic participation. What’s more, Tegnspråk investigates how VR technology can tell us something about the way we participate as individuals in a society often separating digital/virtual spaces from the physical forms of our daily lives.