Look About

09 March 2012

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Jon Adams, Seismic Book One Video 7. Copyright © Jon Adams.Jon Adams, Seismic Book One Video 7. Copyright © Jon Adams.

Look About is a two-year mapping and collecting project led by Portsmouth based artist and geologist Jon Adams created in response to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the South East of England. The project aims to bring a deeper level of understanding to 2012 through a number of elements of a wider art project  –  including a special sound installation called Look About: Transmission.

The exhibition is currently on show at Southampton City Gallery until March 31st and other elements of this intriguing 2012 inspired project are also currently at Portsmouth University Gallery.

Look About will be touring the South East this year – before, during and after the 2012 Games –and the touring show will include elements of research material that Jon has gathered from around the South East – including illustrations and ‘fossils’, such as hair clips, napkins and train timetables. In particular, Look About: Transmission a sound installation is a screen-based work which features film, animation and sound works inspired by Jon’s mapping of Cultural Olympiad events in the South East.

Fig 7:1 Initial correlation of ‘Ermeroceras constans’ zone, part of Jon Adams’ recent Look About: ‘Artifacts’ and ‘Transmissions’ exhibition. Copyright © Jon Adams.

This artistic and creatively driven, multi layered project weaves together science and art; digital and analogue and Jon’s autobiographical experiences of Dyslexia and Aspergers.

Jon is creating the project in partnership with some 25 or so South East Cultural Olympiad projects which are all led by disabled people, he either interacts as an active participant or as a creative observer.

Before becoming an artist, Jon Adams was a trained geologist; however he abandoned this skill to become a book illustrator and kept his love for geology and his love for sounds as a private passion. Jon’s journey started with the first stone he picked up at the age of six, the same year when he first had his portrait drawn he decided he wanted to be an artist. Brought up in a musical family, Jon has always ‘listened’ and had a desire to create music around the landscape. Recently with the advent of computer generated sounds he has been able to develop new and unusual methods of sound synthesis and generation.  This is the first time he has had a chance to present  his ‘sound sculptures’.

At the end of the project, post Games, Jon will be able to use his extraordinary ability to systemise to bring all these elements and his many skills together to illustrate the impact of the Games on the cultural sector through creating a new geological map of the South East.

Look About is part of Accentuate, a transformational programme of 15 projects  inspired by the Paralympic Movement and which seek to change perceptions and offer opportunities to showcase the talents of Deaf and disabled people. Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK, SEEDA and regional development agencies including Arts Council England. The home of Accentuate is Screen South.


For more information visit:  www.london2012.com/events/look-about.php


Follow the project on Twitter @ace_southeast  and @soundcube


Post by the artist Jon Adams.

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