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Ice Age Art
Arrival of the Modern Mind

The British Museum


Client - The British Museum, London
Multiscreen video installation by David Bickerstaff for Newangle
Exhibition designed by Gary Egleton

Ice Age art was created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago and many of the pieces are made of mammoth ivory and reindeer antler. These exceptional pieces are presented alongside modern works by Henry Moore, Mondrian and Matisse, illustrating the fundamental human desire to communicate and make art as a way of understanding ourselves and our place in the world.

Newangle was commissioned to produce an audio visual experience that would give visitors a sense of what it would be like to explore the inside of a paleolithic cave. Constructed inside a black box, the video installation draws on symbols and images found in caves such as Chauvet, Lascaux and Pech Merle. The exhibit is an abstract animation of flash frames and flame lit walls that evoke an entoptic and immersive experience with sound augmenting the animation across multiple speakers.

   
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