Several Interruptions is an exhibition celebrating fifteen years of the Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art, and the latest of these Interruptions is Susan Collins’s Cityscape. A pixel by pixel observation of the London skyline from a single vantage point at University College London, the visual transition – too slow to be called cinematic – is certainly dramatic.

The installation beautifully embodies the phrase ‘the city comes alive at night’, with the transition from concrete jungle to dazzling metropolis denoted by the gradual evolution of the still image onscreen. Especially notable is the transformation of the London Eye and the Centre Point building, which act as key focal points in the piece.

The effectiveness of the work is slightly, and unfortunately, compromised by the exhibition space, which is light and airy; the resulting reflections on the display screen can spoil the visual effect of Cityscape, particularly the darker parts of the screen depicting London at night.

Nonetheless, viewing Cityscape is an enjoyable and relaxing experience, and Collins successfully melds art and digital media in an installation that captures the beauty of London.

The Exhibitions runs until 17th April 2011

Admission is Free

4 1/2 Stars


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