Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg bring the 19th Century connection between English mountain climbers and Swiss alpine tourism into the digital age by creating an interactive portrayal of the mountain landscape from their childhood holidays. They have created a digital panorama from the fictitious Gleissenhorn mountain region where their virtual hotel Vue Des Alpes is located.
Monica Studer & Christoph van den Berg
For their first UK exhibition Swiss artists Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg bring the 19th Century connection between English mountain climbers and Swiss alpine tourism into the digital age by creating an interactive portrayal of the mountain landscape from their childhood holidays.
Transforming BALTICâ€™s Level 2 gallery space, Studer/van den Berg have created a digital panorama from the fictitious Gleissenhorn mountain region where their virtual hotel Vue Des Alpes is located (http://www.vuedesalpes.com). Visitors to the exhibition will encounter a large-scale print, the full height of the space, portraying a scene in which they are invited to participate by sitting and enjoying the breathtaking view while their presence is captured on a live camera. The livecam puts visitors and scenery together in a fictitious montage and broadcasts the images on a website which can be viewed online at http://projects.balticmill.com for the duration of the exhibition (from 9 July until 4 September). Although the camera view of the installation can
be accessed from home, those who wish to be in the digital illusion must visit the exhibition at BALTIC.
Working entirely from memory and using 3D modelling software packages, the artists have painstakingly authored the works in the exhibition. Package Holiday also includes a weather webcam, as well as a life-size projection of the Gleissenhorn waterfall. Package Holiday is a new commission curated by BALTIC. Monica Studer was born in 1960 in Zurich and Christoph van den Berg
was born in 1962 in Basel. The artists have been collaborating on new media projects since 1991 and on internet projects since 1996. Studer/van den Bergâ€™s recent work includes a Landis & Gyr Foundation residency, during which they built an installation for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2005 Worldâ€™s Fair in Aichi Japan.
For further press information or images contact Nina Byrne, Media Officer on 0191 440 4915 / email email@example.com
Notes to Editors
Package Holiday Activities & Events:
For more information or to reserve a place on any event listed call 0191 478 1810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition Opening Keynote talk:
Oliver Grau Virtual Panoramas
Saturday 9 July, 14.00-16.00
FREE Level 1 Performance Space
Oliver Grau, an art historian and media scientist based in Berlin, will speak about virtual space and panoramas in relation to Package Holiday.
Package Holiday talk:
History of Tourism and the Package Holiday
Tuesday 12 July, 14.00-15.00
FREE Level 1 Cinema
Dr Bob Gibson, tourism researcher, writer and lecturer, will give an introduction to the history of tourism and its relationship to the package holiday
ADULT COURSES & SEMINARS
Package Holiday Adult Course
Tuesday 9 August or Saturday 20 August 14.00-15.30
FREE, Level 2 Library
BALTIC New Media Curator Sarah Cook will lead a session looking at closed circuit & web-based camera capturing in contemporary art
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS FOR FAMILIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Summer Holiday Family Leaflet
Saturday 9 July â€“ Sunday 4 September, FREE
Pick up a free family booklet during your visit which will help you explore Monica Studer and Christoph van den Bergâ€™s exhibition Package Holiday. Features activities to do at BALTIC and at home.
Pretend Picnic for under 5 yr olds
Monday 11 or Wednesday 13 July
10.30 or 11.30, Â£2 per child
Artist Sally Madge hosts a pretend picnic and introduces Monica Studer and Christoph van den Bergâ€™s exhibition Package Holiday to young audiences. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions last 30 minutes.
Summer Holiday Workshops
Friday 12 August
Under 7 year olds 10.30-12.30
(Children must be accompanied by an adult)
7-10 year olds 14.00-16.00, Â£3 per child
Work with artist Cath Campbell and use messy materials and everyday objects to make an artwork inspired by Package Holiday.
Package Holiday Video Games Drop-in
Saturday 13 August
11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00 FREE, Level 1
Drop in and play Travelogue, an online game created by Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg along with other video games. Pre-booking is not required.
Summer Holiday Course for 11-13 year olds
Monday 15 â€“ Wednesday 17 August
11.00-16.00, Â£18 per participant
Work with an artist for three days to make artwork inspired by Package Holiday.
BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, UK. BALTIC presents a constantly changing, dynamic and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events with a strong emphasis on new commissions. BALTIC has welcomed more than 1.8 million visitors, since opening to the public in July 2002.
Image: Monica Studer/Christoph van den Berg In den Bergen (2005) detail of the installation Mountain Top for BALTIC. Â© Studer/van den Berg. With thanks to Nicolas Krupp, Basel.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road
Monday-Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 20.00
Last entry half an hour before closing