What is ‘time-based media’? A clock radio? A calendar? How about the tickers that 24-hour news channels plant at the bottom of the screen?
Funnily enough it’s none of those things, at least not in UCL Art Museum’s interpretation. Its latest exhibition examines how video, sound and multimedia are used to create a dialogue between the viewer and the work of art.
The time-based media, in this case, explains exhibition curator Dr Martine Rouleau and UCL Art Museum curator Dr Andrea Fredericksen, are works of art that could change meaningfully with respect to time. That could be a video, experimental film or audio – anything that depends on technology.
This has caused the UCL Art Museum to head into the archives – which hold almost 10,000 different objects given to UCL for various reasons over the centuries – and display multimedia winners of the William Coldstream Prize.
This is an annual purchase prize that enables the museum to acquire work by Slade School of Fine Art students, recognising a student’s particular excellence in any medium.