Be Here, Now by Daniel Regan & Antonia Attwood is an exhibition for FORMAT17 and is an INSIDE commission of new works for QUAD and D-Lab in partnership with LEVEL, Junction Arts and DASH. INSIDE is a Disability Arts commissioning programme led by DASH with funding from Arts Council England. Additional funding for Virtual Reality artworks from Arts Council England.
Artists Daniel Regan & Antonia Attwood explore the soothing qualities of natural spaces in their immersive exhibition Be Here, Now, combining virtual reality, video, photography and sound through a series of installations. The artists — both working in the field of mental health and well-being — have responded to the theme of Habitat for FORMAT17 by examining how various landscapes can be used to create calm, offer safety and provide respite in today’s fast moving world.
From the late summer of 2016 the artists were in residence at QUAD and began with a research period into what constitutes a safe space by asking strangers to anonymously contribute their own thoughts. Overwhelmingly the greatest amount of responses involved being amongst nature: the sounds of the sea and water; being amongst forests and in open fields; the therapeutic act of walking or simply curling up by the warmth of a fire.
In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs security is cited as one of the fundamental human needs, required before humans can move on to secondary or higher level needs. The artists’ intrigue into how we feel safe or soothed took them on various journeys into the landscape recording the sights, sounds and light across England. The resulting exhibition is the culmination of these journeys, physically constructed into individual thematic rooms designed for positive well-being. Viewers are invited to immerse themselves into the senses of the land and switch off from the frenetic pace of modern life.
BSL tour, wheelchair access