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Oliver Binnian

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Screen Effect

Screen Effect explores ideas around contemporary versions of the sublime. I want to be the mediator between the real world and the digital world. I am attracted by the idea that in absence, presence becomes more potent, the satisfaction of being somewhere is taken away and replaced by a desire and longing. These desires can be partly appeased by digital simulacra such as Google Earth. In these hyperreal worlds, where you can see everything but experience nothing, there is great power in being able to instantly see images from virtually anywhere in the world. Once arcane views from the summits of mountains can be viewed with little more effort than a click of a mouse. I am fascinated by how these virtual worlds promise so much but in reality are complete failures.

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  • My practice explores ideas around contemporary versions of the sublime. I want to be the mediator between the real world and the digital world. I am attracted by the idea that in absence, presence becomes more potent, the satisfaction of being somewhere is taken away and replaced by a desire and longing. These desires can be partly appeased by digital simulacra such as Google Earth. In these hyperreal worlds, where you can see everything but experience nothing, there is great power in being able to instantly see images from virtually anywhere in the world. Once arcane views from the summits of mountains can be viewed with little more effort than a click of a mouse. I am fascinated by how these virtual worlds promise so much but in reality are complete failures. 

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Illustration, London College of Communications, 2013; BA Sculpture & Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art, 2007
  • Exhibitions

  • Illinformed Group exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; (d)raw Group exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; ‘Flow’, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Group exhibition, Bootsbau Gallery, Berlin, 2014; ‘Light/Materiality’, Second Home, London, 2014; ‘Handborn’, Elephant & Castle, London, 2012
  • Awards

  • Peter Pickard Travel Bursary Award, 2014; Silver, Graph Design Award, 2012
Royal College of Art Royal College
of Art Graduate
Exhibition

25 June –
5 July 2015

Royal College
of Art Graduate
Exhibition