Awakening Ceremony, Kara Chin. Courtesy of the artist, 2021. © Kara Chin

Show Real, Kara Chin

For her most ambitious solo exhibition to date, artist Kara Chin will transform Humber Street Gallery into a ‘blue screen’ studio, where sculptures resemble props from a CGI* movie set.

Taking inspiration from the sets of Hollywood’s live action films, such as Disney’s live action film sets, which combine computer generated characters with real actors, Chin is interested in exploring the boundaries between the natural and the artificial worlds that we are increasingly moving between.

Working across sculpture, moving image and animation, the artist has had a long standing interest in artificial intelligence and the way that humans and machine interact, and for this exhibition of new works, Chin will be combining the sophisticated technology of open source CGI imagery and voice sampling with more rudimentary collections of domestic objects to create intriguing and often humorous artworks.

*computer-generated imagery

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Related Events

Exhibition Launch Party

Thursday 27 January 2022
Humber Street Gallery
Free, no booking required

Join us to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibitions at Humber Street Gallery, Show Real by Kara Chin and Trust Melody by Ashley Holmes.

This event is a chance to meet the artists, visit both exhibitions and to bring people together from across the city for a drink or two.

In Conversation: Kara Chin

Wednesday 2 March 2022
Humber Street Gallery
Free, booking required

Join artist Kara Chin as she discusses her latest body of work for Humber Street Gallery, Show Real.

Haunted Machines Talk

Wednesday 9 March 2022
Free, booking required

Haunted Machines will take you on a guided tour of the world of computer graphics and simulation exploring various alternative worlds found in video games, films and interactive environments as well as being introduced to artists who seek to unpick and reveal the way that computer simulated imagery shapes our world.

This event has been programmed as a response to Kara Chin’s new solo exhibition Show Real at Humber Street Gallery.

Haunted Machines is a global super brand, research and curatorial project from Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell initially exploring stories of myth, magic and monsters in technology and more recently the automated production and sharing of images. They organise events, festivals, panels and give talks around their interests and research.

Artist bio

Kara Chin (b.1994, Singapore) lives and works in Newcastle, UK. She holds a BA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art (2018). She has been awarded the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize (2018); The Duveen Travel Scholarship, UCL (2018); The Alfred W Rich Prize, Slade (2017); Max Werner Drawing Prize, Slade (2015).

Chin has exhibited in galleries and museums including: The 8th International Triennial of Art and Ecology, Maribor, SI; BALTIC39, Newcastle, UK; South London Gallery, London, UK; DKUK, London, UK; Gallery North, Newcastle, UK; CBS Gallery, Liverpool, UK; Science Museum, London, UK; APT Gallery, London, UK; Fieldworks, London, UK; Quench, Margate, UK; VITRINE, London, UK VITRINE, Basel, UK; VITRINE, Digital; The Embassy Tea Gallery, London, UK; Subsidiary Projects, London, UK; Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough, UK; The Milton Gallery, London, UK; UCL Art Museum, London, UK; San Mei Gallery, London, UK; IMT Gallery, London, UK; Fold, London, UK; The Pallent House Gallery, London, UK; Off Site Project, Online; Huxley Parlour, London, UK.

Chin has recently finished a year-long residency in the Woon Tai Jee Studio, hosted by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK and Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

19 January – 27 March 2022

Space 1, Humber Street Gallery


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