One and All – interactive artwork for The National Trust

One and All is an virtual voyage around Britain’s coast – and the first digital artwork commission by the National Trust, co-produced by The Swarm in collaboration with ArtDocs and SoundUK. 

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Try the project yourself here

Cumulating in an exhibition online and at Somerset House in London, three leading artists - Martyn Ware, Owen Sheers & Tania Kovats - work with visuals, poetry and sound to create a unique series of digital artworks to recognise and celebrate our powerful connection with the coastline and the sea’s that surround us.

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Online the viewer can explore the three main artworks individually, or ‘Brave the Wilds’ and take a virtual tour along the coast to experience them in context.  Martyn’s soundscape is comprised of stories captured from the public in a blue portable beach hut that toured the UK in the Summer of 2015. He has woven these memories them into his digital composition, allowing the user to remix a jutebox of film clips, juxtaposing contemporary views of the locations with archival footage.

In Tania Kovats piece, Tide, the visitor can see a live mapping of the high tide around the British Isles. The user can accelerate or pause the tide, discover harbours and headlands, and listen to the sound of waves slowed down to ‘tide time’ and the chatter of live coastal radio.  Her lists of harbours and headlands bear witness to this constant ebb and flow, a snapshot of our centuries old need for fixed landmarks.

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Owen Sheers spent two weeks living close to Worm’s Head and Paviland. He was struck by the choices it forces: go right or left, along the clifftop, to beach or cave – you must choose how to navigate this terrain. By talking with those who live and work on this coast he delved into it’s history, and the deeper time of archaeology and the rocks themselves, to produce a moving and cinematic poetry piece. The visitor must choose whether to turn left or right along the coast to experience the landscape in different ways.

This is an experimental digital art commission by Trust New Art at The National Trust – the first of it’s kind at the organisation. Not only allowing people assess the artworks at a national level, but commissioning The Swarm and it’s co-producing partners to work with the artists to produce artworks specifically designed to be experienced in a browser.