TestBed 1

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TestBed 1

22 Newport Street
London SE11 6AY
United Kingdom
September 18th, 2010 - October 17th, 2010
Opening: September 17th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Other (outside main areas)
+44 020 7582 6465
Weds - Sat, 11 am - 5 pm (Closed 16-23 July 2014)


Beaconsfield will operate on reduced Summer Opening Hours Until 17th September, opening Tuesday - Friday only.

Millions online… video… home-editing… YouTube… conversational spectacle overnight… gulf between cinematic and lo-fi film narrows… viewers become creators… anarcho-democracy.

TestBed 1 is a series of new digital screen-based commissions produced in residence between March and September 2010 through readily available modes of production.

On-Site Residencies open to the public

TestBed 1 reflects popular practice by commissioning six new digital screen-based works, to be made through readily available modes of production.

In an age when millions of viewers have access to the Internet, video cameras and home-editing suites, a circulated YouTube clip can become a conversational spectacle overnight and the public en masse has been enabled to become not only viewers but creators. As the creative process itself has become more democratic with accelerating digital technology, the traditional gulf between cinematic and lo-fi film production values has narrowed.

From March to late July commissioned artists will use Beaconsfield as a creative base in a series of residencies. Limited means of production, collaboration and audience participation, supported by the context of a professional art space will serve as a framework for the commissions. During this time the public is invited to witness the act of making art, as our galleries turn laboratories, turn performance and production sites. FlatScreen will provide a continuous interface with a programme of artists’ films and linked material screening in Canteen Gallery 2 throughout the period.