For this exhibition, Nic Clear and Hyun Jun Park have selected and scanned three iconic sites in Huddersfield: Castle Hill, Queensgate Market and the Railway Station. They have manipulated the scan data to represent and explore these familiar spaces in unique ways through the production of images, animations and drawings, and in doing so expand the possibilities of contemporary spatial representation.
The information produced by the scans is highly technical and yet the images themselves evoke a much more speculative response to the sites, and when used in combination with other techniques it facilitates both an extremely precise mapping of spaces as well as the opportunity to develop narratives around the spaces that engage with a wider set of ideas and values. The ability to manipulate the ‘point-cloud’ data allows Clear and park to create synthetic spatial models that exists between the virtual and the actual and combine the ‘measured, the ‘experienced’ and even the ‘practiced’ in a way that no other form of spatial mapping is capable of.
The exhibition is an opportunity to showcase this technology as part of a wider area of research being undertaken by Clear and Park (F.U.N. | Future Urban Networks) at the University of Huddersfield, particularly exploring scanning technology as a form of art practice and represents the first stage of a longer project that will culminate with the 50th anniversary of the Queensgate Market in 2020.