Rachael Causer writes:
We live in an ever more incredible world where the possibilities of disappearing into virtual worlds, becoming "other" people and living in imaginary landscapes are closer to hand than ever before. When an audience watched the first film, depicting a train rushing towards the camera, it's reported that they ran from the cinema, terrified they were going to be hit! The developments in online gaming and the advances in CGI mean that almost anything we can dream up can become "real", and today the spectacle of people wearing total virtual reality suits is a reality.
Against this backdrop, and inspired by these ideas, I worked with children from Gloucester House Day Unit, exploring memory and imagination and experimenting with creating an equivalent of the virtual reality headset - using cardboard! The children made their own ‘headsets’ containing tiny worlds or scenes from inside their heads.
Using a variety of materials including recycled cardboard boxes, tubes and welding masks they created characters, planets, under the sea worlds, spiders, cinemas, imaginary landscapes, houses and insects.
The work was incredible and formed part of the pop-up art exhibition at Gloucester House last week.
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Rachael Causer is an artist living and working in London. Much of her practice is concerned with the overlooked. Working across a range of media, that encompasses textiles based practices and photography, she explores materials and processes to examine our relationship with objects, with a particular interest in the domestic. Often working in series: collections of photographed abandoned mattresses; reflections of buildings in puddles; a taxonomy of repaired "lost" socks, she is interested in developing new understanding about our relationship to everyday things and, especially, notions of repair and re-use. Much of her work is about social engagement, developing projects that invite participation and collaboration.
She is the artist in residence at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, where she works with patient groups, staff, students and visitors. You can find out more about her work at the Trust here: