Silicon Fen was a collaboration between Film and Video Umbrella and Norwich School of Art and Design that initiated further commissioning and exhibition partnerships, over a three-year period, with venues across the East of England. Illuminating the profound sense of place that distinguishes this traditionally remote part of the country, the project also stopped to consider how this relative isolation had not precluded a number of technological advances that have shaped and informed its landscape, tracing parallels between the complex patterns of water distribution that have elevated and enriched the Fens and the new hi-tech information networks that have become such a prominent contemporary feature of the region. This theme provided the focus for a series of new art works, presented at galleries, and online, and encompassing both digital media and photography. Exhibitions by Susan Collins, Suky Best, Annabel Howland and Dalziel & Scullion took place at galleries in Ely, Bedford, Peterborough and King’s Lynn. Additional online contributions by Stephen Hughes and TNWK are available via the Silicon Fen website.
BCA Gallery, Bedford: 19 June – 10 July 2004
Peterborough Digital Arts: 24 July – 5 September 2004
King's Lynn Arts Centre: 18 September – 30 October 2004
Peterborough Digital Arts: 9 February – 3 April 2005
BCA Gallery, Bedford: 23 April – 4 June 2005
King's Lynn Arts Centre: 14 January – 25 February 2006
Babylon Gallery, Ely: 1 April – 14 May 2006
Babylon Gallery, Ely: 23 September – 6 November 2006
A collaboration between Film and Video Umbrella and Norwich School of Art and Design. Funded by the Regional Arts Lottery Programme of Arts Council England, East.