A six week artistic programme of sound and light installations for its inaugural exhibition at The Wind Tunnel Project, which runs from 9 June – 20 July 2014 has been announced at Farnborough, Hampshire. This runs concurrently with a diverse educational programme to engage the local community and schools.
Through site specific installations by a selection of international artists, the exhibition, which is housed in and around the wind tunnel in Farnborough, aims to revive and resurrect these 1917 and 1935 Grade I and II Listed buildings, open to the public for the first time.
Curator Salma Tuqan has invited artists to create site specific installations that respond to the space, as well as archival material from the FAST museum and the Royal Aeronautical Library. “We aim to create a sensory experience for visitors through subtle interventions using sound and light” Tuqan explains. The artist, writer and technologist James Bridle will draw inspiration from one of the aircraft tested in Farnborough to create his Rainbow Plane installation series, based on satellite mapping, which he will set in the Portable Airship Hangar that spans 1400 sq M. Meanwhile, sound artist Thor McIntyre-Burnie will reawaken Q121 and R52 wind tunnels, as apparatus to physically explore, via three new sculptural and sonic interventions.