Cooke's Studios
Friday, June 16, 2023
Friday, July 14, 2023
102-104 Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5QR
North West England
Signal Film & Media

Exhibition Opening Times:

Sat 17th June – Sat 15th July

Open Wed – Sat | 11am – 5pm

Fri 16th June | 5.30pm | Launch Night/ Preview Event


TIDAL is our digital arts programme for 2023 which explores the unique proximity of the urban centre of Barrow-in-Furness with the coastlines that outline it. This exhibition forms the second of three commissioned artists tasked with creating work for an exhibition to reframe and investigate what the coast means to people and the planet. Talks, workshops and family-friendly activities will be running during this month-long exhibition. 

TROUBLED WATERS is the second of a series of artworks produced for TIDAL to be exhibited by award-winning Danish-born, London-based digital artist Stine Deja.

Deja’s planned installation is a  mysterious reflection upon a human-H2O relationship & our possible evolution from beneath the waves, considering the thirsty needs of Chatbots. Her practice explores the sticky in-between of real and virtual worlds with a striking arsenal of media that includes 3D animation, immersive installation, moving image, and digital surrogates.

Deja’s plan is for a ceiling-to-floor curtain of fine, water droplets providing a screen for the artist’s 3D Image-rendered artworks, which are projected from above into the recycled mist, as pools of water break through a steel grate floor. Amongst them digital pools stir… Visitors are asked to walk into this environment and reflect upon our watery planet…

Water connects humans, animals and the environment, and unfortunately our growing AI species is now drawing on the same limited resource. I’m fascinated by how something as ordinary as water and electricity, are the main arteries for something as complex as modern technology. While we are often unable to grasp the physicality of artificial intelligence, the installation shows their dependence on our same watery motherland.

Stine Deja will be giving an artist talk as part of the launch evening event on Fri 16th June, starting at 5.30pm.

West Cumbrian contemporary artist Zoe Forster has created Looking Out, Looking In – an installation that explores the marriage between the natural world that makes up the coastline of Walney Island and the urbanised mainland of Barrow. Her practice is concerned with representing and working within communities and groups of people who feel that art is not for them and those underrepresented within the art realm.

Forster looks at how these two ideas connect or can be connected through found objects, repurposing of materials, storytelling and photography including temporarily turning a coastal World War II bunker into a giant pinhole camera.

This micro-commission is part of the Cumbrian Artist Digital Development Lab within the TIDAL digital arts programme.