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Alison Bennett, 2020, Tinning Street Experiment. Courtesy the artist
The new (ab)normal

Alison Bennett

In this instance, the Tinning Street Experiment is a wonky photogrammetry model of the Brunswick based gallery where I exhibited my PhD examination show a few years ago. Photogrammetry is a technique for building 3D models out of a set of 2D photographs. In the PhD exhibition, visitors could enter this model in a virtual reality headset as a lone visitor. Hosted on the webXR platform Mozilla Hubs, the encounter is now a multiuser social experience.

This period of physical isolation has emphasised the potential of the internet as a site for presenting and encountering art experiences. I have reconnected with an international community of artists who are exploring these platforms. Rather than attempting to recreate the gallery, I am prompted to wonder what is possible within the constraints of this situation.


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Alison Bennett, Tinning Street Experiment, 2020. Courtesy the artist

About the Artist

Alison Bennett’s practice is situated in ‘expanded photography’. Creative projects have tested the creative potential of augmented reality, photogrammetry, 3D scanning, and virtual reality as encompassed by the practice of photography. Bennett is lecturer in photography at RMIT School of Art and program manager of the Master of Photography.