Thresholds, a fully immersive portal to the past, transported you through space and time to experience the dawn of photography like never before.
In 1839, British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot presented his photographic prints to the public; in doing so, he created the world’s first major photography exhibition.
Almost 180 years later, Thresholds, an extraordinary virtual reality artwork by Mat Collishaw, allowed you to visit Talbot’s seminal exhibition for yourself. Participants took a multisensory journey back in time to see, hear and feel the past. Within the virtual environment, you could walk through a digitally reconstructed room, marvel at Talbot’s inventions, and even feel the heat of a coal fire.
‘Extraordinary... impressive and magical and strange... you don’t understand how much you enjoyed the virtual world until you feel the urge to go back’
‘The dawning of a new art form... this is the future’
‘Collishaw has not recreated an historical experience, but has instead constructed an entirely new one’