Walker Art Gallery: Holo Programme 155

Walker Art Gallery: Holo Programme 155
Walker Art Gallery: Holo Programme 155


Venue: Walker Art Gallery
Dates: 13/07/2021 - 21/08/2021
Times: All Day


Holo Programme 155
From 13 Jul 2021
Walker Art Gallery

Holo Programme 155, by Liverpool artist Frances Disley (born 1976), is a new acquisition for the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. The installation takes inspiration from Star Trek’s ‘Holodeck’.

Holo Programme 155 is by Liverpool artist Frances Disley (born 1976). Commissioned by the Bluecoat, it is a new acquisition for the Walker. The installation takes inspiration from Star Trek’s ‘Holodeck’, a computerised space changed by virtual reality to suit a user’s needs. Disley considers the Gallery itself to be a Holodeck, transforming it for different artistic purposes.

Following lockdown, Disley’s work reimagines the Gallery as a location for well-being and recovery. The quilt, displayed as a wall hanging, is normally intended to be laid out for people to sit on. The holodeck computer is ‘activated’ by a 20-minute audio recording called a guided visualisation. This is informed by the research of Salford University psychologists, and the visualisation is clinically proven to reduce stress and relieve pain. Listen to it here.