Wolverhampton School of Art

Fine Art students and alumni take part in Tony Oursler's The Influence Machine.

The Influence Machine came to Wolverhampton as part of the Black Country Echoes Festival last month. The work is a multimedia piece, with videos projected onto smoke, trees and buildings. The piece creates a haunting urban landscape with spectres, sounds and smoke.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery worked in collaboration with The Artangel Collection at the Tate, to bring the art out of the Gallery and into St Peter’s Garden for all to see, and our Fine Art students and alumni worked with them to make sure the display came to life.

Su Fahy, MA Fine Art course leader, said: “Tony Oursler is a very prestigious New York artist so the professional experience of working on a site-specific project with an artist’s assistant is excellent for our students.”

Deb Slade, festival Cco-ordinator, said: “The Influence Machine is a fascinating artwork and we are lucky to have this work by Tony Oursler. The outdoor setting makes it really haunting, perfect for the Halloween weekend. The clocks going back has meant that we can make the showing early enough for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a great way to finish the half term.”

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