Rolls-Royce Art Programme To Premiere New Immersive Artwork By American Artist Sondra Perry

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“Lineage for a Phantom Zone marks an important milestone in Rolls-Royce’s creative history. The newly commissioned work by artist Sondra Perry, sees Muse, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme’s inaugural award, the Dream Commission, come to fruition.

Initiated to advance the medium of moving image art, the Dream Commission has consisted of a two-year process during which leading lights of the artistic world selected Sondra Perry to create an entirely new work. I am pleased to confirm this work will be shown at the prestigious Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland, before travelling to Serpentine, London. On behalf of Rolls-Royce, I congratulate Sondra Perry on this exciting commission, and we look forward to sharing her installation this year.”

 Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Muse, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme is delighted to present the inaugural artwork created for the Dream Commission by American artist Sondra Perry. On public view, for the first time from 13 February – 13 March 2022 at Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland, Lineage for a Phantom Zone is a new immersive artwork which explores the subject of dreams.

Moving image art includes experimental film, animation, artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality. From its origins in the 1960s, moving image art has evolved into a highly sophisticated medium, often using data and artificial intelligence to generate complex visualisations. In recent years, leading curators, institutions, and collectors are recognising the medium as one of the most influential and exciting areas of today’s contemporary art world and an important frontier of innovation. The recent COVID-19 pandemic and the rising dominance of our digital presence has made moving image ever more relevant today.

With the Dream Commission initiative, Rolls-Royce are at the forefront of this important movement by focusing support on emerging artists working in this field, providing a platform for new moving image artworks to be created and exhibited. The innovation taking place in moving image art reflects Rolls-Royce’s vision for pushing technical and conceptual boundaries. Moving image serves as the ideal medium for artists to explore the Dream Commission’s aesthetic territory of dreams and dreaming.

Sondra Perry is a moving image artist who creates works exploring themes of race, identity and technology.  She was selected as winner of the Dream Commission in May 2021 from a shortlist of four moving image artists, by a Jury of leading art world figures. Lineage for a Phantom Zone is an audio-visual installation that explores Perry’s personal history through the lens of dreams, as well as ideas of memory, lineage, and longing. The exhibition will include disorientating and sensory elements, immersing the viewer and evoking the experience of dreaming.

The 2022 Dream Commission is brought to life in partnership with Fondation Beyeler, Basel and Serpentine, London. Following on from its inaugural presentation at Fondation Beyeler from 13 February – 13 March 2022, Lineage for a Phantom Zone will be presented at Serpentine in 2023.

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