British Library invites entries for Labs Awards 2015

The British Library's just announced the Labs Awards 2015 competition, calling for entries that respond to its online digital collections in one of three ways - in the context of a research project, in the production of work of commercial value, or in the creation of a work of art. You have until 14th September to submit your entry. For more details, why not have a look at their website

They suggest that you might like to take a look at some earlier examples of work inspired by the collections before submitting your entry. One such work is artist David Normal's Crossroads of Curiosity, a suite of four light box murals inspired by 19th-century print illustrations in the British Library's digitised collection. Currently on display in the British Library Piazza, it consists of a series of Surrealistic tableaux  that juxtapose images of vastly different times, places, and peoples.

David Normal, Crossroads of Curiosity, 2015, British Library Piazza.

David Normal, Crossroads of Curiosity, 2015, British Library Piazza.

David Normal begins by selecting several images that he thinks will go together well and then uses Photoshop to create black and white collages by editing, arranging and composing them. Once he's created a final version, he paints over the digital prints. To find out more, why not take a look at this video of an interview with the artist?