2020 - onwards

Across workshops, collaboration, and mentorship the fifteen SPUR residents explore the boundaries of their digital practice through a pseudo-identity. In the culmination of this period of research and exchange, SPUR.WORLD employs the avatars’ speculative look informing digital identity and environment.
Consisting of fifteen virtual worlds, the online exhibition represents the subconscious domain of the residents' custom avatars. Working within themes and representations of mysticism, ritual, and the natural world, the collective utilizes game engine technology to form complex yet cohesive narratives.
Housed within SPUR.BOT, a software-derived creature with tentacles expanding throughout the network, the exhibition expands from its unearthly central hub. Nebulous and unbound the viewer navigates the space by interacting with a series of avatar-generated icons. The access points to new worlds, the selected icon teleports the viewer to a plane of the avatar’s subconscious.
Developed in Unity, a cross-platform 3D game engine, each world is constructed as a three-dimensional interactive environment. Building from traditional methods of Live Action Role Play (Larp) and Real Game Play (RGP) the exhibition unfolds as the viewer moves through its varied realms. A series of hybrid worlds layered with audio, text, and video works SPUR.WORLD envelopes its viewer within a series of artist-generated landscapes, fueling the instinctual desire for escapism, play, and a brief moment outside of our physical selves.

Zhang OO, Sade Arellano, Nicholas Delap, Emma Dolan, Jordan Edge, Arieh Frosh, Benjamin Hall, Yifan He, Elijah Kennedy, Nayu Kim, Kerolaina Linkevica, Niamh Lynch, Kinnari Saraiya, and Ellie Towers.
SPUR will be working with the following hosting partners across the UK:
SPUR will be working with the following hosting partners across the UK: Arebyte, London
Chaos Magic, Nottingham
D Unit, Bristol
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Palfrey, London
QUAD, Derby
Detailed programme and partnership hosting schedule to be announced

SPUR is produced by
Chaos Magic, Omsk Social Club and D-Unit.
SPUR.WORLD website:
Joel Cocks and Multimodal
SPUR.WORLD virtual exhibition build:
Ben Hall
Graphic Design:
Creative Producer: 
Megan Broadmeadow
Head of Public Programme:
Julia Greenway

SPUR is presented in partnership with 
Chaos Magic of Nottingham and  D UNIT Bristol, Omsk Social Club, Arts University Bournemouth, Liverpool John Moores University, Cursor,
WARP, Resolume and Palfrey.
ECO has generously provided support
for forthcoming micro residency
for the SPUR community.

and its public programme are generously supported by Arts Council England.
is produced and directed by
Joey Holder