Last night Thomas Webb presented his debut art exhibition at the Woodbury House Gallery. Notable attendees: Reggie Yates, Professor Green, Vanessa White, Talia Storm, Paddy Gibson, Munroe Bergdorf, Marcus Butler and Emma Gannon. The night was fueled by real-time digital expression and attendees were wowed by Webb’s understanding and usage of unseen technology marking a world first with many of Webb’s pieces creating new mediums for artistic expression.

The night presented never before seen 3D holograms, after selling out his holograms, Webb is the first artist to create 3D hologram artwork in the world. The pieces were showing future ‘over-the-counter’ drugs such as Adderall, Xanax and even a hypothetical drug Cynax, a suicide pill available to buy online. The holograms were presented in the form of an advertisement, giving attendees an insight into Webb’s predictions on what the future of consumption might shape into.

Another world first, Webb created an infinity mirror with moving visuals. The technology allows Webb to show real-time objects moving inside a 3D, infinite space. The pieces ranged from digital mirrors, designed to reflect the thoughts and words of strangers back at attendees, to holograms that displayed the future potential of advertising and performance-enhancing drugs.

One of the most popular aspects of the evening was a VR installation named ‘Free Trial.’ In the ‘Free Trial’ room, an almost human-like sex doll that’s presence was both shocking and overwhelming for some attendees sat between guests as they are immersed into a daylight apartment where they will find a beautiful semi-clad woman who begins a lap dance. The idea behind the piece was to present a futuristic take on pornography and to display the potential for future technologies to replace real-life interaction. The intimacy of the experience was staggering, with many attendees claiming it had ‘changed my life.’ The seven-minute experience was one of the busiest installations at the exhibit and only towards the end of the night did queues die down for ‘Free Trial.’

Webb was the first to present ‘Infinity’ mirrors making use of new technologies to create infinite depth in his pieces. Most notably, one infinity mirror featured falling Xanax pills that were precisely updated at the rate by which Xanax pills were prescribed in the United States. This 65-inch infinite waterfall of prescribed medication carried a harrowing warning and commentary on the use of prescribed anti-depressants.

One of the biggest talking points of the evening was Webb’s real-time emotion mirrors. Webb created an AI that downloaded real-time tweets into a database every second, allowing for the picking and choosing of certain tweets. The AI then searched through the tweets to find sentiment about topics of his choosing, and then displayed those tweets on the screen. One mirror showcases real-time tweets about depression, with guests looking into their reflection as anonymous strangers from around the world blast their emotions at this moment online for us to see.

“Food Bank” was another of Webb’s pieces that staggered attendees by its uncomfortable juxtaposition. The piece showed two numbers alternating, one being the number of global deaths today from hunger and the other the daily amount of money spent in dollars in weight loss programmes, minus the money needed to feed those that died. The shocking gravity of these two statistics prompted intriguing responses from attendees mostly of alarm, shock and introspection.

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