UNSW Galleries are proud to present the Australian premiere of a major new installation which holds a dramatic mirror to some of the immense challenges confronting the world today. EXIT is a picture of a planet in trouble.
In an immersive, 360-degree installation, EXIT visually correlates global human migratory trends with urgent social and economic issues: increasing urbanisation, economic displacement, political disruption, climate change, natural disasters, and deforestation. Data gathered from over one hundred sources is geocoded, processed through a programming language, and presented visually by a rotating globe that translates statistics into maps, texts, and trajectories as it orbits the space.
Commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris based on an idea by Paul Virilio created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Laura Kurgan, Mark Hansen, Ben Rubin in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Stewart Smith.
Recently updated, EXIT was universally acclaimed when it was first exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo to coincide with the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Little more than a year later, with the escalating refugee and migration crises and the Paris Agreement in doubt, EXIT is a timely reflection on many of the most important challenges we collectively face. This is a global forecast that Australians cannot afford to miss.
Australian premiere presented in association with Sydney Festival and major sponsors the City of Sydney. EXIT will also be exhibited at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne in 2017.
“Surface” is an interactive light sculpture by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman. It is a 3D LED matrix – one of the largest in the world at 10m long and with over 16,000 individually controlled pixels. Surface is permanently installed at the Perth Children’s Hospital. It behaves like an inverted pond of water,.. each time a pedestrian walks underneath it they “throw a stone” into it, causing ripples to fan out across its virtual water surface.
Morbis Artis explores the radical conjunction between the biomolecular and the artistic, and the thin doorway between life and death housed within discourses of disease.
What constitutes life, what counts as a sentient being, and who gets to determine what lives are saved, punished, exploited and destroyed?
Composed of eleven separate but connected installation works, Morbis Artis explores the question of organic life through particular artistic lenses, each taking on the moniker of disease to represent and embody the issues that challenge bare life today.
Drawing upon Frances Stracey, the artists working on this exhibition consider Bio-art to represent ‘a crossover of art and the biological sciences, with living matter, such as genes, cells or animals, as its new media’.
If you are heading to PAX Australia this year, check out the following:
Gearing up for our premiere at PAX Australia in Melbourne next week we wanted to share our comprehensive ‘everything-you-need-to-know’ guide to Kept, and why we feel it is the virtual reality experience to check out this year.
For those still getting up to speed, Kept is an interactive virtual reality journey where you are the story. It is a spiritual adventure that takes you between visually fascinating worlds to free a forsaken soul. Using motion tracking and virtual reality technology, Kept was created to challenge the notion of what a game could be. Unlike our other forays into virtual reality, Kept stands alone as an exciting piece of work for its approach to interactive storytelling. It is a cross between a game and a film, giving players the chance to control how the journey unfolds by using their physical bodies to interact within the virtual world.
Kept is an interactive virtual reality journey to free a forsaken soul that explores the path we take when others pass. It is an experience that was built exclusively for virtual reality using the HTC Vive. In the experience, visitors are able to explore mythical new worlds by physically manoeuvring down grand rivers, crawl through ancient caves and scale towering obelisks. Featuring fantastical environments and reflective soundscapes Kept delivers an immersive experience of self discovery where you are the story. In this new storytelling format the line between games and films are obscured as Kept delivers an entirely unique concept that we hope will challenge what it means to create a virtual reality experience in the future.
Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital explores the increasingly important role of digital manufacture in contemporary art, science, fashion, design and architecture.
The exhibition features works by more than 60 artists, designers and architects from around the world including Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen and Ron Arad, as well as works from Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and objects from the MAAS collection. Out of Hand will examine the place and impact of digital technology in the design and production of objects, recognising that many techniques have emerged from past ideas and are now defining new possibilities, understandings and expectations.
Electrofringe is now accepting proposals from emerging electronic and technology based artists, designers and developers to be part of our annual flagship event EF16, taking place Saturday October 22 & 23 at 107 Projects, Redfern.
We’re seeking projects across all artforms, works can be at any stage of development and we also encourage practitioners to run workshops. This is an opportunity to present new work, share new ideas, receive direct feedback from eager audiences, and connect with peers and industry partners.
First program announcement for This is Not Art 2016 highlights focus on collaboration and cross-festival pollination.
This is Not Art (TiNA) celebrates Newcastle as a first rate creative city. Now in its 19th year, the festival has become an integral part of Newcastle’s arts calendar as young people from around the country converge on the city over the October long weekend to share ideas, meet like-minded creative and potential collaborators, and test work in a safe and supportive environment.
Longstanding co-presenters National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), Crack Theatre Festival and Critical Animals will this year be joined by Special Guests Hobotechno, a Newcastle based experimental arts collective. With a focus on engaging with the local community, activating multiple venues across the CBD and blurring the boundaries between writing, performance, visual arts and critical thinking, TiNA 2016 offers an array of workshops, panels, installations, performances and special events for those interested in exploring experimental and thought provoking contemporary arts.
Globelight is preparing for its third big exhibition this August – the only home grown event of its kind in Australia, championing real creativity and career development of over 50 artists since its inception in 2012. Artists and designers from around Australia have been invited to propose works responding to the theme “energy as light” and will be filling two venues with spectacular and thought provoking, creative artworks using a startling array of materials and, of course, light.
Off The Kerb Gallery will host smaller, object based works while the Abbotsford Convent opens it’s incredible spaces to larger installation works, both indoor and outdoor.
Dates for the event are as follows:
Off The Kerb
August 19 (Fri) Opening Night 6-9pm – includes live interview and opening speech by Peter Kennedy.
August 21 – 2-4pm Artist talks
Sept 2 Last day of exhibition
August 20 Opening night – Exhibition to be opened by Charles Justin, formerly of SJB architects and owner of JAHM art house museum
August 28 Final day of exhibition
The DIS 2016 theme of “fuse” is about exploring the range of new possibilities along the human and technology spectrum – the blurring of any clear divides between analog and digital, atoms and bits, materiality and virtuality, art and design, academy and industry. From mobiles to wearables, bearables, and even injectables, technology is finding its way to be carried by us, on by, and inside us. At the same time do we welcome more and more robots and humanoids into our lives – from Furby, Roomba, Siri, to Jibo. Are we witnessing a fusion of the cyborg with the matrix? What does the future of interactive systems hold? Join us at DIS 2016 to find out.
In 2016 the International Media Architecture Biennale (MAB’16) will take place in Sydney Australia at the brand new cultural precinct The Concourse, designed by multi-award-winning Australian architects fjmt.
MAB’16 is presented in conjunction with Vivid Sydney and the International Conference on Designing Interactive Systems DIS’16 at QUT in Brisbane.